In honor of National Hydration Day on Thursday, June 23, Brady's Tampa-based health and wellness company, TB12, is sharing top-secret intel on how the football star avoids dehydration.
TB12's head body coach Drew Ryan says that hydration is not only important for performance, but also longevity and recovery after a workout. Staying hydrated helps regulate body temperature, delivers nutrients to cells and helps keep organs functioning. Even if you're not an athlete, you still need eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day, and maybe even more depending on where you live (hello, Sarasota summer).
Here's what to do.
Drink two glasses of water when you wake up.
Drinking water first thing in the morning can flush out toxins built up throughout the night. It can also kickstart your metabolism for the day.
Brady adds TB12 electrolyte powder to his morning quaff, but you can add any electrolyte powder that includes sodium, magnesium, potassium and zinc if you want to.
Drink a glass every hour or two.
Brady drinks half his body weight in ounces per day. But it's the time of day that matters. After his two in the morning, he sticks to one glass every hour or two.
Drinking too much water in a short period of time can backfire by causing overhydration and diluting vitamins and minerals in the body. Try to avoid drinking more than four 8 oz. glasses in a one hour period.
Carry around a water bottle.
Brady has been known to carry around a big bottle of water wherever he goes. In fact, former pro football star Troy Aikman said he was inspired to carry one himself after Brady joined him in a meeting lugging a big jug around.
Don't drink during meals.
Ryan says Brady limits water drinking to 30 minutes before and an hour after eating a meal. This "allows your body to fully benefit from your meal's nutritional value," he explains.
That said, experts at the Mayo Clinic say there's no concern that water thins or weakens your digestive juices or interfere with digestion. So don't be hard on yourself if you need a sip or two.
Limit dehydrating liquids.
It's been discovered that Brady has never (gasp!) tried coffee. He also doesn't drink alcohol very often. But don't worry, you don't have to get that drastic.
TB12 staff only recommend limiting dehydrating liquids like alcohol, caffeine and soda. If you are going to drink any of the above, rebalance your hydration with a glass of water for each beverage you consume.
Make sure you are getting electrolytes.
Electrolytes are vital to our health. This is why Brady adds electrolyte powders to his water routine. Make sure you use powders or eat foods that include magnesium, sodium, potassium and zinc and other essential nutrients like iron, manganese and iodine, which can be depleted when you're sweating or dehydrated.
Increase hydration during exercise.
When Brady follows his routine, he drinks anywhere from 14 to 37 glasses of water per day. But on super active days, he drinks even more (up to 300 oz).