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Mar 7, 2012

Proper Nutrition and Hydration Key to Optimal Body Function

Dr. Shawn Talbott - MonaVie VP of Research and DevelopmentHi, this is Shawn Talbott, the new VP of Research & Development here at MonaVie. I’m thrilled to be part of the MonaVie family, and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible and hearing about how R&D can help you build your businesses with amazing MonaVie products.

In my first MonaVie blog post, I wanted to share some of my comments that appear in this month’s issue of Women’s Health magazine (March 2012). In the article, A Better Body? No Sweat! I comment about the importance of adequate water intake to avoid dehydration. Why? Because being dehydrated can substantially slow your metabolic rate and may impact your ability to burn as many calories as possible.

For all of you RVL-utionaries out there who are working with Mark Macdonald to drop body fat, you also want to make sure that you’re drinking at least the “eight-glasses-a-day” (64 ounces) that you often hear about, but also an additional 16 to 20 ounces of water for every hour you train. Mark writes about the importance of water in his book, Body Confidence, but it’s worth repeating that maintaining proper hydration keeps your metabolic engine fired up and burning fat all day long. Most people only drink about 4–5 glasses of water each day—which is enough to reduce metabolic rate by about 2% (especially if you’re exercising to help shed body fat) and can be a meaningful difference in your daily calorie expenditure.

Some of my colleagues at the University of Utah, where I taught nutrition for a number of years, have shown that subjects drinking 8 glasses of water daily not only had superior metabolism compared to those drinking only 4 glasses per day, but they also reported feeling better, with better physical and mental energy levels. Since our thirst mechanisms don’t kick in until we’re dehydrated by about 2%–3%, we really need to encourage ourselves to drink even when we’re not feeling thirsty.

In that same March 2012 issue of Women’s Health, I’m also the “featured expert,” where I comment on various “de-stressing” techniques that I use myself to help tame stress and prevent stress-eating. Because stress hormones such as cortisol are often a potent appetite signal to the brain (typically for sweets and sugars), we need to do everything we can to reduce the “stress load” on our bodies from everyday stress, as well as from the “stress” of dehydration and the “stress” of inadequate nutrition.

Even for a full-time nutritionist, it can be hard to eat right all the time, so having access to high-nutrient-density products such as MonaVie Mx and the RVL Nutrition Shake Mix helps us to fuel and protect our bodies the way they need to be.

Do you also find it difficult to hydrate and eat right all the time?
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About the Author
Shawn Talbott is VP of Research and Product Development for MonaVie. He holds a MS in Exercise Science, a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry, and is the author of 10 books, including The Secret of Vigor (Hunter House, 2011), where he discusses how chronic stress depletes energy, mood, and mental function—and how simple strategies (diet, exercise, supplements) help us beat burnout and restore vigor to help you feel great, even when you’re under stress.

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