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PHS volleyball: Coach Denee Newton

First-year PHS volleyball coach Denee Newton talks to the team in practice.

For the second straight time during an interview with volleyball coach Denee Newton, she mentioned to me the term, "brain fueling." Perhaps it's something I should pay attention to for my own health (as well as the newspaper's health).

Basically, the brain fueling involves wise choices with nutrition and plenty of water. When I say plenty of water, I'm not kidding.

"We told them they need to drink four 32-ounce bottles of water a day and eat breakfast," Newton said.

On the amount of water, I couldn't believe that someone could drink that much in a day. When I had my blood clot problems last year, my hematologist insisted that I drink around 80 ounces per day.

Just reaching that was a challenge and I even had to install an app on my phone to track the water. It wasn't uncommon for me to be downing a glass or two in the evening hours before bed to reach the daily goal (which wasn't good either because drinking that much water before lying down usually led to heartburn).

But of course, high school athletes are younger and have a different metabolism than the 51-year-old newspaper guy.

"You have essentially 12 hours in the day," Newton explained, adding that players are urged to drink 32 ounces of water "between 7 and noon, and noon and and 3, at practice, and between post-practice and bedtime."

The players seem to be taking the brain fueling seriously. She even receives pictures of what they ate for breakfast.

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