Many people do not drink sufficient water for various reasons. Many drink beverages or even alcohol, thinking they are getting sufficiently hydrated. Our bodies are 75 percent water and water is required for the proper functioning of all systems in the body. You can drink the water of any kind as long as it is potable drinking water, free of bacteria and germs. You can have it hot or cold, sparkling or plain, filtered or tap (where tap water is safe to drink).
Why is timing important when drinking water?
You cannot drink too much water at one time without feeling extremely uncomfortable and even bloated. So it makes sense to space it out during the day. But research shows that if you drink water at specific times in relation to your meals or activities, your body benefits even more from the water, utilizing it more effectively.
- On waking – Drink one or two glasses of water immediately on waking up. You have been fasting the whole night, so water is a great way to start your day and get the motor running and flush out toxins from the body.
- Before bathing – A glass of water before taking a bath will help reduce blood pressure, if you suffer from hypertension. If you have woken up and had water and then rushed to shower, then you can miss this one.
- Before a meal – Have another glass of water half an hour before a meal. This will reduce hunger pangs and prime your digestive system for the food that is to follow. Don’t have it a few minutes before a meal as it will dilute the digestive acids and avoid drinking water after the meal for the same reason.
- With a snack – You may think you are hungry, but your body may actually be signaling thirst. Plus drinking a glass of water will enable you to eat less.
- Before and after a workout – Any exercise regimen requires that you are well hydrated so that you don’t suffer muscle cramps and your recovery period is faster. So drink water before and after the workout.
- Take your medicines with sufficient water – Don’t just swallow a pill dry or with a sip of water; drink a full glass of water to enable the medicine to work better and faster.
- Drink water with alcohol – For every glass of alcohol you drink, you should have a glass of plain water. This will keep you from getting dehydrated since alcohol is extremely dehydrating.
If you have a time-table or schedule for drinking water, you will make sure that you will drink it. Aim to drink a minimum of eight glasses of water a day, more if you can. And if you suffer from night time bladder problems, stop drinking water two hours before bed.
What about alkaline water? Recently alkaline water has made news, for its touted benefits of reducing acidity, bone loss, tooth decay, joint disorders and even aiding longevity. While there is no scientific research to back the claims of alkaline water there is a great deal of anecdotal evidence. So you can try it out and if it helps you, you can have alkaline water.
Are you drinking sufficient water?