Do you know how and when to drink water?

It’s always said that it’s important to drink water, because it provides a lot of health benefits, but do you know how and when to do it correctly? It’s important to know how and when to drink water, because the way in which you do it determines whether it is beneficial or harmful to the body.

Before breakfast, absolutely necessary

Drinking one or two glasses of water before breakfast helps cleanse toxins that have remained in the digestive tract, and also gently activates the organs to start working.  Just do this 20 minutes before breakfast.  It is much healthier than starting the day by drinking coffee, for example.

Also, if you drink it warm or hot, even adding the juice from half a lemon, you will activate your intestines, which is why it is an excellent and simple remedy for fighting constipation.

It is also very recommendable to do it if, in the morning when you wake up, you experience fluid retention.  If your face or eyelids are swollen, this will also make your kidneys start to function.

water with lemon-DorteF

Hungry or thirsty?

Did you know that a lot of times, when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually thirsty?  Sometimes we don’t know how to interpret the signals our bodies send us, and this is especially important if you are trying to control your weight.  That’s why recommend one very simple thing: every time you’re hungry, drink a glass of water.  If, after a few minutes, you’re still hungry, then you can eat.  It might surprise you that a lot of times, your hunger simple disappears.

Half an hour before meals to eat less

If you were to drink a glass of water half an hour before meals, you will not only prevent being thirsty during the meal, but it will also be slightly satiating, which will prevent you from eating in excess.

Don’t drink a lot while eating

Likewise, it is important to drink throughout the day.  You should completely avoid drinking during meals, because the water interferes with the gastric juices, which could worsen digestion.  Also, it could make children less hungry.

If you’re eating a salty or seasoned meal you could drink a bit, which is why it could be helpful to include fresh foods like salads vegetable soups in each meal.  Reduce your salt consumption and finish the meal with a digestive infusion, and drink before eating.


A glass before going to bed

You have started the day by drinking, and you should also finish it this way, with a glass of warm water.  This prepares the body for rest.  In fact, an infusion made from medicinal plants would also be a good idea.

Avoid this advice if you need to urinate a lot throughout the night, if you suffer from incontinence, or for small children.

Don’t drink large amounts in one drink

Whenever we recommend drinking throughout the day, we mean small sips from time to time, not large gulps.  This is especially recommendable when it’s hot, when you’re working out, etc.

Cold, hot or warm water?

Even in the dessert, people drink hot tea because this makes them sweat, and therefore refreshes them.  Which is why you should always drink warm or hot water.  At any rate, never ask for cold water, because this could affect the digestive system.  This could alter the natural hot temperature needed for digestion.

How much should I drink?

One and a half liters?  Two liters?  We can’t give you any definitive information until you learn to listen to your own body.  You don’t need the same amount in summer as you do in winter, a child doesn’t need the same as an adult, nor does someone who sweats easily versus someone who doesn’t, vegetarians versus those that eat a lot of animal protein, etc.  At first it may be difficult to continuously drink water, but once you start, you’ll realize that your body will ask you for how much liquid it needs.


If it’s difficult…

It’s difficult for a lot of people to drink water.  One very easy trick is to add a little bit of natural lemon juice and a few drops of purified stevia.  This simple detail will give your water a delicious taste of lemonade, without adding calories or other substances.

Another option would be to add a drop of citrus essential oil (orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin…) which is fit for consumption.

Infusions are also a good alternative for alternating with natural water.

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