Do You Know How and When to Drink Water?

· March 1, 2015
Drinking water is essential to survive, but do you know the best ways that we can drink it? Read below about how to drink water to maximize its health benefits.

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, determines whether it is beneficial or harmful to your 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 drink water 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 and add 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 drink water before breakfast if you experience fluid retention. If your face or eyelids are swollen, this will also make your kidneys start to function better.

water with lemons

Hungry or thirsty?

Did you know that a lot of times, when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually only thirsty? Sometimes we don’t know how to interpret the signals our bodies send us. This is especially important if you are trying to control your weight.

That’s why we 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 simply disappears.

It should be noted that it is not recommended substituting water for food or meals.

Half an hour before meals to eat less

If you 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 satiating.

In other words, you will feel more full. This in turn will prevent you from eating in excess.

Read this too: Foods With Satiating Effects

Don’t drink a lot while eating

Likewise, it is important to drink water throughout the day. You should try to avoid drinking during meals, because water interferes with the gastric juices, which could worsen digestion.

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

We recommend: Teas and Infusions: A Guide to Each

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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 with dessert, people drink hot tea because this makes them sweat, and therefore refreshes them. Which is why you should always try to drink warm or hot water.

Cold water can affect the digestive system. It can alter the natural hot temperature needed for digestion, so be cautious when drinking very cold water.

How much should I drink?

One and a half liters? Two liters of water? 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 don’t need the same amount as someone that eats a lot of animal protein and 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.

child drinking water

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 lots of 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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