Best Way to Drink Water
Tip for Today – What is the Best Way to Drink Water?
Most of us take water for granted. We know it is important to drink, but we go about our lives drinking only a few glasses per day. Water is essential for every cellular action within the body. Our vital organs which are made up of our cells need water to function properly. When we are dehydrated, our body no longer works efficiently. We become more easily fatigued and our immune system starts to break down.
The best way to drink water is to drink it all throughout the day. However, because of our busy schedules, sometimes it just becomes difficult to make it happen. One of the things that can help is to have a habit of carrying water with us wherever we go. If it is easily available and at our side, the chances improve greatly that we will drink more of it.
If it aren’t able to drink enough throughout the day, the next best thing is to make sure we drink enough before we eat the next meal.
Drinking Between Meals, But Not With Meals
We should be drinking water before our meals and in between meals, but not with our meals. When you drink before a meal, the general rule is to do so about five to ten minutes before you eat as long as it is Kangen Water. (If it is tap, bottled or filtered water, you will need to wait longer.) Some people can drink and sit down to eat their meal a minute or two later. The key is to listen to your own body as some people don’t need to wait as long as others. If you drink enough before your meal, guess what? You will eventually lose your desire to drink with your meal.
How Much Should You Drink Each Day
This depends on several things. The first factor to take into consideration is our weight as a little person doesn’t need as much water as a great big person. We should drink half our body weight in ounces. In other words someone who weighs 150 pounds should drink about 75 ounces per day. The 200 pound person should drink about 100 ounces per day.
When we exercise, our need for hydration increases. Depending on how hard we push our body will impact how much more we need to be drinking.
Humidity, extreme hot or cold weather, and high elevation levels are other things to consider when determining optimal hydration needs. Pregnant and nursing women usually need to increase their hydration.
Learn to Chew Your Food Properly
Most of us learned to drink with our meal and to use liquids to swallow our food whole. Instead, we want to chew our food up to 30 times per bite. When we chew our food long enough, it is very easy to swallow. In the process of chewing, we are also releasing enzymes via our saliva which aid in the digestive process. Your digestive system will love you for doing this.
The other reason we don’t want to be drinking with our meals is because most of the fluids we drink will interfere in the digestive process. The body produces hydrochloric acid which is about 2.5 ph. This acid is used to break down the food in the stomach. If this pH is not reached, then our food is often not properly broken down which causes other problems in the body. Undigested food is very acidifying. Some believe undigested food causes more acidic issues than even carbonated drinks.
When we drink liquids with our meal, then the body needs to produce more HCL which creates a further burden on the body. As we age, this becomes even a greater problem as many digestive disorders can be linked back to insufficient HCL production.
Many digestive problems are caused by too little stomach acid. It may seem like there is too much acid because of heartburn, sour stomach, or overall stomach upset, nausea, and pain, but having too little acid can cause exactly the same symptoms as too much acid.
Some people say, “I have to drink with my meal.” Well, try drinking 20 to 27 ounces of water before you eat and see if you still have the same need to drink with your meal.
Give it a try! See what happens!