Drinking water is not rocket science and is one of the easiest habits anyone can adopt. But not everyone adopts this basic thing called water drinking. It is common knowledge that we should stay hydrated by taking about eight glasses of water every day. However, what is not so common is the best time to actually drink water.
Hydrating yourself when you feel that thirst pang is normal, but not as effective. What gives you the overall benefit of sticking to a healthy water drinking habit is when you do it at the optimal times throughout the day.
Why is this effective?
When you drink water at the right time of the day, you automatically boost your overall health. Also, your cognitive functioning is an added benefit. You are probably aware of all its benefits, and how overhydrating can be harmful to you. This is where you need to strike a balance and to do it correctly.
Drinking water right helps you prevent common problems. They include heart attack, stroke, bloating, constipation, overeating, stomach pain, headache and high blood pressure.
It’s no surprise that many people of Nippon descent live beyond a hundred years. The vast majority of them live in Japan, and it’s a daily ritual for them to drink two glasses of water first thing in the morning. You can attribute their health, beauty and longevity to that habit.
Therefore, to reap its benefits, here are the best times of the day you should have your H2O.
Best times to drink water
1. Before brushing
Drink water first thing in the morning when you wake up and before you brush. This is because fluoride contaminates it if drunk after brushing. Taking 160ml (2 glasses) helps jump-start your brain and body from sleep mode, to grind mode. Also, it helps rid you of all toxins in your circulatory system by purifying your whole body organs.
2. Before breakfast
Drink eat or drink anything for 30-50 minutes after drinking it, and brushing. Give your body time to purify, hydrate and energise your cells with new oxygen.
3. Prep before any meal
You should hydrate 30 minutes before any meal of the day to aid with digestion and to keep your caloric intake in check. It also prevents you from overeating. So, whenever you feel hungry in between meals, drink water because you just might be dehydrated.
4. Other times
In addition, here are some other tips to help you know the best times to drink water, and their benefits:
- Two glasses of water in the morning after waking up helps activate internal organs.
- One glass of H2O thirty minutes before a meal aids in digestion.
- One glass of water taking a bath helps you avoid high blood pressure.
- One glass of H2O before going to bed helps to avoid strokes and heart attacks.
You can get yourself in a good habit of drinking water by carrying your bottle about. Having it around reminds you that you need to take a swig of that H2O. However, some people weirdly abhor the taste of water. This is where you add some flavour to your water and, consequentially, your life. By adding lemon juice or a slice of lemon, the taste would be 100% improved. Also, you’d get added benefits from the lemon water.
The water game just changed, and you don’t want to be the losing party. So, climb on board, drink your H2O at the best time and share this nugget of wisdom to your family and friends now.