As there is art of eating, there is an art of drinking water as well. Human body consists of about 37.2 trillion cells and 75-80% of these cells live in water.
They require water for strong immunity, metabolic activity, weight loss, and cellular function.
The way we drink water is extremely important to our health. We hear everywhere the benefits of drinking water and we see people trying to drink more water, but there is a way to drink water.
Sit and sip your water slowly!
When you sip your water slowly, it mixes with saliva.
Your saliva is alkaline in nature while your stomach is acidic in nature for all the right reasons because your stomach requires a certain amount of acid to digest your food and that’s great, but too much acid with excess amount of food or bad food is a cause for worry.
So, we want our saliva get into our stomach so that the alkaline effect of saliva can stabilise excess acid in the stomach. One way to get the saliva into your stomach is the way we drink water.
Another way to get saliva into stomach is to drink water 15-20 min before your meal and 15-20 min after your meal; preferably lukewarm or room temperature water.
Now, if you feel that you must drink water while you are eating, it should be a sprinkle of water into your stomach and you don’t want to drink large amounts of water so that you leave enough of space for digestive activity.
Also, excess amount of water dilutes the acid in your stomach and affects the digestive process.
Drink when thirsty, but don’t wait to become too thirsty!
The human body has a defence mechanism and a warning mechanism. It tells us when we are hungry if you listen to it, and it also tells when we are thirsty.
You need to be careful when you are in an air-conditioned environment as you may not get the signal when you are thirsty and you become dehydrated.
Don’t worry, there are certain indicators that you can rely on - your lips can become dry if your body has low levels of water and you need to drink water immediately.
Another indicator is the colour of your urine. Straw-coloured to transparent-yellow urine indicates the normal urine colour of a healthy, well-hydrated body. It turns darker in yellow when there is less water in your body (remember some over-the-counter and prescription medications can also make your urine more darker; this includes antibiotics, laxatives, and certain chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer).
The amount of water you need depends on your body!
When you drink large amounts of water too quickly, most of it goes out of your system too quickly.
What you want for good cellular metabolism and good cellular energy & activity is to get the water absorbed into your cells.
So, when you sip your water slowly, you allow it to get absorbed into your cells.
So, the amount of water you need to drink depends on your body, the kind of food you eat. For example coffee acts like a diuretic and for every glass of coffee you might need to drink 2 glasses of water for the excess water that is flushed out.
A glass of water before having a shower helps you lower your blood pressure and it’s extremely important.
Allow your body to use right amount of energy for digestion!
And when it comes to losing weight, drink water slowly as mentioned before.
When you drink slowly, you allow the digestion to ease, you enhance the digestion, and you allow the body to use right amount of energy for digestion.
Today, most of our digestive system rob energy from our body to digest all the food that we eat and especially when we eat them the wrong way.
You can minimise the energy spent on digestion by sipping water slowly, you sip yourself some amount of weight loss as well.
So master the art of drinking and keep yourselves healthy!