Most people know that the water represents from 50-75% of our body weight, it is the source of life and sufficient water intake is essential for the proper functions of most body processes. However, not everyone knows how and when to drink water and what are the recommended quantities.
How much water should we drink?
Some researchers have come up with a calculator to indicate the right amount of water needed for every individual. Weight in kilograms X 0.033 = liters per day.
However, the average daily water requirement for an adult is said to range between 2.2 to 3 liters per day depending on age, gender and activity.
When to drink water?
• In the morning: Before doing anything else, drinking one to two glasses of water just after you wake up can help stimulate intestinal movement, lower blood concentration and boost blood circulation. (If you have digestive difficulties or heartburn, try adding a capful of raw apple cider vinegar or the juice of some lemon to that water.)
• Before a meal: Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before meals can help prepare the digestive system to better absorb nutrients.
• After a meal: It is NOT advisable to drink lots of water during or within half an hour after a meal because it can affect digestion.
• In the afternoon: About 4 – 5 pm in the afternoon drink two cups of water to refresh the body and the mind.
• One hour before sleep: The body consumes water while we are asleep, making us feel thirsty and dehydrated in the morning. Drink some water an hour before sleeping can help replenish any water loss during the night.
How to drink water?
• It is best to drink room temperature water. You may also drink it warm even hot. Take small sips to let the water mix with the saliva.
• Do not count juices, milk, alcohol, coffee to hydrate you (it is the opposite), just count the water.
• Do not drink cold water; it will solidify the oil part of the food you have eaten. This will slow down the digestion process and when it reacts with the digestive enzymes and acids, it will break down and will start getting absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. This lines the intestine and the consequence is that it will turn into fats.