How to Hydrate

TIPS FOR PROPER HYDRATION

  • 2 glasses upon arising helps to activate internal organs and improves regular bowel functioning

  • 1 glass 15 - 30 minutes BEFORE breakfast or one hour after

  • 1 glass 15 – 30 minutes BEFORE lunch

  • 1 glass 15 – 30 minutes BEFORE your afternoon snack

  • 1 glass 15 – 30 minutes BEFORE dinner

  • 1 glass before your shower helps to prevent dehydration

  • 1 glass before bed helps prevent heart attack and stroke

To enhance digestion it is better to hydrate BETWEEN meals. When we over-drink with our meal, we actually hinder digestion by diluting the gastric juices, making them less effective at breaking down food properly. As a result, nutrient absorption is compromised and symptoms of indigestion may increase.

On a side note, did you know that water consumption increases the rate at which you burn calories? Even more so if it's cold. If you are a fan of cold or iced drinks, however, it is essential that you consume them on an empty stomach ONLY, no less than 30 minutes before you eat. Drinking iced or cold liquids with a meal will delay the digestive function by freezing shut the tiny ducts that release the gastric juices. On an empty stomach however, cold liquids help curb your hunger and raise your metabolism.

So what can you drink with your meal? Sipping coffee, hot tea, red wine or room temperature water with your meal is okay. Since you are hydrating between meals thirst should not be an issue. You just need enough liquid to help you swallow.

Pure, fresh water has the added bonus of helping to detoxify, making your digestive system more efficient. All forms of soda or flavored drinks should be eliminated if they contain either refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. These have no positive contributions and are a weight loss nightmare. For variety, try adding some citrus, mint, strawberry or basil to your water or alternate regular water with sparkling water.

Disclaimer: This information is in no way intended to diagnose or treat specific medical conditions and is not a substitute for you own personal research. It contains basic information, that is publicly available. It is not intended as individualized advice or as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Any suggestions I make are not a substitute for you own personal research. Always consult your own licensed medical practitioner if you are in any way concerned about your health. You must satisfy yourself of the validity of the professional qualifications of any healthcare provider and, as always, do not discontinue any medications without your doctor’s consent.

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