The Science of Water

Water.  We all know we SHOULD drink it, but how much, how often, and why?  Who knew there was a scientific way to drink something as basic as water?  Scientists now believe that we need to drink 1-2 glasses of water immediately after waking up in the morning.  This takes your body out of sleep mode and into working mode. It clears the toxins that have built up in our bodies over night.  

You should wait about 40 minutes after drinking the water to start eating breakfast.  In fact. A full glass of water 30 minutes before each meal helps with digestion, makes you feel fuller (so you may cut down on calories), and prepares your intestines for the food it’s about to receive.  Also limiting your water intake to one glass during and after dinner helps your system get the nutrients from the food you just ate. Think about it, if your stomach is full of water, you are just flushing out all the vitamins, and minerals you just ate!

Make sure you keep yourself well hydrated during physical activities.  Especially when the temperature is in the 90’s. Drink a glass of water before you start exercising and then take small sips (just enough to wet your lips and inside your mouth) during exercise.  Guzzling large amounts of water will just deplete your electrolytes and salt, making you feel tired and dizzy. Same goes for after you’re done exercising. Small sips, not chug-a-lugging a gallon of water.

Drink a glass of warm water before getting into your garden bathtub.  It will help lower your blood pressure. The water opens your blood vessels (decreasing blood pressure) and dilutes the sodium (decreasing blood pressure).

Keeping your body hydrated throughout the night can decrease your chances of having a heart attack.  Heart attacks occur more often in the morning due to your blood thickening during the night from being dehydrated.  

One sign of fatigue is dehydration.  Drinking a glass of water when your tired boosts your brain as if you had a cup of coffee.  

Add a lemon into your water and you can really boost how all this H20 helps your body organs.  Lemons are a natural cleanser, are considered fibrous, and have a nice clean scent that lifts your spirits up.

All in all, water seems to be one of those perfect “foods”.  Whether you drink it from a bottle, from a filtered pitcher, or from your refrigerator, we all need to put 6-8 glasses of water on our list of things to do today.

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