Okay, so now you know you need water throughout the day, everyday from my last post https://eatlivefit.net/2015/08/03/how-important-is-water/
But, did you know that drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body?
- 2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
- 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
- 1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
- 1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack I can also add to this… My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.
Your are still short several glasses even after adding all these to your agenda. Here are a few more hints to get you to optimum hydration each and every day:
- Drink only water with meals. You want to taste your food and drinking other liquids will mask your tastebuds and in turn influence the taste of the food you are eating. Save other liquids for in between meals.
- Aim to drink 3/4 of your water intake for the day before 3 pm so that you do not end up getting up in the night to go to the bathroom. Yes, initially you will have to go more often, but within a week, your body will adjust that and you will be able to go longer between bathroom breaks.
- Take your water bottle wherever you roam! Keep it with you,
- Take a sip at every water fountain you pass, or from your bottle since you have that handy anyway, right? Let the visual cue of a water fountain serve as a reminder to drink some now.
Finally, here is a quick chart to give you an idea of how much water you should take in each day personally. This is general because it doesn’t take into account any medications/supplements taken, exercise frequency, duration and intensity, and/or your current level of hydration. Let it be a “good rule of thumb” tool to use as a Minimum amount of water to drink. (8 oz. equals one glass)
|Body Weight||Ounces of Water Daily|
|100 pounds||67 ounces|
|110 pounds||74 ounces|
|120 pounds||80 ounces|
|130 pounds||87 ounces|
|140 pounds||94 ounces|
|150 pounds||100 ounces|
|160 pounds||107 ounces|
|170 pounds||114 ounces|
|180 pounds||121 ounces|
|190 pounds||127 ounces|
|200 pounds||134 ounces|
|210 pounds||141 ounces|
|220 pounds||148 ounces|
|230 pounds||154 ounces|
|240 pounds||161 ounces|
|250 pounds||168 ounces|
Don’t be fooled by the “drink when you are thirsty” recent claims in the media, if your lips are chapped or you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.