There is much confusing and false information about these topics. Most ‘experts’ are lacking even common sense. Here are some of the ‘expert’s advice that I have heard, that are not only confusing, but Dead wrong!:
- “Drink as much you can, as soon as you get up (some claim up to 2 L)” FALSE!
The Truth: You should drink not more than a glass of (not cold) water upon arising otherwise you will dilute your digestive acid and wash most of it down to your small intestine, causing inflammation and reduce the effectiveness of alkaline pancreatic enzymes to break down carbohydrates. Furthermore, by diluting/emptying the stomach of gastric juices you will incapacitate the stomach to break down protein (the most desired food for Break-fast). Doing so, you will set yourself up for the development of digestive disorders and will end up with less energy.
- “Do not drink when you eat.” HALF TRUE!
The Truth: One should not drink a large amount of any liquid (especially cold) when you eat, but should sip on up to 150 ml of room temperature water, tea, etc. to help lubricate dry food and increase the quantity of gastric juices. Your stomach works like a washing machine; to work properly, its need lubrication. Its job is to break down food particles, create a ‘mud’ (chime) out of your food and pre-digest protein. If you eat other than soup or some liquid based food, than you will be better off sipping on some water or other liquid (veggie-juice, tea, etc.).
- “Sip at least 2 L of water, every day.” FALSE!
The Truth: It depends on the size of your body, your metabolic speed, kidney function, activities and microenvironment as to how much you should drink per day. The best practice is to drink (gulp) a glass of water every 2 hours to systematically help your kidneys to filter your blood (detox). Only when you are doing moderate to heavy exercise, should you sip water – to help your muscles (by removing/diluting lactic acid and other waste), introduce sweat (detox via skin) and lubricate your body.
Do you know that you could ‘drink’ water through your skin?
Swimming in the ocean and/or having regular baths is a true blessing for your body, giving it the chance to self-regulate it’s fluids. Having regular foot-spas when you can’t swim or bathe is the next best thing to do, especially when you indulge yourself with few tablespoons of Magnesium-oil or chloride crystals (Epsom salt won’t absorb into your body, Mag-Chloride does).
We all know that we should drink from 1. 5 to 2 liters of water a day. But have you ever thought about what time we need to drink water in order to gain the maximum benefits?
The time of day at which we drink water is very important, although many do not believe it. Doctors advise to drink two glasses of water before going to bed. When you lie down, the lower part of the body is the same height as the kidneys, so the kidneys will have an easier time quickly discharging the liquid.
Also, if you drink water at certain time you will increase water’s efficiency in the body:
– Two glasses of water right after you wake up helps in activating internal organs.
– One glass of water half an hour before meals helps for improving digestive system’s work.
– One glass of water before having a shower helps for lowering blood pressure.
– One glass of water before you go to bed decreases the risk of stroke or heart attack.
It is interesting to add that water can prevent cramps in your legs that occur at night. Namely, leg muscles require hydration and when there is none of it, muscles contract and you feel pain.
Stay hydrated and pain-free by drinking enough water at the right times of the day.
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