Did you know that drinking water could be a lifesaver? Pure, clean drinking water is essential for keeping your body running smoothly. Find out how staying hydrated helps protect your health…
1. Drink Water When You First Get Up
A glass of room temperature water right after you wake up helps your body get going. Like a gently flowing stream that pushes along debris and rocks, your circulatory system needs fluid to get rid of stubborn free radicals and residue from burned calories used during the night’s metabolism.
2. Drink Water Before a Meal
Drinking water before eating helps you feel fuller; that means you’ll be less likely to scarf your food down.
When you’re hydrated the stomach is also prepared for food; water wakes up taste buds and moisturizes the stomach lining so brittle or acidic foods won’t be uncomfortable.
3. Drink Water When You’re Hungry
If you’re hungry between meals, pour yourself a tall glass of fresh spring water first to see if you’re dehydrated. Sometimes people think they’re hungry when they’re really just thirsty.
Drinking water before a snack will help you feel full faster, helping keep calorie intake in check.
4. Drink Water Before a Workout
Depending on the temperature, humidity and your body’s fluid levels, you may need one or more glasses of water to protect against dehydration during and after your workouts.
Hydration is essential to guard against heat stroke in warm weather and frostbite in cold temperatures, as your body’s circulation plays a protective role in both extremes of temperature and needs water to function properly.
5. Drink Water After a Workout
Following vigorous exercise, you may need to drink a lot of water to replace fluids lost through perspiration and urination. The amount you’ll need depends on your weight, health and whether you exercised in hot or humid conditions – especially for long periods – among other factors.
Be sure not to drink too much water too quickly or you could bring on stomach cramps.
6. Drink Water When Exposed to Germs If you’re around sick people in the hospital or at work and school, drink a little more water than usual to help wash away germs and viruses that your body may have picked up.
A well-hydrated body encourages bacterial and viral invaders to move along so they don’t settle in and multiply in your system.
7. Drink More Water When You’re Ill
The advice your mom gave you still applies: When you’re sick, you need to drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to get better.
Drinking eight glasses of water daily (8 ounces per glass) is still a good goal for most people, but other fluids like tea, juice and soup count toward your total intake, too.
8. Drink Water When You’re Tired If you’re feeling the need for a nap but can’t take one, have a glass or two of water instead.
Did you know that fatigue is one of the signs of dehydration? Because of its ability to move quickly through the body, water can reach your brain and give you a little boost before a big meeting or when you’re on a deadline, even if you didn’t get as much shut-eye as you’d like.
Add a splash of lemon or lime for refreshing flavor.