I had one of those “Internet Emails” forwarded to me the other day. You know the type – “forward this to someone you care about” or “don’t break the chain” or whatever. Anyway, this one actually seemed to contain some useful information about drinking water.
Now we all know we’re supposed to get around 8 glasses of water per day, right? We all know that hydration is critical to good health, right? Well, what you might not know is that there’s an optimal time to be drinking water.
The following information supposedly comes from a cardiologist. Now again, this was from an email that someone forwarded to me so I can’t vouch whether it really does come from a cardiologist, or from any other healthcare professional for that matter, so take it with the appropriate grain of salt. However, it does make sense.
According to the information I received, drinking water at certain times maximizes the body’s ability to utilize it. Specifically, you should:
- Drink 2 glasses of water immediately after waking up to help activate internal organs,
- Drink 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal to help digestion (and to help reduce hunger pangs so you don’t end up overeating),
- Drink 1 glass of water before taking a bath in order to help lower blood pressure,
- Drink 1 glass of water before going to bed to help avoid a stroke or heart attack while you sleep.
Let me emphasize once again that I can’t vouch for the accuracy of this information or its source. However, I do know that water makes up a large percentage of the body and keeping the body supplied with enough clean water is an important part of staying healthy. I’m also a big believer that your body should be getting the majority of the water it needs from eating water-rich fruits and vegetables and from drinking clean water, not from sodas, coffee, teas, or other flavored drinks.
Take a close look at the graphic for the many ways that water is used in the body – and then make sure you’re getting enough of it.
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