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drink water 233x350 When to Drink WaterI 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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  1. Dear all,

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    Regards,

    Victor Montano

  2. ” 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.” Ah, the internet — modern day Tower of Babbel; people saying things with no verification, no credibility, yet it’s stated as fact. Basically you are saying you have no idea if any of this is factual, but you put it out there simply because it “makes sense” to you. Based on WHAT? You are readily admitting you don’t know what you are talking about. If you are not willing to do some research to verify what you are saying, DON’T SAY ANYTHING.

    • Uh, based on the fact it MAKES SENSE. What part of that didn’t you understand?

      That’s basically what you pay any expert to do – to review the data and provide their opinion as to whether or not it makes sense.

      • Uh, things MAKE SENSE when reason and facts brings one to a conclusion — they don’t “make sense” in a vacuum. Who here is an expert? It is already admitted that the statements are not based on any research or scientific infomation or based on any expert information. So it just guessing and then once it’s printed, it becomes “fact.” It’s one of the worst offenses of the internet. Anyone can say anything they want, pose as anyone they want and people believe this nonsense.

        Especially when talking about people’s health, people shouldn’t be guessing at what is healthful or not and then stating it as fact “because it makes sense.” Making sense doesn’t cut it. Medical experts (yes, that sometimes you pay, but the AMA puts out information all the time that you don’t have to pay for) review scientific fact and then come to reasoned conclusions — those are where one should get facts about health, not some guy with no credentials who sets up a website. Health isn’t a guessing game.

      • PS — In your “About Me” section, you talk about all those fad diets and that information is all over the map — eat carbs, don’t eat cards. Well all those people who bought into those fads did so because some guy said they made sense. And we come to find out that with just a little digging, no they didn’t make sense at all. Yet lots of people read the hype and thought “hey, this makes sense.” It’s not enough and that junk science shouldn’t be promoted or encouraged.

        I’m just trying to discourage it.

      • OK Frank, I got lazy on this one and you called me on it. No excuse.

        But since you mentioned the “About Me” page, let me quote from it:

        “I got so fed up with all the conflicting advice that I began my own personal search for reliable information on health and fitness. I had only 3 requirements:
        It had to make Sense,
        It had to actually Work, and
        It had to be Balanced.”

        My very first criteria was that it had to make sense. In your comment, you said “things make sense when reason and facts bring one to a conclusion.” But where does “reason” come from? “Reason” comes from personal experience, from what you’ve read, who you’ve talked to, what you heard, etc — all filtered through your upbringing, beliefs, and so on.

        It’s that first “this makes sense” moment that should lead you to research the facts and cause you to ask, “but is it really true?” That, by the way, was my second criteria: it had to actually work. In other words, it had to be true. Admittedly, this was where I didn’t take things far enough.

        “Who here is an expert?” Great question. Read my post on “Forks Over Knives” to see how scientific research has fallen victim to corporate and political agendas to the point that most “research” is basically useless.

        So how can you tell what to believe? I think it all begins with asking yourself a simple question: “does it make sense?”

        Hiram

  3. The hype about drinking water is way overblown. What one person needs is not the same as another. The water drinking hype came about when jogging became so popular years ago and now that carbonated beverages like coke are being consumed instead of water it makes sense that people probably are not getting enough water.

    I have fortunate enough to live in places where the water quality has been great but if I hadn’t, following a program of taking in a lot of water filled with chemicals is not my idea of doing the right thing. So, go buy bottled water you say. Right! And where does it come from?

    On and on. Frank hit it on the head. Too much unsupported info out there.

    • I don’t think it’s hype. The average man (note I said “average” and this does not take into account climate) needs about 3 liters of water per day (source: Mayo Clinic and the Institute of Medicine http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283). A woman needs slightly less.

      Now, keep in mind that there are lots of ways your body can get this water in addition to drinking it. Your body gets a lot of its water requirements from the foods you eat, for example, and I shouldn’t have to mention that most soft drinks, beers, fruit juices, etc are mostly water.

      So when someone like me recommends getting 8 glasses of water per day, I’m not recommending that you fill up 8 glasses and chug them one after the other.

      Just make sure you get enough for (1) your body type, (2) the climate you’re in, and (3) the activity you’re engaged in.

      Hiram

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