Saturday, August 1, 2009

When’s a Good Time to Drink Water?

Most people wait to drink until they are thirsty or until they have a dry mouth. By the time you are most likely already mildly dehydrated. A dry mouth is one of the last signs of dehydration.

Other people only drink during meals, another mistake. When you drink too much with a meal, it washes out the hydrochloric acid, digestive juices, and enzymes in your stomach and intestines, which delays digestion. Fluids, and iced drinks in particular, quench the digestive process similarly to pouring water on fire.

You can drink during meals, but drink filtered room-temperature water with a slice of lemon or lime squeezed into it or unsweetened tea. But don’t go over-board. Meals are not the time to get most of your fluids. Stick to four to eight ounces with a meal.

Here are some rules of thumb about when to drink water:

Drink fifteen to thirty minutes before meals or two hours after.
Only drink four to eight ounces of room-temperature water at meals.
Do not drink much water past 7:00 pm; because it may interfere with your sleep.
To your health,

Patty

reference: Don Colbert, MD. Seven Pillars of Health

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