The human body needs water to survive. It makes up 60%~70% of our body weight, which is so vital for us. There’s no question that we need water, but how much should we be drinking? And what are the right ways to drink water? This article will address those questions and more!
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Why should we drink water?
Actually our human body is “made up of water”. There are so many health benefits that drinking water could bring us, to just name a few:
- It delivers nutrients throughout the body
- It keeps organs moist
- It boosts skin health and beauty
- It regulates body temperature
- It helps with digestive system
- It flushes body waste and toxins
- It helps maintain blood pressure
- It prevents kidney damage
- Weight loss
Wrong ways to drink water
Drinking water is the easiest way everyone can do to keep healthy. However, it can also do harm to your body if you drink water in a wrong way! The following are some common mistakes. So next time, stop doing these and form a healthy living habit.
- Drink water too hot or too cold
Drinking water at high temperatures can cause burns inside the mouth and throat. It can also lead to inflammation of stomach lining which causes pain and discomfort in the abdomen area along with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. On the other hand, drinking too cold water is also not advisable as it can cause a fainting spell, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps. The body reacts to the sudden change in temperature by dilating blood vessels and slowing down heart rate. This causes a person to feel weak or faint.
- Drink bottled water (especially exposed to high temperature for a long time)
Bottled water is easy to carry and convenient to drink. No wonder it has become more and more popular with modern consumers. However, the PET bottles used in bottled water often contain substances that may cause chronic poisoning of the human body, especially when the bottle is in a high temperature environment. If you don’t finish the drink after opening it, harmful substances will seep into the water. What’s worse, the empty water bottle would end up severe plastic pollution. But if you would rather risk your health than carry a heavy water bottle everywhere, I’d like to recommend some canned water or bottled water (in glass bottle) in the market, which is both good for your health and environmentally friendly.
- Not drink water if not thirsty
In fact, drinking water is not to quench thirst, but to help with metabolism in the body. If you only drink water till you feel thirsty, that means your body is already dehydrated. Long-term dehydration in the human body will increase the viscosity of the blood and induce cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.
- Too little or too much fluid intake
Excessive water intake will increase the burden on the kidneys, while too little water will not only increase the viscosity of the blood, but also do harm to the bladder and kidneys. Also, avoid flooding your stomach with water during meals, because it will dilute the digestive juices and affect digestion process.
- Beverages instead of plain water
Water is colorless and tasteless, and it’s indeed not as delicious as all kinds of beverages. However, its effect on the human body can never be replaced by drinking beverages. Carbonated drinks, coffee and tea, and caffeine charged energy drink do contain water, but they do not have the effect of hydrating, and too much sugar and acidic substance will definitely cause damage to your teeth!
- Not drink water in the morning
The first glass of water in the morning is super essential. After a whole night’s functioning, all the garbage in the body needs to be washed. At this time, drinking a glass of water will not only help excretion, but also reduce the viscosity of human blood.
How to drink water correctly?
In fact, there is not a universally agreed right way to drink water. Correct water intake depends on specific conditions of each individual, including your age, occupation, health conditions, etc. But scientists do suggest appropriate amount and times to drink water.
How much water should I drink a day?
The human body needs about 2,500 ml of water every day to make up for the water lost by physiological activities such as skin evaporation, breathing, feces, and urination. About 300 ml of this comes from water produced during metabolism, and the rest comes from food and drinking water. According to dietary guidelines, it is most suitable to drink 6-8 glasses (200 ml each) of water a day under normal physical condition and suitable ambient humidity.
What are the best times to drink water?
- The 1st glass: 6:30 am
The first glass of water in the morning has a detoxifying effect and can relax the bowels. After a night of sleep, the body loses about 450 ml of water, which needs to be replenished in time in the morning.
- The 2nd glass: 8:30 am
After arriving at the office, you need to replenish the body’s water consumed on the way to work.
- The 3rd glass: 11:00 am
That’s one hour before lunch, to replenish water and moisten the intestines. Drinking water before lunch can mobilize appetite, regulate the concentration of inorganic salts in the body, and reduce thirst caused by excessive salt intake after meals.
- The 4th glass: 12:50 am
Drinking water at this time can achieve the effect of losing weight. Drinking water after meals can promote digestion and absorption of food.
- The 5th glass: 15:00 pm
It’s time to refresh your mind. At this time, you are a little tired from work, you can drink a cup of hot tea, which is refreshing and can resist radiation.
- The 6th glass: 17:30 pm
Before getting off work, you can increase the feeling of fullness and avoid overeating at dinner.
- The 7th glass: 22:00 pm
Drinking water at this time to detoxify, excrete, digest and improve blood circulation.
How to get enough water intake if I don’t like to drink plain boiled water?
If you’re people like me, who don’t like to drink plain boiled water, here are some ideas of how to make plain water more palatable:
- Add lemon, lime or strawberries. These will give your water a bit of flavor and add vitamins and minerals.
- Add mint leaves for a refreshing summery taste. If you don’t have fresh mint on hand, try using dried peppermint leaves or peppermints candies instead (not too much!!!).
- Try some powdered juice mixes which come in great flavors like orange, mango and strawberry, which makes it much easier to persuade your little kid to drink more water. It’s not a perfect choice though.
- Add ginger as a natural way to fight nausea if you feel ill while drinking plain boiled water (go easy though – too much can cause stomach upset).
We hope this post has helped you understand the importance of drinking water and how to drink it correctly. We also discussed some alternatives that can make it easier for you to get enough water intake. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to share them below!