You’ve probably heard that drinking water in the morning is the best way to start your day. I do it as well.
Usually, I like to get a glass of water in the morning after I wake up on my way to the bathroom.
Or sometimes I get a glass of water after I wash my face. Anyway, I try to get one glass of water in the first 10-15 minutes after I wake up.
That is the right way to drink water. What you probably do not know, there is also a wrong way to drink water.
Now, you are probably asking, how can there be a wrong way of drinking water, since water is the second most important ingredient in our life after fresh air.
Well, let me try and explain you five ways you are drinking water the wrong way.
And before I do, I should also remind you of the health benefits of drinking water, which include electrolyte function, detoxifying the cells in our body, eye lubrication, production of saliva, blood, sweat and mucus membranes and thinning the lymphatic blood and fluid.
With so many health benefits of drinking water, it is important to do it properly.
Here are five ways you might be drinking water in the wrong way.
Drinking a lot of water when you wake up
Now this is the single biggest mistake you can make. Almost every expert out there will tell you to drink water when you wake up, but what nobody tells you is how much.
And going by the rule of 2 liters (8 glasses) of water through the day, some people make the mistake of drinking too much water in the morning.
What happens is that you are diluting your stomach acid, which results in inflammation and diminishes the efficiency of your pancreatic enzymes.
Therefore, stick to just one glass in the first 30 minutes to one hour in the morning and divide those 8 glasses of water through the day.
Avoiding water before bedtime
Many people avoid water before they go to bed, simply because they do not want to disrupt their sleep by going to the toilet.
But before you get too scared of peeing in the evening, think about this: one glass of water before bedtime can significantly reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack. It is up to you.
Drinking water to surpass hunger
A common mistake among people trying to lose weight is to drink water when they feel hungry.
While there is some truth in that drinking water at that moment will make you feel fuller, you are deliberately ruining your health.
Drink water, but also, make sure to get your meals and snacks. Water can never substitute a meal, remember that.
Drinking while eating
Another common mistake people do is drink water while they are having their meal.
Now, a glass of water is all you need with your meal, or approximately 150ml of water, but not cold water.
Water during a meal can help the food go down easily to your stomach and serve as a lubricant.
But you do not want to make the mistake of drinking two or three glasses of water, especially cold water with your lunch.
I know that sometimes the saltiness or bitterness of your meal can demand water, but try to limit to one glass during lunch. And wait for at least one hour after your meal for a new glass of water.
Drinking eight glasses of water every day
Almost every diet and health regime command eight glasses of water each day. But what none of those diets tells you is that every person is different.
The amount of water you need to drink depends on your metabolism, boy weight, kidney function, and activities during the day.
One safe way to drink just enough water is to drink one glass every two hours.
However, if you are engaging in heavy activities, you can increase the dosage.