The health benefits of proper hydration are well documented, but lots of people may not be getting enough water. The CDC estimates that as many as 3 out of 4 Americans may be suffering from chronic dehydration. Lots of people are drinking more water, but what they not know is that when you drink matters just as much as how much you drink! Knowing when your body needs water will help you reap maximum benefit from the water you drink.
Rise and shine!
Drinking a glass or two when you wake up stimulates peristalsis; the process of muscle contractions which move food and wastes through your digestive tract. Stimulating peristalsis first thing in the morning allows your body to efficiently eliminate wastes from meals eaten the previous day. peristalsis cycle.
Alkaline Water Mealtime tips
Drink a glass of alkaline water a half hour before mealtime to help reduce your appetite. You should not drink alkaline water during meals as your stomach needs to remain in an acid state in order for you to absorb nutrients. You may drink small amounts of purified water during meals to help you wash your food down. Avoid drinking too much water (or any other liquid) during meals because the excess water will wash away the digestive enzymes that are needed to break food down in the stomach.
Try to avoid drinking alkaline water for an hour after meals in order to allow the stomach to finish breaking down the nutrients from your meal.
Alkaline Water for a 2 o’clock wake up call!
Many people feel drowsy between two and three in the afternoon and turn to coffee or other stimulants for a quick pick-me-up. What they don’t realize is that the drowsy feeling they are experiencing is due in large part to dehydration! Alkaline water is well known for boosting energy, and works better than any snake-oil-in-a-can (energy drink) made. Drink two cups of energizing alkaline water to flush that fatigue and you will finish your day feeling refreshed.
Bathing inside and out
Drink a glass of water just before a bath to keep blood pressure down. No one is really sure why this one works but it does! Alkaline water will clean your insides while you wash your outsides. Using the acid water produced by home water ionizer machines to wash with will also help your skin tone and complexion.
Last call for Alkaline Water! Getting ready for bed
This glass of water may save your life: Finish your hydration for the day one hour before bedtime. Drink one glass of water an hour before bedtime to replenish the water lost during sleep. Some experts now believe that this one glass of water may save your life! A glass of water before bed has been shown to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Just don’t drink water right before bed because then you may have to get up and pee…
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