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Tips for Drinking Water

You drink water every day, but how much do you know about how to drink? Nutritionist gives you some tips:

Water is absolutely essential to the human body's survival. Water helps to increase metabolism and it is critical and necessary for us to replenish water before we feel thirsty. By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has already lost over 1 percent of the total water amount. We should set a schedule for drinking water to ensure we drink enough water for daily needs of our body.

Drinking water in early morning, benefit to health

As metabolism take place throughout a night, it will consume plenty of water and it’s good for us to drink water in early morning. Water will quickly be absorbed to dilute the blood, lower blood viscosity and promote blood circulation. In addition, this can also be effective in preventing the occurrence of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, which is particularly important in the elderly. If we maintain this good habit for long, this can effectively help to soften the stool and prevent constipation.

Drinking water one hour before meals

Our digestion system requires digestive fluid such as saliva, gastric juice, bile, pancreatic fluid, intestinal fluid produced by digestive organs for food digestion. This process needs sufficient water to complete. We should drink a certain amount of water one hour before meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner). Water stays in the stomach two to three minutes and then goes into the small intestine and is absorbed into the blood. This takes about an hour to deliver water to the cells of body tissue. Therefore, drinking water before meal can help to increase appetite, aid digestion and promote absorption.

Drinking warm water during empty stomach

Drinking too hot or too cold water will stimulate the gastric mucosa during empty stomach. Warm water and light drinks such as fruit and vegetable juice and weak tea are good for us but not strong tea or salt water. Strong tea is diuretic and this will cause cell dehydration and loss of water balance of body. It’s same as salt water to cause cell dehydration because salt water can only enter the blood and tissue but cannot enter cells due to low sodium level in cells. Drinking milk or soy milk on an empty stomach is poor for absorption and the best way is during or after meals.

Having some soup at meals, benefit to digestion

Having some soup at meals can help digestion and benefit to absorption in the small intestine. If we do not replenish water before or at meal,  large amount of gastric juice will be secreted after meal to digest food. This will comsume plenty of body fluid and in turn cause thirst. As you drink water after meal, it will dilute the gastric juice and affect digestion and increase the burden of heart and kidney.

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