Water is one of the most important substances on earth, after all – it is the reason we are here, living, breathing and existing. All plants and animals must have water to survive, yet people often do not drink enough water on a daily basis that their bodies need to sustain proper health.
Dehydration can be a cause of numerous health concerns that people don’t even realize are happening to them, usually leading to multiple medical appointments and tests that yield no answers for them. Things like headaches, fatigues, dizziness, bloating, skin issues – just to name a few.
It is recommended that people drink half of their weight in ounces of water per day and than number should be higher if you exercise, use any kind of diuretic or spend a lot of time in hot/dry environment.
However, a lot of people struggle with their daily water intake – which is where having a schedule may be helpful.
Here are some of the best times to drink your water:
8:00 am (or upon initial wake up) – drinking water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach immediately re-hydrates your body from dehydration during sleep. Doing this will also give you an initial energy boost and help you wake up your body. Drink 2 glasses or 16 oz
11:00 am (or your first morning break) -this is a good time to drink water between meals, as it will help to keep you from feeling hungry for lunch too early in the day. Drink 1 glass or 8 oz
1:00 pm (at lunch time) – Drink your first glass water before your meal – drinking before you eat, will help satiety and will prevent you from overeating. Drink another glass of water with or after your meal -this will aid in food digestion
4:00 pm (late afternoon break) – There is a long time that goes between lunch and dinner, this is the time when people usually hit that afternoon slump and start to feel tired. Instead of reaching for soda or coffee – have another glass or two of water. This will help revitalize your energy, it will keep you from reaching for unhealthy/sugar filled snacks (which only give you short term energy and lead to crashing).
7:00 pm (or whenever you sit down for dinner) – Similar to lunch time, drink one glass before your meal to prevent over-eating, then drink another glass with or after your meal. Drinking at this time will also help keep you full longer, so you are less likely to grab a late night snack
***It helps to keep a glass of water on your nightstand by your bed if you tend to wake up in the middle of the night and feel thirsty – especially during winter months when the air is dry***