We’ve all heard about the 8-glasses of water a day rule, and some of us may have even installed water-intake tracking apps on smartphones. But, in fact, it’s not so much about how much water you drink, but rather how and when you are drinking it.
Ayurveda, the medical structure that has been around for about 5000 years includes some water drinking recommendations. They may seem evident but if you follow them all, it will help you get rid of some problems with digestion and overall health. You will see.
1) Drink water while seated. Drinking water on the go, or when driving a car means you are multitasking and your body can not totally concentrate on absorbing water. So sit comfortably, take a few deep breaths and start drinking your water enjoying every sip.
2) Warm water is the excellent option. According to Ayurveda, cold water douses the digestive fire which is responsible for the metabolism.
3) Do not drink a lot while eating, otherwise, it will complicate the digestion. Ideally, the 50 percent of your stomach should be filled with food, 25% with water, and 25% should be left empty for digestive juices. Your stomach is the size of about your 4 handfuls, so plan your meal size accordingly.
4) Do not drink water right before or right after the meal. Drink a little water during the meal or allow an hour and a half slot between eating and drinking.
5) Drink when you are thirsty. There is no ideal amount of daily water consumption that suits everybody. People into active sports and those living in dry climates, for example, require more water than others. According to Ayurveda, you are supposed to drink water only when feeling thirsty. Also, if your lips are dry and chapped you should increase your daily water intake.
6) Sip your water in small amounts during the day. Do not drink several glasses of water at a time. It will not absorb and will simply burden your body with extra work.
These recommendations are not that difficult to follow. And yet they can considerably improve how you feel. Start today.
Author: Yogi Chetan Mahesh