Have water in the right way
Amreen Shaikh, dietician at Wockhardt Hospitals, Mumbai Central, tells you how to drink water the right way.
— The first step to drinking water correctly is not to gulp it down, but to sip it. Hence, drink it from a glass rather than directly from the bottle.
— Drink water on an empty stomach as soon as you wake up to flush out the toxins. It also improves metabolism and helps you lose weight.
— Drink a glass of water an hour before going to bed. This will help replenish the fluid loss during the day.
— Don’t wait until you feel thirsty; keep sipping water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated.
— Drinking water 30 minutes before meals will help you digest food well.
An average of sixeight glasses of water throughout the day is ideal. However, the requirement may increase depending on your activity, workout sessions, loss during the workout and intensity of your workout/ training. This will prevent dehydration and electrolyte imbalance due to fluid loss.
— Drink water at the right temperature; neither too hot nor icy cold.
— The best way is to sit comfortably and drink water in peace. This helps filter the nutrients of water nourishing the entire organ system, rather than standing wherein it directly goes into your stomach with force, which can be painful too.
— A glass of water before a workout will fuel the body and guard against dehydration.
— A glass of water 30 minutes post workout will replenish the body with the fluid lost in sweat during the workout. Do not drink water immediately after your workout as it may put pressure on your heart.
— An average of six-eight glasses of water throughout the day is ideal. However, the requirement may increase depending on your activity, workout sessions, loss during the workout and intensity of your workout/ training. This will prevent dehydration and electrolyte imbalance due to fluid loss.
— The amount of water needed depends on several factors - your level of physical activity and whether you’re pregnant/ breastfeeding, or have lost fluids due to fever/ vomiting/ diarrhea. If you live in a hot or humid climate or at a higher altitude, you may also need more water.
— You can track whether you’re getting enough water by examining your urine output; if you excrete at least six cups of urine a day that’s either colourless or slightly yellow and very rarely get thirsty, you’re probably getting enough water.
— The tip to track your water intake is to keep it near you, at your desk, carry it in a bag, keep it at your bedside and mark it; this will ensure you meet your daily requirement.