The way in which you drink water can seriously be a life-changer and determines how healthy you are: Water is:
- A vital nutrient to the life of every cell, acts first as a building material.
- It regulates our internal body temperature by sweating and respiration
- The carbohydrates and proteins that our bodies use as food are metabolized and transported by water in the bloodstream;
- It assists in flushing waste mainly through urination
- acts as a shock absorber for brain, spinal cord, and fetus
- forms saliva
- lubricates joints
- Babies and kids have more water (as a percentage) than adults.
- Women have less water than men (as a percentage).
- People with more fatty tissue have less water than people with less fatty tissue (as a percentage).
Babies at one year of age have about 78% of their bodies made up of water and by one year it drops to 65%. In adults about 60% of their bodies consist of water.
So, the Ayurvedic way to drink water:
1. First off, sit down to drink taking the time to relax
2. Take sips, not full-glass chugs. Small sip, swallow, breathe. Repeat.
3. Sip water throughout the day. If you chug too much water at once your body doesn’t actually absorb all of it and most of it will run right through you.
4. Drink at least room temperature water. Warm is even better. Cold and iced water literally puts a damper on the digestive fire.
5. Only sip a small amount of water with your meals. If you drink too much while you eat, your belly won’t have enough room for digestive action. Remember this rule: fill your stomach 50% with food, 25% with water, and leave 25% empty for the digestive juices and process.
6. For the same reason, don’t drink loads of water before or after your meals. Fill 50% with food, 25% with water, and leave 25% empty.
7. Drink when you’re thirsty as thirst is a natural urge.
8. As far as how much, we’re all different sizes with varied diets and lifestyles. One set rule of eight glasses a day simply doesn’t apply to everyone. Your body will tell you when it is thirsty.
9. Your urine is a secondary confirmation to know if you are hydrated. It should be fairly clear and straw colored. If it’s dark yellow you need to drink more.
10. Your lips are yet another indicator and if they are dry you might be getting dehydrated.
So these tips will make a serious difference in the way you feel on a daily basis. The science of Ayurveda teaches us the ideal way to eat and drink to feel our best.