The Correct Way
To Drink Water (Informative)
The Correct Way To
Drink Water -By
Dr. Willie T. Ong
Our bodies are made up
of mostly water. Just look at the facts: The brain contains 74% water,
blood contains 83% water, lean muscle has 75% and bone has 22% water..
Experts agree that water is one of the most powerful forms of treatment.
So how come most people don't drink enough water?
10 Health Benefits of Water:
Water prevents kidney stones. The most common cause of kidney stones is
not drinking enough water. Since water dissolves the substances that
form stones in the urine, drinking 12 glasses daily helps treat kidney
Water treats urinary tract infection. The more water you drink, the more
you will urinate. "Drinking lots of water will help flush out harmful
bacteria from your bladder," says Medical City kidney specialist Dr.
Water helps patients with diarrhea by preventing dehydration. As a
first-aid for diarrhea, you can make your own oral rehydration solution
at home. Mix a glass of water with 2 teaspoons sugar and ¼ teaspoon
salt, and drink as much as you can tolerate. This is similar to the
dextrose solution in the hospital.
Water helps reduce fever. For symptoms of flu, water can help lower your
body temperature when you urinate the "heat" out of your body. If you're
sick, drink more water for you to recover faster.
Water helps treat cough and colds, sore throat, and respiratory
infections. Water helps loosen sticky phlegm. A respected lung
specialist told me that some mucolytics out there are just as beneficial
as drinking lots of water.
Water reduces heartburn. Taking 2-3 gulps of water every 20 minutes or
so can help flush the stomach acid away. Bananas and water are effective
alternatives to taking antacids. Try it.
Water prevents constipation and its complications. Too little water can
harden the stools and lead to hemorrhoids and diverticulosis, a disease
of the large bowel. Drink water and eat lots of vegetables to soften
Water keeps you alert and energetic. If you're dehydrated, your blood is
literally thicker. This makes it harder for the blood to circulate. As a
result, the brain can become less active and you can feel confused and
fatigued. Some studies also show that water may help cure migraine
Water helps reduce weight. By drinking a glass or two of water before a
meal, you will lessen the amount of food you can take in order to feel
full. Water has zero calories and will not make you fat.
Water keeps your skin soft and radiant. Just as a dehydrated person will
have deep-set eyes and wrinkled skin, so will a fully hydrated person
exhibit a normal and beautiful skin tone.
The Correct Way
To Drink Water:
Drink water when you wake up. Your body loses water while you sleep, so
drink a glass before you go to sleep, and another glass when you wake
up. You are naturally thirsty or dehydrated in the morning. Drinking
water in the morning helps flush out the toxins that have accumulated
Drink 8 to 12 glasses a day. According to the Mayo Clinic, a 120-pound
individual needs 8 cups of water a day, while a 190-pound person would
require 12 cups daily. Dr. Robert Tanchanco says that we should monitor
our urine color and keep it on the light side. However, drink only a
maximum of 16 glasses a day, and not more.
Drink little by little throughout the day. It is preferable to sip water
throughout the day rather than to drink two glasses all at once. This
will lessen the stress on the heart (especially if you have heart
disease) and give your body more time to absorb it.
Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink water. By the time you feel
thirsty, you're probably already 2 glasses below your normal water
needs. Elderly people are also less sensitive to the body's need for
Drink water, not soft drinks, alcohol or coffee. Some experts believe
that tea, sodas and coffee can be potentially dehydrating. Moreover, the
high phosphorus and sugar content in cola drinks can lead to conditions
like osteoporosis and diabetes. One study shows that adults who drank
six cups of coffee daily experienced mild dehydration. Drinking alcohol
is much worse because it actually dehydrates you by making you urinate a
Train children to drink water. Set a good example to your kids and drink
water together. Make sure that children drink enough water when they're
active. Pack a large bottled water in their lunch box.
Drink more when it's hot. People living in hot climates need to drink
more water. They are more prone to develop kidney stones compared to
those living in cooler regions.
Drink more as you exercise. When you exercise, you need to drink more
water to compensate for fluid loss. Go for an extra 500 ml of water for
a 30-minute to 1-hour exercise. Eating a banana also helps keep your
Drink more when you're sick. Even though you don't feel like it, you
really need to drink more water to help your body recover from various
infections. If you're dehydrated, you'll feel much worse.
Drink more if you're pregnant. Women who are expecting or breast-feeding
need additional fluids to stay hydrated. The Institute of Medicine
recommends that pregnant women drink 10 cups of fluids daily and women
who breast-feed take in about 13 cups of fluids a day
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