Water makes up more than 60 percent of our body and we need to drink it everyday.

Here are the many benefits of drinking water:

  • It creates more saliva, which is essential for digestion.
  • Water helps in regulating body temperature.
  • Water lubricates your spinal cord, tissues, and joints. Being hydrated can even treat the discomfort caused by arthritis.
  • Water boosts your physical performance.
  • It is essential for flushing out toxins by urine and stool.
  • It helps in the absorption of nutrients.

Many people like to know when and how to drink water properly. Here’s how.

Chugging water

The faster you drink water, the faster you pee. This means that your body didn’t have time to store the water to break down food and absorb nutrients. It dilutes your saliva. Saliva helps stimulate gastric juices in the stomach. If the water don’t carry enough saliva, the body won’t absorb the food the right way.

But what if we’re thirsty? Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal vascular in general surgeon, slowly sipping 60-90 ml of water at a time throughout the day should do the trick.

Drinking water before, during, and after meals

When your body starts to digest food, the gastric juices in your stomach work hard to break down the food so that your body can absorb the necessary nutrients. Some people think drinking water can dilute your stomach acid.

But research says that when the stomach feels that it can’t digest something, it pumps up more enzymes to increase the acidity of the liquid inside–so there’s nothing to worry about that.

In fact, water doesn’t just enter your body by a glass of water. Remember, oranges, along with raspberries and pineapples, are 87 percent water; melon is made up of 90 percent water; a watermelon is made up of 92 percent water; and cucumber, astonishingly, makes up 96 percent water! In addition, some of our Filipino dishes are full of water like: sinigang, nilaga, tinola, sopas, sinampalukan, etc. 

Some say that drinking water while eating can push the food into the intestines undigested. The stomach needs 4 hours to digest food before turning into chyme, which is then sent into the intestines. But water only takes around 10 minutes being in the stomach. The water goes through the chewed food very quickly, moisturizes it, and leaves the stomach way before the food does. So that saying is a myth.

Drinking cold water

Drinking cold water after a hot day outside, or even a hot day inside our house, can really make us salivate for cold water. But is it safe to drink water with that temperature>

Drinking cold water can shrink your blood vessels and disrupt the digestion process and build up fats, because cold temperatures solidify the fats on the food you eat. You don’t want getting fat do you? Of course not! Me, too.

Also, drinking cold water can give you a sore throat, joint pain, and even a slower heart rate. So, what will you do? Are you still going to drink cold water? I won’t anymore.

Drinking water first thing in the morning

Your mouth is full of saliva when you wake up. This saliva aids in the digestion process and helps things move along.

Drink a glass of water before going to bed

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According to American Journal of Epidemiology, water and other fluids can aid in the prevention of coronary heart disease or heart attack. Now we know what to do.

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