Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate should be the slogan. The India Fit Report 2019 study indicates that overall the average water consumption has increased since 2017 from 1.5 lit to 2.17 lit in 2018.
But, the question often asked is are you drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day? Not having sufficient water has many side effects but, it is also important to be mindful of the way and “how” we drink water.
Water is chemical energy which means it is a universal solvent. Water exists in the body as plasma, cytoplasm, serum, saliva, nasal secretion, cerebrospinal fluid, urine and sweat.
Considering how essential water is to human life, here are some handy yet important tips to drink water.
It is always better to sit down and drink water rather than standing: When you stand and drink water you upset the balance of fluids in the body and this may lead to more accumulation of fluids in the joints. When you sit and drink your muscles and nervous system is much relaxed and thus you absorb it nicely. Also, kidney pace of filtration is good when you sit and drink
Avoid consuming a large volume of water at once: When you gulp too much amount of water at one go. Air is blocked from going into our lungs which can lead to heart and lung issues.
Avoid ice chilled water; drink room temperature or warm water: Ice chilled water disturbs the ongoing process of digestion and puts off the fire. Cold water decreases the blood supply to various organs of the body further leading to constipation. Drinking tepid water can help in proper digestion and metabolism that promotes weight loss, relieves bloating and pain. Whereas warm water helps to keeps fire in the stomach on leading to good digestion and also control cholesterol levels keeping arteries clean.
Keep a tab on indicators your body gives when you are thirsty: When you are dehydrated, the colour of urine changes to dark yellow, whereas clear urine is a sign of a hydrated body. Dry lips and tongue are indicators of dehydrated body
Start your day with a glass of water: Drinking water in the morning helps in flushing all the toxins in the body and cleanses your intestines. It helps to ward off many diseases.
It is good to use water stored in silver or copper vessels: As water stored in these vessels has the ability to balance all three doshas in the body and it does by positively charging the water. Copper has numerous antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties that help boost the immune system of the body. It also has anti-cancer properties. Water in the silver vessel has the power to remove free radicals from the body and gives a cooling effect in the intestines and smoothens the process of digestion.
Drinking water is not just to quench thirst. We have to remind ourselves that drinking water is a habit of replenishing and recovery process. It helps to replenish the essential salts and minerals lost when we sweat. It hydrates our muscles and tissues for proper usage. It maintains the fluid balance of our body that controls acidity levels.
So Drink slowly and drink enough!