Yes, yes, I know I repeatedly blather on about how crucial it is to drink sufficient water, from a plethora of platforms:
and you’re probably a wee weary hearing about it, however, the fact remains, drinking sufficient water truly is the simplest way to a happier, healthier you.
So today, *drumrollllllllllll* we’re taking a fresh approach to the obligatory eight glasses a day. I, for one, find this method far more appealing.
The way in which you drink water can seriously be a life-changer. Anything from not having to race off to the loo every few minutes through to no longer feeling uncomfortable after eating a normal meal.
This method is the Ayurvedic method. Before you start running for the hills, fearful of what this strange looking word means, Ayurvedic derives from the word Ayurveda, meaning ‘life-knowledge’ or ‘science of life’.
Let’s begin, shall we?
- First off, sit down to drink (just as you should sit down to eat).*
- Take sips, not full-glass glugs. Small sip, swallow, breathe. Repeat
- Sip water throughout the day. If you glug too much water at once your body doesn’t actually absorb all of it. Most of it will run right through you.
- Drink at least room temperature water. Warm is even better. Cold and iced water literally douse the digestive fire.
- Only sip a small amount of water with your meals. If you drink too much while you eat, your tummy 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.
- 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.
- Drink when you’re thirsty. Thirst is a natural urge that should be heeded. It means your body needs water.
- As far as how much, we’re all different sizes with varied diets and lifestyles. One set rule of eight glasses a day simply cannot apply to everyone. Naturally, the miraculous human body has its own built-in measuring system: thirst. If you’re thirsty, drink water. When you listen to thirst cues and sip water throughout the day you’ll be drinking the right amount.
- Your urine is a secondary confirmation to know if you’re amply hydrated. It should be fairly clear and straw coloured. If it’s a dark yellow, you need to drink more.
- Your lips are yet another indicator. If they’re dry you might be dehydrated.
This I can attest to. An example is a friend of mine. She was stressed beyond belief, having uprooted her life, had sold all her belongings and headed off to an exotic location to start a new phase of her life. She returned months later, dispirited, depressed and horribly run down. Her skin was crêpey and dry, making her look old(er) and tired. As I watched (she was staying with me at the time), within a week or so, from upping her water intake, her skin soon plumped up, had more elasticity and her energy levels increased dramatically.
Still think it can’t be as simple as that? Why not put it to the test? After all, what do you have to lose?
*excerpts from an article at The Elephant Journal