It’s pretty common knowledge that drinking enough water is essential to detoxification, healthy metabolism, & overall health. The usual figure given is about 8 glasses of water (64 ounces or about 1.8 liters) for an adult, though this varies based on climate, lifestyle, physical condition, and exercise habits. This water calculator is a useful tool for getting an idea of how much water is needed per day.
1. After waking up
Drink one glass of water after waking up to help activate your internal organs. The water will help to remove any toxins before your first meal of the day.
2. Don’t drink water during or immediately before or after your meal, as it dilutes digestive juices.
Avoid drinking water half an hour before your meal, during your meal, and one hour after your meal. It dilutes your digestive juices, making them much less effective.
3. Before a bath
Drink one glass of water before taking a bath to help lower your blood pressure.
4. Drink Water When You’re Hungry
If you’re hungry between meals, pour yourself a tall glass of fresh drinking water first to see if you’re dehydrated. Sometimes people think they’re hungry when they’re really just thirsty.
5. Drink Water After a Workout
Following vigorous exercise, you may need to drink a lot of water to replace fluids lost through perspiration and urination. The amount you’ll need depends on your weight, health and whether you exercised in hot or humid conditions – especially for long periods – among other factors.
6. Drink Water When You’re Exposed to Germs
If you’re around sick people in the hospital or at work and school, drink a little more water than usual to help wash away germs and viruses that your body may have picked up.
7. Drink More Water When You’re Ill
The advice your mom gave you still applies: When you’re sick, you need to drink plenty of fluids, including water, to get better.
8. Drink Water When You’re Tired
If you’re feeling the need for a nap but can’t take one, have a glass or two of water instead.
9. Drink a glass of water when you feel tired to power up your brain.
Since 75% of your brain consists of water, drinking water helps it function better. Drink a glass of water if you’re feeling tired at work, or if you have a big presentation coming up and need to focus.
9. Before sleep
Drink one glass of water an hour before bedtime to replenish any fluid loss that can occur during the night.