Hydration

What is the Best Time to Drink Water in a Day?

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We all know that water is the most important thing for our well-being and smooth functioning of the body processes. Well! The main concern is what is the best time to drink water in a day?

Be it cold water, hot water, or flavor infused water, one must always keep in mind the time of consuming it. 

It is believed that drinking water 30 minutes before any main meal will drastically improve your digestion. Likewise, drinking water before and after the workouts will keep your body hydrated and help to replenish the fluids lost in the form of sweat.

As you are well aware of the importance of drinking water on time, let’s talk about the right time to drink water in a day!

5 Best Times to Drink Water to Stay Hydrated  

Try to be consistent and drink throughout the day. Make sure to your next sip in a smart way to benefit your body too. 

Read below to incorporate the right time to drink water in your daily schedule:

1) Take the very first sip when you wake up: Many people have a habit of drinking coffee early in the morning or immediately after opening their eyes.

For a fact, coffee can dehydrate you even more while you haven’t taken a sip of water the whole night. Ideally, water should be consumed first before any other drink to make your body hydrated and well in senses. After that, you can go for any beverage of your choice in restricted amounts, of course!

2) A glass of water before your meals: If you are on a weight loss journey, you are on the right step. Drinking a glass of water 30 minutes – 1 hour before your meals as it will make you feel full and slightly reduce your calorie intake.

Although, we cannot completely say that it’s the best method to reduce weight. According to a study, the more hydrated you are, the more efficiently your body works from thinking to burning body fat.

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3) To buzz off midafternoon laziness: Feeling low on energy during the afternoon? We all go for coffee to the rescue but instead swap your choice to a bottle or glass of water.

Consuming caffeine six hours before bed can disrupt sleeping patterns, which can affect your mood the next day. Dehydration may be the root cause of this midafternoon laziness, so drinking water can help overcome extreme fatigue on that Sunday afternoon!

4) Before, during & after the workout session: People who are preparing for intense workouts or serious game sessions should regularly drink water in the days leading up to the performance.

Also, consume lots of water immediately before the sessions to avoid bloating. For light workout sessions, drink a cup of water at least 30 minutes before the session.

To combat the lost body fluids in the form of sweat, maximize performance and recovery, and keep your body well hydrated, keep on sipping water during and post your workout sessions.

5) Take a sip or two before bedtime: Waking up with a dry mouth is one of the common problems faced by individuals who are on medications. To fix this issue, take only a few sips of water before your bedtime to avoid dry mouth in the middle of the night.

Remember, don’t drink the whole glass just before going to bed as you might need to rush to the bathroom, and eventually, your sleep will be disturbed. 

Now, let’s talk about the right way to drink water for better hydration and reap all the benefits of water.

Also Read: Is 8 Glass of Water in A Day Enough?

How to Drink Water Correctly?

We often hear from our elders that gulping down water from a bottle is not the right way to drink water, but instead, we should take a glass of water, and drink it slowly-sip by sip. This is, perhaps, correct, and we all must follow from the very moment.

The reason behind no gulping of water is that it can make you feel bloated. However, when you drink water from a glass, sip by sip, your body remains well hydrated and no discomfort is observed.

Another popular saying by elders is “always drink water by sitting down”, the posture matters. Well! No scientific study has been observed but it is believed that when we are standing or walking, the blood flow is high towards our hands and legs, which can prove a barrier for the water to reach the digestive system properly and do its work.

Bottom line:

We might shift our focus to the fact that water is the most essential element for our survival and should be consumed at any time of the day. Rather, when it is consumed plays a crucial role in our bodily functions. Always make sure you’re consuming at the appropriate time of the day to reap all the benefits.

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