The Best Ways to Drink Water

Pouring a glass of water.
It is essential that whatever you do, you should keep your body hydrated. (Image: Amenic181 via Dreamstime)

Most people do not know the best ways to drink water and have formed unhealthy habits when it comes to drinking water. Overdrinking and underdrinking water can cause problems.

The healthiest ways to drink water

Slowly sip a glass of warm water after getting up

The body is dehydrated after a night of metabolism. At this time, the waste and toxins produced by metabolism need to be excreted. Therefore, a cup of warm water without anything in it is what the human body needs most.

Drink more water if you are constipated

There are two reasons for constipation. One is the lack of fluids in the body, and the other one’s intestines are too weak to excrete. For the former reason, drinking more water can help resolve the problem. For the latter, drinking large gulps of water for short periods may help. This allows the water to reach the colon faster, stimulating peristalsis and facilitating bowel movements.

Drinking sips of water while exercising is the best way to stay hydrated.
Drinking sips of water while exercising is the best way to stay hydrated. (Image: Aleksandr Markin via Dreamstime)

Hydrate yourself during exercise

People sweat a lot when exercising and may feel thirsty afterward, so they drink lots of water. This is a bad habit. The best way is to drink water the whole time. Drinking small sips of water before and while exercising is best.

After exercising, you should drink slowly to replenish the water you need. It is not a good idea to down water while exercising. Some people drink two bottles of water in one go, increasing the burden on the heart and the kidneys. This is not conducive to your health.

Drink sour jujube seed water before bedtime

Under normal circumstances, drinking too much water before bed will cause you to wake up at night and affect your sleep quality; however, you can drink a moderate amount of water one hour before bed.

You can add sour jujube seeds to water one hour before bed if you have insomnia. Sour jujube seeds nourish the brain, help produce blood cells, and soothe the nerves. They also help calm the heart and nourish the liver and are very good for improving sleep quality.

Adding sour jujube fruit seeds to water helps with insomnia.
Adding sour jujube fruit seeds to water helps with insomnia. (Image: Pu Lingli via Dreamstime)

Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink water

Many people drink water only when they are thirsty. However, the human body is already in a state of dehydration before you feel thirsty because it takes the body time to feel thirsty when dehydration begins. In addition, after drinking water, it also takes some time to replenish moisture in the cells. Therefore, drinking water only when you are dehydrated will cause the body to be dehydrated for extended periods.

When in a state of dehydration, the necessary chemical reactions in the body cannot be carried out properly, the normal functions of various organs are affected, and the skin will become dry and lose its elasticity, causing wrinkles to appear. Drink water frequently and replenish the moisture in your body in time. It’s best to prevent yourself from ever feeling thirsty.

Do not drink water immediately after meals

Most people like to drink a glass of water after a meal, especially after eating a salty or spicy meal. However, this is not good for your health. Drinking water after meals will increase the burden on the stomach, diluting the gastric juices, reducing the body’s digestive ability, and hurting the absorption of nutrients. It is better to wait at least 30 minutes after a meal before drinking water.

The amount of sugar in soda makes it a poor choice.
The amount of sugar in soda makes it a poor choice. (Image: Keechuan via Dreamstime)

Drink water instead of sugary drinks

Many people dislike drinking water because they feel it is tasteless. These people prefer sugary beverages over plain water. Too much sugar in the body will accelerate the oxidation of cells and make people age more quickly. The skin can become rougher, lose its luster, and develop wrinkles. In addition, excessive sugar in the body will be converted into fat, leading to obesity.

Translated by Wendy Huang

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  • David Jirard

    David was born in the Midwestern section of the U.S. during the turbulent sixties. At an early age he took an interest in music and during high school and college played lead guitar for various local bands. After graduating with a B.A. in Psychology, he left the local music scene to work on a road crew installing fiber optic cable on telephone poles in various cities. After having to climb up a rotted pole surrounded by fencing, he turned to the world of I.T. where he now shares laughter with his wife and tends to his beehives in between writing articles on Chinese culture and social issues.