The summer heat is hard on almost everyone. That's why it's important to drink enough water so that the body's level of hydration always remains in balance. How much water should you really be drinking though? Is there a better time of day to be drinking water? What is the reason for the well-known 2 litres per day maxim, and moreover is it actually correct? Today we're going to give you the facts.
If not enough water is available in the body, the affected person is not only missing out on something that the body needs. Without enough water, the toxins and waste products in the cells collect instead of being passed out of the body. Among the functions of water is supplying the body's 60 billion cells with nutrients as well as picking up waste products and moving them out of the body. A number of enzymes take part in these processes, and without water (or enough water) the enzymes cannot perform their functions. For them to work well, they need vitamins and minerals…and they need water as it acts as the transport medium.
Water has even more roles in the body, for example in the cirulatory and lymph systems. Water moreover keeps the areas of the body moist where bacteria and viruses might enter (e.g. the bronchioles in the lungs, the mucous membrane in the stomach and intestinal tract), and in that way it activates the immune system. Water is needed everywhere in the body. Without water, living organisms cannot function.
How much water should one be drinking every day?
The amount of water that a person loses in a day is approximately 2.5 liters (1 litre is equivalent to about 2 pints). As the foods that we eat also contains water, it is necessary to drink 1.5 to 2 liters of water per day – the amount depends on physical activity, body temperature and diet. Here we are talking about water here and not tee, coffee, beer, fruit juice or other sweet drinks.
So when it the right time to be drinking water?
If you drink too much water before mealtimes, your stomach will be full of water and you will lose your appetite. If you drink too much water during a meal, then the digestive enzymes in your stomach will be less concentrated, which hampers digestion and the absorption of nutrients. It can be helpful to drink a little water at mealtimes in order to keep the food you are eating a bit moistened as it passes through your digestive system. If you do drink water while you are eating a meal, the amount should not be more than a glass (so about 250ml). Chewing your food slowly will help to produce saliva and thus thin the consistency of the food that as its being digested, which is good for your stomach.
It's ideal to drink right away in the morning when you get out of bed, and then an hour before every meal. The water you drink will move from the stomach to the intestines in roughly 20 or 30 minutes. That means that the digestion and absorption process will not be disturbed. Here's how an ideal daily water drinking plan looks:
- 500ml to 750ml in the morning when you get up, an hour before you eat breakfast
- 500ml (1 pint) an hour before lunch
- 500ml (1 pint) an hour before your evening meal
Of course it's okay to modify this drinking plan to fit your daily routine. More water is needed in the summertime, or whenever you are sweating a lot. It's also fine if you drink a little water from time to time depending on how thirsty you are. People who suffer with stomach or intestinal complaints might develop diarrhoea from drinking so much water – in that case pay attention to your own well-being and adjust the amount to suite you. If you do develop diarrhoea, you can simply reduce the amount you are drinking at the above-listed times to 350ml, and then gradually increase the amount back up to 500ml.
It is also important to avoid drinking water that is too cold. It's best if the water you drink is as close as possible to body temperature. One more thing: Be sure that you are drinking slowly.
Take note: You should pay attention to your own physical well-being, and how you feel in general, regardless what it says in our suggested plan above. There is not a lot of scientific research out there about the right way to stay hydrated. Our team thoroughly did their research and tested out this drinking plan, and they found it to be a good experience. You can just give the suggestions a try, and then adjust your water-drinking plan to best meet your own needs.
References: Dr. Hiromi Shinya, Lang leben ohne Krankheit (in German), published by Goldmann
Dr. Hiromi Shinya is a renowned stomach and intestine specialist. He is among the pioneers of gastroscopy and colonoscopy. He was a professor of clinical surgery at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Medical Director of the Endoscopy Department at the Beth Isreal Medical Center in New York, and he served as an advisor to several clinics specialising in digestive health in Japan. In addition, he is the head of his own stomach and intestine treatment centre in New York. During his career he has worked with over 370,000 patients – first by recording their eating habits, and then giving them dietary recommendations based on the knowledge gained. He is now 84 years old.
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