Drinking water seems like a pretty self-explanatory thing, but there are actually tips and tricks to maximize the health benefits of hydration.
Taking into consideration the amount to drink and timing, here are my top five tips on how to drink water:
Drink 8-12 cups of water every day. Water is the main element in your body that helps detox, lubricate your organs and tissues for function, and transport nutrients all over the body. In order to keep everything ship-shape, it's important for the average person to get at least 8-12 cups of water per day. If you are larger than the average person, you may have to get more than 12 cups.
Hydrate before you caffeinate. You should have water before your morning cup of coffee. After waking up from a good night of rest, your body is actually partially dehydrated. You haven't had water in 6-8 hours and you lose water through your skin and breath. In order for your body to process the caffeine properly, you need to lubricate your internal organs for peak function and you should have 1-2 cups of water prior to your morning cup of joe.
Eat your water. With the 8-12 cup requirement from tip #1, you can actually get this from food. Fruits and vegetables like cucumber, watermelon, and tomato are 90%+ water and incredibly hydrating.
Drink more water when you exercise or on hot days. When you sweat after intense activity or from prolong sun exposure, you lose water and electrolytes through your skin and pores. In order to keep yourself hydrated, replenish on fluids immediately. You can even make a natural electrolyte-rich drink from mixing lemon juice with coconut water.
Don’t drink water during or right after meals. Drinking fluids during meals can dilute digestive enzymes in your stomach and interfere with nutrient absorption. Instead, try drinking water in between meals or before.
Now fill up your water bottles and pitchers for the day, add some lemon slices or fruit to make it more fun and flavourful, and stay hydrated, queens!