Drinking Water ?
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.
Drinking water at the correct time maximizes the positive effects on the human body:
- 2 glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs. It's best to sip and not chug these, and if two feels like too much, just drink one.
- 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal (but not any closer to eating time!) helps digestion.
- 1 glass of water before taking a bath helps lower blood pressure.
- 1 glass of water before going to bed is also beneficial for cardiovascular health.
That still leaves three whole glasses of water (per the 8 glass average) to sip on throughout the day! To avoid tainting your water with estrogenic chemicals and other harmful substances, store water in and drink from a glass or stainless steel container. No more bottled water or chlorinated tap! I recommend obtaining a good quality water filter for your sink at home and getting in the habit of having enough water with you every day.
Here's a tip: if you're on the go and can only get chlorinated tap water, adding some good-tasting vitamin C powder to it will neutralize the chlorine.
If you're not in the habit of drinking water yet, making sure to include the five glasses mentioned above is a great start. Again, it's best to drink water in small amounts throughout the day and to avoid drinking within a half hour before or after a meal to avoid diluting your stomach acid.