Yes, really: this is how you know whether you’re drinking water wrong

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This is how you know if you’re drinking water the right way

We all drink a lot of water in a day and we often do this without thinking about it. A glass here, a glass there… Yet there are moments in which we’re actually drinking water in the wrong way and we’re undermining its usefulness because of that. You’ll feel much better if you follow these rules.

But first, we want to give you a compliment if you’re drinking two litres of water every day! Well done, you!

Water and food

A lot of people have a glass of water with their dinner. Having a sip here and there isn’t a bad thing, but if you drink a lot of water when you’re eating it’ll interfere with your digestion. The water dilutes the gastric acid in your stomach which can cause a bloated feeling. That’s why it’s better to drink your glass of water before eating. That way, you won’t gorge yourself on your food because you’ll already feel a little bit full and you’ll eat just the right amount. Ideally, you’d drink two glasses of water half an hour before having dinner.

Water and exercising

Many people take a bottle of water with them when they go out to exercise. That might seem like a good idea, but in reality, you’re disrupting the natural supply of electrolytes. These are minerals like magnesium, potassium and sodium. You need these to prevent muscle cramps, but when you drink a lot of water you’ll lose more electrolytes than you make. You could choose to drink a drink with electrolytes in it, like coconut water.

Water and standing up

A lot of people get a glass of water and then drink it while standing up. No harm in that, you might think. But it turns out to not be as healthy as you might think. By drinking water standing up you’ll drink it faster, which means you also take in a lot of oxygen. This can cause heart and lung problems.

Water and waking up

In Japan, many people drink two glasses of water when they’re getting up. It’s supposed to keep the skin young and it’s also said to help with losing excess fat. This is because you jump-start your metabolism and it’ll work better and faster because of this. This theory hasn’t been scientifically proven, but it is practised worldwide.

Read more: 6 consequences of consistently drinking too little water

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Source: Libelle | Image: pxhere