Water: How to Drink for Optimal Hydration -- Part 1 of 2

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We know, we know.  We all should be drinking more water.  Our own Caroline V has already laid out the benefits in her earlier blog post The Benefits of Drinking Water.  And while proper hydration is absolutely the key to feeling and looking better, how we drink water is almost as important as how much water we drink.  Below are VarCity’s top 3 tips to help your body absorb more water throughout the day.   

1.  Wake up and Flush Your System  

Your body worked all night to package up yesterday’s waste. This is why you often have to use the bathroom first thing in the morning.  To make sure the body is clean, flush your body with warm water immediately after waking up.  Don’t wait until 15, 20 or 30 minutes after waking up, because then you’d just be holding on to waste.  Some of this morning’s water might not be absorbed, but the point of drinking so much water at once is to stimulate the body to flush out the toxins from the day before.

2.  AIm to Drink Half of Your Body Weight In Ounces Each Day

A good general rule is to aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day.  For example, if you weigh 100lbs, shoot for 50 ounces of water per day.  And remember this is only a baseline suggestion, if you’re outside a lot or are doing a lot of exercise definitely drink more water until your thirst is quenched.    

3. Drink Water Slowly - Especially During Meals

When I first started drinking more water, I’d chug water during the day because I was worried about falling short of my 3-liters-a-day goal.  Little did I know that I was never absorbing the water that I chugged.

Instead sip your water and if you fall slightly short of your goal over the course of a day than chug like a frat dude.  Most importantly, don’t chug water with meals because you are killing the digestive process that’s breaking down your food.  Based on the same principle, you also don’t want to chug water right after a meal. Instead, 30 minutes before a meal, drink a glass of water. This hydrates the stomach’s buffering lining so it’s able to produce the sufficient stomach acid you need to digest difficult foods (dairy, eggs, nuts, etc).  And note that there's a fine balance.  Don’t drink a whole glass of water right before a meal or you might actually dilute your stomach acids.

Try following these guidelines for a week, we promise you’ll notice a difference!