It has been said that timing is everything, and if you consider all of the activities that you do in your busy day, you might realize that performing them at certain times generally leads to better or more effective outcomes than others. This can be attributed in large part to the body’s natural rhythms and therefore, it is important to understand the roles that water performs in our bodies.
Water helps the cells in the body to use valuable nutrients, minerals, and chemicals for its many bodily functions and transports waste material out of our bodies also. It aids regulation of internal body temperature, lubricates joints, and assists circulation among many other benefits. Accordingly, it is essential to stay well-hydrated for good health at all times and to drink consistently throughout the day.
Small changes can have significant impacts and having an awareness of optimal times to hydrate can help improve your physical fitness, mental performance, boost your immune system, help you lose weight, and look and feel your best. Consider these especially beneficial times to raise a glass of water to better health and wellness.
Drinking water first thing after waking helps to replenish the water that is lost while sleeping, serves to rinse out toxins and regulates bowel movement. In addition, because our skin contains approximately thirty percent water, beginning the day with a glass of pure, clean water in the morning can help keep skin clear and moisturized. As an added plus, it’s a great way to start healthy habits for the day.
Before, during, and after a workout or any other physical activity, be sure to drink plenty of water. Doing so can help improve both your performance and endurance. You lose water as you sweat, especially in warm temperatures, and adequate hydration can help to protect your body from muscle cramps, regulate heart rate and body temperature, and lubricate and cushion the joints, spine and tissues to help prevent injuries.
If you would like to boost your metabolism, aid digestion and feel fuller in order to reduce your caloric intake, try drinking water about a half an hour before you eat your meals. In addition, in the evenings before going to bed, replenish the fluid that your body has used throughout the day and prepare for the loss that will occur during the long stretch of time while you are asleep.
There are other times when extra hydration can be particularly valuable, including when you feel tired and mentally sluggish, when you feel sick, or have been exposed to others who are sick. Inadequate hydration has been strongly linked with a decreased mental aptitude for learning, memorization, and task completion. A glass of pure water can help recharge and refresh and has also been demonstrated to help mood and stress regulation.
Good hydration can help improve the overall immunity of your body, helping to support its many systems against chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, constipation, and urinary tract infections, and assist in helping you to recover when you are sick as well.
By drinking plenty of pure, fresh water, eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and managing your stress you can be sure that you are utilizing the very best tools available to obtain the most positive physical and mental health results.
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