6 Steps to help your body absorb more by Drinking Water!!

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Why isn’t just drinking water enough? How many times have you been told to drink water? Your Mom tells you, your doctor tells you and you have also heard it a lot of times by your Gym trainer ( If you visit one!) But how many of us do actually listen to that advice? Many of us increase our water intake for a week but discontinue it after that.

We lack conviction and consistency. Water is the essence of life. We have all read about its uses and importance and also that ‘Water is Life’. Yes, it is.  In fact, the majority of our body is water. This water is stored both inside and outside cells to dissolve nutrients, carry waste, regulate body temperature, send messages and does a lot more. However, you lose a lot of water every day through breathing, sweat, urine and bowel movements. Your only choice to perfect health is to replenish your body with ample water.

How Do You Know You Might Need More Water?

  • Dryness: dry lips, eyes, skin, and hair.
  • Inflammation: skin rashes and burns, clogged pores leading to acne, pimples and red eyes. A lot of you have complaints regarding pimples, the only remedy to overcome it making water your best friend.
  • Urine Color: the moment you wake up your pee is dark yellow instead of light yellow(not clear.)
  • Constipation: if you don’t have a bowel movement for full one day or longer.
  • Sweat: Little to no sweat.

Ayurveda encourages us to drink water so that we absorb it. Many people chug water and within 20 minutes pee a clear liquid out, which means their body did not absorb the water. I used to get really fed up with this because anytime I increased my water intake, I found myself spending so much time peeing (urinating) out water that I actually stopped drinking more liquids. Thanks to Ayurveda, I learned how to absorb water effectively.

Here are 6 steps to help your body absorb water effectively.

Step 1: Drink lukewarm water or hot water instead of ice cold water 

Ice cold water freezes the enzymes and fluids in your gut so your body can’t properly digest food, which creates toxic build up. In addition, the blood vessels constrict so the toxic build up gets stuck inside you instead of draining through your lymph (cleansing) system. Blood vessels constriction also prevents blood from circulating where it needs to be, restricting your organs from getting nutrients when they need them.

Lukewarm or hot water gently encourages the natural flow of the lymph system and over time, you have less build up. This rule is extremely important for women during menstruation or when wanting to conceive because ice cold water reduces the circulation and energy needed to prepare the reproductive organs. Ice cold water makes your body works harder than it actually should.

Step 2: Add these 4 ingredients to water to increase absorption.

These ingredients bind to water molecules to make delivery into the body.

  1. Add a teaspoon of unrefined mineral salt to every 32 ounces (1 liter) of water and have it daily.
  2. Add a squeeze of lemon to your water.
  3. Soak chia seeds for a few hours and then add them to your water.
  4. Add ginger slices to your water.

Step 3: Drink one tall glass ( 500 ml, 16 ounces) of warm water the moment you wake up.

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 clean, flush your body with warm water immediately after waking up.

Step 4. Set a goal to drink half your body weight in ounces/liters each day.

Here’s a real-life example. I weigh 110 pounds (50 kilograms). Half my body weight is 55 pounds ( 25 kilograms) so my goal would be to drink at least 55 ounces (2 liters) of water each day. But if you are more often out and physically active, drink more water to replenish yourself.

Step 4. Set a goal to drink half your body weight in ounces/liters each day.

Here’s a real-life example. I weigh 110 pounds (50 kilograms). Half my body weight is 55 pounds ( 25 kilograms) so my goal would be to drink at least 55 ounces (2 liters) of water each day. But if you are more often out and physically active, drink more water to replenish yourself.

Step 5: Find a water bottle or container and calculate how many servings you need a day to meet your goal from Step 4.

The low cost, practical way? I keep my own personal water bottle to keep in check my water consumption. I also keep a smaller water bottle and fill it with my larger container, when I’m out so that I have an accurate measurement of the water intake.

Step 6: During the day, sip water but don’t chug- especially with meals

When I first started drinking water more, I’d chug water at night because I kept falling short of my 2 liters (55 ounces) per day goal. I was happy I reached my goal but then I had to wake up many times at night to pee. This happened because I never absorbed the water I chugged. So I would recommend all of you to calmly sip your warm water and fall slightly short of the goal.

Most importantly, don’t chug water with meals because you are killing the digestive fire (Agni) that are trying to process your food. Based on the same principle, you must also shouldn’t chug water after meals  because 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.) There’s a fine balance. Don’t drink a whole glass of water right before a meal,  or you might dilute your stomach acid.

Water before a meal is Nectar. It replenishes fluids and encourages juicy digestive organs. Small sips during meals are Honey. It helps to turn the food into a sauce. Water after a meal is poison because it dilutes stomach acids.

Try this amazing advice a feel the visible change in your body, skin, and mind. Not just will you look gorgeous but will also feel healthy and energetic. Welcome yourself to the happy world of Hydration. Happy Hydrating!  Also, comment your opinions in the comment box below.

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