Drinking water. It’s a simple thing. You’re thirsty, you drink some water, then you move on with your day. But there’s more to it… Drinking water is an art—a science, if you will. The Ayurveda Way is very mindful and focuses on how to do a wide array acts in life that bring optimal wellness to our bodies.
When we eat, it’s for nourishment and revitalization. Drinking water should be no different. We can’t forget about enjoyment either. Mindful anything, brings about a deeper—even a spiritual sense of pleasure. Contrary to popular belief, pleasure AND spirituality can go hand-in-hand.
“Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well.”
-Marcus Valerius Martial
CBS reports that up to 75% of the U.S. suffers from Chronic Dehydration. So a lot of us are clearly not going about this water-drinking business correctly. Coincidentally, we are made up of about 75 percent water, though depending on your body type you can range anywhere from 50 to 75 percent.
With that in mind, do your health a favor and try these Ayurveda-inspired tips:
Always Sit Down Comfortably to Drink.
Treat it like a sacred act, not a chore you constantly want to rush through.
Drink in Sips.
Smalls sips. Not chugs. Make a meditative experience out of it. Breathe in, breathe out… take a little sip of water. Breathe in, breathe out, and repeat.
Space | It | Out
Disperse your drinking evenly throughout your day. Drinking too much water—say a glass in less than 60 seconds overwhelms your system, stunting its ability to absorb all of it.
Keep It Separate.
When you eat, try not to drink water at all. And if you do, keep it to a bare minimum. Too much liquid in your belly puts a strain on its ability to digest properly and it’ll leave you feeling bloated—there’s only so much space in there.
In more scientific terms: too much water during meals can interfere with the regular levels acid and bile in the stomach, which ultimately keeps the digestive enzymes from properly digesting foods. Then that leads to toxic waste buildup in the body. Also, be sure that you don’t drink lots of water right before you eat or right after you eat.
Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold.
It matters with the food you eat and when it comes to water or any liquid you choose to drink. Room temperature is ideal. Say no to ice cubes!
Drink Enough of It.
Which brings me to my next point:
How Much Water Should You Be Drinking?
The standard eight glasses a day is not for everyone. Truth is, there isn’t a true norm… We’re all different. What it all comes down to is thirst. Thirst is your friend. Drink when you’re thirsty and don’t neglect that natural urge.
Urine is also your friend. That may be a funny way of putting it, but your pee has a lot to say about your water intake. If it isn’t faint yellow to clear, then you’re not hydrated enough.
Furthermore, dry lips are another major indicator of your day-to-day water needs. Listen to your body when it comes to how much you should be drinking, and proper hydration will be the result.
Simply put, be intuitive of the body, not obedient of the standards and you will notice a great change in how you feel.
Another bonus tip. Well, three…
1 Add a Kick.
Start your day off with some warm water with a few drops of lemon juice. It’s a very cleansing practice and your digestive system will thank you.
[Related Post: Health Benefits of Drinking Warm Lemon Water Every Morning.]
2 Water On-the-Go.
Carry a bottle of water with you as often as you can. Preferably a glass bottle because taking care of our outer environment is just an important as taking care of our inner one. Plus, most plastic contains BPA and/or other harmful things that glass doesn’t.
3 From Tasteless to Flavorful.
I know water doesn’t taste like much to most people, so why not add a little zing and drink tea with a dash of organic raw honey like a Zen Master.
This is only part of the journey. How you eat is just as important. (Read my previous article if you haven’t done so already.) So is how you take care of your teeth, how you wash yourself, how you exercise, etc.
Will you make The Ayurveda Way, your way? Or are there some other tips that you’d like to add?
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