What is the Best Time of Day to Drink Water?
I’ll be the first to admit it. For the longest time I would grab my morning coffee with breakfast and continue my coffee regiment into the morning hours without evening thinking about water until almost noon. Most of my water consumption used to be between noon to sunset.
Sure, I was meeting my suggested requirements of drinking the eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day and usually exceeding it. But did you ever stop to think about the importance is of drinking water throughout the day is for our bodies? If you are like most of us you never to stop to think what is the best time of day to drink water.
Well it really DOES make a difference and you really should drink water from the moment you wake up until the moment you retire for the day. It really does make a difference and here’s why….
(These times are based on a typical adult daily routine, but you may need to adjust for your own schedule)
6:00 to 7:00 am – 2 glasses
While you are sleeping at night, you digestive system is horizontal and becomes less active. Toxins can build up and your digestive track is at rest as well. To get your metabolism kicked into gear and rid your body of any toxins floating in your digestive track, it is very important that you wake it up. Believe it or not, you also need to re hydrate your brain so drinking water first thing is very important.
I find this easy to do once I got the hang of it. If you take any medication or vitamins in the morning, just drink a full glass of water instead of just a little sip of water. Then have another glass or water that you alternate with your coffee.
8:00 to 9:00 am – 1 glass
One glass after breakfast boosts your immunity, neutralizes pH levels and lubricates your joints and cartledge. Just make it part of your routine to drink a glass of water just prior to heading out the door to go to work.
11:30 to 12:00 noon – 1 glass
You should always drink a glass of water prior to a meal as your stomach will send a signal to your brain that there already is something in your stomach, which in turn prevents you from overeating at that meal. Just prior to your lunch meal is a good time as it helps to burn extra fat, boosts your metabolism and you will be able to better digest your lunch.
1:00 to 2:00 pm – 1 glass
Roughly one hour after lunch, food is already leaving your stomach so this is a good time to re hydrate. If you had any salt intake at lunch, this shouldn’t be too difficult as your body will crave it. You are also preventing premature aging and increasing production of blood and muscle cells.
3:00 to 4:00 pm – 1 glass
At this point in the day you are probably thinking about a coffee or tea break to get you through the rest of the work day. Water before coffee or tea is always a good idea as it minimizes acid production and also removes toxins from your body.
5:00 to 7:00 pm – 2 glasses
Depending on the time of day you eat dinner, these two glasses of water are anytime within this two hour time span prior to dinner. Have you ever wondered why Americans are overweight? One of the reasons is that we usually save the biggest meal of the day for dinner time. European and Asian countries are not overweight partly because they eat their heavier meals earlier in the day. So the more water you drink prior to dinner, the less likely you are to overeat at dinner time. You will also be reducing your risk of colon cancer by 45%.
8:00 to 9:00 pm – 1 glass
Roughly one hour after dinner time, your body may need help absorbing nutrients. If you are like most people, you are likely becoming more sedentary at this time of the day, perhaps in front of the TV or a computer. So this glass of water will also aid in digesting your dinner and prevent constipation.
9:30 to 10:30 pm – 1 glass
Once you retire for the evening and go to sleep for 7 to 9 hours, your body will not get any more water intake for all of those hours while you are sleeping. So it is important that you give it one final hydration boost. I find it also makes my stomach feel full again so I am less likely to crave a late night snack.
This time of day you are also replenishing any further fluid loss you had throughout the day and also preventing stroke or heart attack from occurring.
It’s All in the Timing
So you see, when you drink water is just as important as how much you drink. Yes, consuming eight 8-ounce glasses of water can be challenging at times but if you pay attention to making sure you drink enough water throughout the day, you will find it is actually quite simple to achieve.
What is even more important is that your body gets this vital fluid at all times of the day. It will not only hydrate your body to keep it at its utmost functioning, it will also make you feel and look better as well.
I hope you enjoyed this article and if you have any tips or comments, please leave them in the comments below and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.