Honestly, with all the rain that we’ve been having, I hate to bring this up….

But, it is a fact that we all need to focus on how much water that we drink each and every day. The “experts” tell us that we are supposed to be drinking at least eight glasses a day – but I’ve always been curious about when it is best to consume all these fluids. I know that when I ride my bicycle, I’m going to drink a bottle of water before I start out on a ride and then I need to drink more “before I get thirsty.”

This brings up another question….should we drink it all at once, in the morning? Well, my friend, Don McMahill sent me an article that he got from a physician at the Mayo Clinic. Interesting stuff!   For instance, why do we urinate so much at night time? The answer, according to a Cardiac Doctor, is that gravity holds water in the lower part of our body (when we are standing up) which can cause edema (swelling in the legs and feet). When we lie down and the lower body is level with the kidneys, then the kidneys remove the water because it’s not fighting gravity. We need a minimum amount of water to help flush the toxins out of our bodies.

 So, when is the correct time to drink all this water?

This advice is from a Cardiac Specialist – drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:                                                             
Two glasses of water after waking up – helps to activate internal organs.                                                                                                                                          
One glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion (and makes us feel full – helping us eat less).   One glass times three.                               
One glass of water before taking a bath – helps to lower blood pressure.                                                                                                                                          
One glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack.                                                                                                                                                 
Water at bedtime will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp while you are sleeping and you get a “Charley Horse.” 
So, hopefully this info is helpful for you to stay hydrated this Summer.

Thank you for your membership!!

 

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