There is a myriad of advice floating around out there about how much water you should drink per day. Some resources say 8 glasses, some say 2 litres. More if you exercise, less if you don’t. But how much really is enough?
Drinking loads of water certainly has its upsides. It clears your skin, flushes your system and keeps you hydrated. Hunger is actually often mistaken for thirst. You will be surprised how your so-called hunger dissipates after downing a huge glass of water.
There are some ‘rules’ around drinking water though, particularly when it comes to drinking water while eating. Water should not be consumed during or following a meal. Drinking during a meal can disrupt the delicate digestive process, meaning your internals have to work even harder to digest what you are putting in your mouth. This process is hard enough as it is and adding water to the mix slows things down and means waste stays in your stomach longer. Ditto to eating after a meal. The digestive system needs time to think about what it’s doing and focus its intention solely on digesting your food.
Drinking water before a meal however can often save you hundreds of calories. Beginning a meal on a slightly full stomach (from water) can mean you consume less food at meal times, with your stomach indicating to your brain that you are fuller quicker.
So – what can you take away from this? Drink water frequently throughout the day but hold off during and after meals. Simple as that.
One final thing - does the quality of water matter? Some of us live in cities with less than desirable tap water flavours. The tap water from my original home town of Adelaide, for example, is treated heavily with chemicals and can often taste and smell strongly of chlorine. New York tap water isn’t much better. Poor tasting tap water however is nothing that can’t be fixed with either a PuraTap or a water filter jug. For a relatively small amount of money, these two devices will ensure your tap water tastes clean and pure while at the save time saving you the expense of bottled water.
Of course, drinking some water, even at meal times, is better than drinking none at all. But if you want to make things easier on your body and digestion, try these simple tips for a smoother result.