We all hear about the importance of drinking water constantly. When you’re hungry, maybe it’s just thirst! Drink water! Are you sick? Drink water! And obviously this is fantasmical advice, but maybe there’s more to it than that.

I think yes. And lately, I’ve been hearing yes as well.

Is there a certain way to drink water that makes it more beneficial than other ways to drink water? Apparently so. I’ve been investigating. And I’ve been learning about the Ayurvedic way to drink water throughout your day. Prepare to change your ways.

Alright, so step 1: no guzzling. Everywhere you look, right and left, it’s like people are racing to down their water bottles. Chug, chug, chug. There’s really no reason to ever chug water. And to be honest, the only reason I’ve ever had for chugging H2O has been because I was so, so, so very thirsty that it seems like it’s my only option. Why did I feel that? Because I was freaking dehydrated! That’s why! I had to chug it down because I felt that if I didn’t get the whole thing in my body ASAP that I would die of thirst. And we shouldn’t be getting to that point of thirst and dehydration. That is no bueno.

So it’s time to start drinking water the Ayurvedic way. How do I do this, you ask? Let me tell you.

  1. Go for lukewarm or hot water instead of ice water. I still love ice water, but maybe only first thing in the morning or occasionally. Apparently lukewarm or hot water is much better for your body in terms of absorption. Ice water freezes enzymes and fluids in your gut, which leads to toxic buildup. No good. Lukewarm and hot water encourage flow in your digestion.
  2. Add lemon and a hint of salt to your water. Only a teaspoon or so. You could also add ginger and chia seeds to, but that’s a whole lotta stuff. So start simple. These ingredients bind to water molecules to ensure speedy delivery to the bod.
  3. Drink a large FULL glass of warm water right when you wake up.
  4. Ideally, drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Or more. I think a little more.
  5. Sip, don’t chug your water. Always drink the majority of water during the day and before meals, as opposed to after meals. You can drink water as needed during meals, but not after. Before is still best.

So there you have it, the Ayurvedic way to drink water to ensure the utmost absorption. I love this. I’ve actually been subconsciously conforming to these ways of drinking water for years now, as I’ve heard all these bits of information separately, but they’ve clearly seeped into my mind, except for the salt. That one may take a while.

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