Ayurveda has guideline for drinking water and we thought no technique is required for drinking water. Just like the rules for eating, there’s a way to drink that helps your physical body flourish. It’s more than just glass to mouth and gulp.
With a little bit more awareness, the way in which you drink water can seriously be a life-changer. For me, it meant not having to race to pee all the time. For a client who also heeded the advice it meant no more massive and uncomfortable post-meal burps. For another client, drinking water the right way meant no longer feeling painfully full after eating a normal amount of food. And this all came with such simple, minor change.
The Ayurvedic way to drink water:
- First off, sit down to drink (just as its best to sit down to eat).
- Take sips, not full-glass in one go. Small sip, swallow, breathe. Repeat.
- Sip water throughout the day. If you gulp too much water at once your body doesn’t actually absorb all of it. Most of it will run right through you.
- Drink at least room temperature water. Warm is even better. Cold and iced water literally douse the digestive fire.
- Only sip a small amount of water with your meals. If you drink too much while you eat, your belly won’t have enough room for digestive action. Remember this rule: fill your stomach 50% with food, 25% with water, and leave 25% empty for the digestive juices and process.
- For the same reason, don’t drink loads of water before or after your meals. Fill 50% with food, 25% with water, and leave 25% empty
- Drink when you’re thirsty. Thirst is a natural urge that should be heeded. It means your body needs water.
- As far as how much, we’re all different sizes with varied diets and lifestyles. One set rule of eight glasses a day simply cannot apply to everyone. Naturally, the miraculous human body has its own built-in measuring system: thirst. If you’re thirsty, drink water. When you listen to thirst cues and sip water throughout the day you’ll be drinking the right amount.
- Your urine is a secondary confirmation to know if you’re amply hydrated. It should be fairly clear and straw colored. If it’s dark yellow you need to drink more.
- Your lips are yet another indicator. If they’re dry you might be dehydrated.