We all know we need to drink at least eight glasses of water each day. Shiny hair, firmer skin, better digestion, fatigue prevention, effective waste removal - the list of benefits goes on. We've been conditioned to keep a bottle of water handy and drink regularly at short intervals. But did you know, you can get more out of each glass if you time it right? Here's your new drinking schedule.
7.30am Have your first drink, or two. This tells your body it's time to wake up and get going, and it clears out some toxins too. It also activates your internal organs, which have been sedentary while you slept.
11am Assuming you eat lunch at 12, have a drink now. Experts advise you drink 30 minutes to one hour before your meal, so your stomach is prepared for the intake of food to come. Water also preps your taste buds in anticipation of the deluge of flavours you're about to enjoy.
1.30pm Have some water with your meal too, for better digestion. You can even consider Perrier.
3pm Feeling sluggish and sleepy? Put down that Mars Bar and have a glass of water instead. Fatigue is one of the signs of dehydration, and water is the quickest way to give yourself a little boost because it can move quickly through the body to reach your brain faster than it takes food to digest. It's also about time to keep dehydration in check.
5pm Heading to the gym soon? Down a glass or two, to prep your body for the workout and lots of sweating.
7pm Have some water along with your dinner, especially if you're having a beer or wine, which can dehydrate you.
8.30pm You're home, you've had dinner and you're in the process of winding down. a glass of water an hour before you have a bath can help lower blood pressure and ease you into bedtime.
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