4 Water Rules
1. Start your day off with one large glass of water
Most of us sleep, or at least should sleep, for 6-8 straight hours each night. Unless, you are sleep walking, you probably are not drinking water all night. For this reason, you are dehydrated when you wake up. Start your day off right with a large 16oz glass of water, first thing in the morning.
Rehydration is important, but the benefits of drinking water first thing in the morning don’t stop there. Some research shows it boosts your metabolism, flushes out toxins, and allows you to eat less.
In fact, drinking a big glass of water in the morning has been shown to boost your metabolism by 24% for 90 minutes2. Add to this the fact that your brain is 75% water, and drinking water in the morning is a no-brainer.
2. Everyday drink half your body weight in ounces of water
Whatever your body weight, whether 50 pounds or 250 pounds, you should drink half of it in ounces per day. It sounds like a bit much, but it really is doable and not as crazy as it sounds. More importantly, drinking this water each day will improve how your body functions which means more energy for you. After all, your body is more than 60% water.
For simplicity, let’s say you weigh 100 pounds. You would then drink 50 ounces of water per day. That would be equivalent to about 3 standard bottles of water per day. You can use this rule: for every 100 pounds: drink the equivalent of 3-17oz bottles of water per day.
With that said, no more going for that 4th cup of coffee or second energy drink full of all that sugar (which leads to weight gain by the way). All you need is water, and it can make a dramatic difference in how you feel each day.
3. Drink artesian well or spring water
Artesian well water is unique in the fact the water comes from the deep earth. The water is naturally purified and free of bad bacteria because the layers of rock that trap the water from being contaminated. These layers of rock create pressure on the water so that when we place a giant straw in it, the water comes rushing out for us to drink.
Because this water doesn’t have to go through a decontamination process, it has a higher mineral content than all other water. Again, this natural artesian water is unique because it contains many minerals your body needs that no other water provides.
This is why some brands of bottled water are just glorified tap water; the process of purifying this tap water actually removes many of its good qualities such as its minerals1
4. Avoid drinking water (or fluids) with meals, 30 minutes prior to meals, and 2 hours after meals
I have to admit, I struggle with this one. It sounds unnatural to not drink something with your meal (or after or before) However, it is counterproductive to drink something with your meal, 30 minutes prior, and 2 hours after, because it dilutes stomach acid aka HCL.
The reason lowering stomach acid is a bad idea, especially while eating, is that stomach acid helps with digestion by breaking down food in your stomach. Food that doesn’t get digested completely sits in the small intestine. A reflex by the small intestine sends the food back to the stomach to be broken down more. This spills acid into the esophagus and causes acid indigestion. The next thing you know you’re taking anti-acids which lowers HCL even more and only fuels the problem.
My advice would be to limit the amount of fluids you drink with your meals, especially if you are suffering from heartburn after meals.