When Is The Best Time of Day to Hydrate?

Julie Bitely

| 2 min read

You probably know that drinking water is a major component of a healthy lifestyle, but did you know that when you drink water is equally as important? Drinking water at different times of day can maximize different ways that your body uses it. From morning ’til night, it’s important to continually drink water and stay hydrated.
If you’re not drinking water around the clock though, here are some guidelines to keep in mind to better regulate bodily functions:
  • When you wake up: Drinking two or more eight ounce glasses of water upon waking up can activate internal organs and give your brain a jump start. Ice water is also a great alternative to coffee. It may have less caffeine, but definitely provides the shock value to wake you up!
  • 30 minutes to one hour before a meal: Eight or more ounces of water before a meal can help regulate digestion and curb your appetite. The water can also moisturize the stomach lining so brittle or acidic foods won’t sit uncomfortably or digest improperly.
  • 30 minutes to one hour before a shower or bath: Bathing in hot water is pretty relaxing and drinking a decent amount of water beforehand, lowers your blood pressure even more.
  • 30 minutes to one hour before going to bed: A glass or two of water before bed is said to have tons of health benefits. Drinking water before bed helps balance hormones, energy levels, muscles and joints. It also reduces your risk of heart attack or stroke. Just don’t drink too much so your sleep schedule won’t be interrupted by bathroom breaks all night!
  • When you feel exhausted: If you’ve gotten a good night’s sleep but still feel tired, you may just be dehydrated. Drink a glass or two of water to fuel up and feel more energized.
When do you like to drink water throughout the day? When does it make you feel at your best? Tell us in the comments below!
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