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Start To Drink Healthy Today

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How to kickstart your day healthy and fresh?†My daily routine starts with drinking a glass of freshly-make fruit juice to fill my empty stomach the first thing I woke up. If I am in a rush, I would substitute that for a glass of water.†Drinking fruit juice with an empty stomach allows you to reap the nutrients and vitamins of the fruit juice effectively. Ignore the myth where drinking juices from fruits with high acidic content like lemon or oranges will enhance the acidity in our stomach. Studies have shown otherwise, that fruit juices once consumed becomes alkaline in our stomach. For better absorption of the fruit juice, refrain from drinking or eating anything for the next 45 minutes.

Drinking water on empty stomach has its added value to our body system as well. You should be drinking a glass of water immediately when you woke up every morning. After this glass of water, try not to eat or drink anything for the next 45 minutes, this is to ensure the optimum absorption of the water by your body system.


Drinking sufficient water is able to prevent problems like kidney and urinal diseases, diabetes, constipation, piles, skin problems, headache, body pains, arthritis and throat diseases. On top of that, it reduces risk of heart attacks, flush toxins from our body through the urinal waste, burn fats and build more muscles, allow us to stay energised and alert and we tend to fall sick less easily. It also improves the heart, complexion; regulate our body temperature and helps in weight loss. So start drinking lots of water today. The first glass with an empty stomach. There are simply no adverse effects from drinking excessive water. Every time you start drinking water only when you are thirsty, it means that you allow your body to be dehydrated for some time before you replenish your system with water. This is harmful to our body as our body tries to prevent respiratory water loss by producing histamines which closes off the capillaries in our lungs (quoted by Dr Batmanghelidj). This natural reaction by our body curbs further water loss from the body. Hence, you should drink water even when you are not thirsty.

For those of you who love to complement your meal with a glass of cold drink, do take note that the cold drink you consume will solidify those oily foods you eat. They will become lumps of food that impedes digestion. When these lumps of food react with acid in your stomach, they will be broken down and are absorbed by your intestine faster than the normal food. This would line the intestine and very soon it will be converted to fats and may even lead to cancer. So far, this theory has not been proven to be truth, but well, I would rather keep an open mind about this.

The standard guideline to a healthy lifestyle is to drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday. I personally do not count or follow this guideline. I drink as and when I feel like drinking, not wait until I am thirsty. This guideline is hard to follow since a personís activities pretty much determines the amount of water intake require for him to stay healthy. An office worker who spends most of his time in the office may only need to drink 6 glasses of water a day while an active sportsman may require up to 12 glasses of water.

Try to refrain from drinking water just before you are about to go to bed.†It will cause water retention in your face and neck region causing to wake up next day in the morning with puffy eyes and face. In addition, drinking lots of water just before you sleep may cause you to wake up in the middle of the night for a bathroom break. My advice is that if you really have to drink before you sleep, try not to sleep within 30 minutes to an hour from your last drink. That should be fine.

Author: Joel Guo
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