Water. It makes up most of your body.1 Water makes up 75% of our muscle and brain tissue. Pretty important stuff! I thought I was well versed in the art of hydration, until I went to see an osteopath, Cameron Moffatt. He got me thinking about how important the timing of drinking water might be.
First of all, most of us know that we should be getting about 64 ounces, or roughly two litres, in a day – give or take. And that doesn’t just mean water but can be any non-caffeinated drink. But how should we be getting that 64 ounces in a day? Cameron recommends getting 0.5 to 1 litre of water first thing in the morning. I like warm lemon water! And what I find really interesting is that I no longer crave caffeine in the morning. That’s right… no tea or coffee necessary to jump start my day!
The timing of drinking water is an art. I’ve been trying to avoid eating 30 minutes before or after I hydrate. The idea is that having water close to meals dilutes the acid in the stomach and then food doesn’t digest as well. Cameron attributes a lot of gut problems and indigestion to people drinking water with their meals.
So, what can you drink with your meal? According to Cameron, a small amount of fermented drinks like kombucha or miso will help the food digest and won’t dilute your stomach acid. I’m sure you can think of a few other fermented drinks to go with your food. But I digress; the focus of this post is hydrating.
Try experimenting with hydration early in the day, and around meals and see how you feel!