Nutrition Tidbits: Drink up!

Drink! Drink! Drink!

Drink water.

How many people do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going to bed because they’ll have to get up several times during the night?

You may think and believe that urination during the night is caused from the water you drank late in the evening. But the answer from Cardiac – Doctors implied that gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright and your legs become swollen. When you lie down the lower body (including your legs) seeks to level off with the kidneys. It is easier for the kidneys to release the water when you lie down.

Drinking water at certain times maximizes its effectiveness on the body. Try this schedule to see if there are changes in your pattern of waking up during the night or the way your body responds.

Drink two 8 ounce glasses when you wake up – helps to activate internal organs.

Drink 1 glass of water before a meal – helps with digestion.

Drink 1 glass before taking a bath – helps to lower blood pressure.

Drink 1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack.

Drink 1 glass at bedtime in order to prevent nighttime leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and you wake up with a Charlie Horse.

This schedule at a minimum gives you the opportunity at best to hydrate your body with water an essential and important nutrient. So drink up because two thirds of your body weight is made of water.

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