It has been scientifically proven that the human body is made up of two-third (2/3) of water and all humans require water in the struggle for survival. 


However, as essential as this substance is to our body, there are ways it could wreck havoc to our internal body tissues and organs if it is not taken correctly. Although water is part of our everyday diets, there are certain habits of drinking water which could unknowingly affect our body filtration system leading to all sorts of health problems such as water retention and swelling of the human body cells. So, how much water do you need and how should you go about it to avoid health problems? In what posture should you take it?

Check out 5 of the common ways we drink water wrong and the health issues associated with them;

1. DRINKING ICE COLD WATER

Although drinking a chilled glass of water may be palatable and extremely satisfying during a hot day, experts have revealed that cold water can result in shrinkage of the blood vessels in the body thereby leading to digestion problems. Drinking cold water can also cause excess fat retention since cold water solidifies fat and this could increase the chance of excess weight and obesity. Other issues are sore throat, aching joints and a lower heart rate which could be fatal. The better alternative is to drink water at room temperature.

2. AVOIDING A GLASS OF WATER BEFORE NIGHT REST

Skipping a glass of water before bed can lead to increase chances of having a heart attack. According to experts, water aid in preventing heart diseases such as stroke and heart attacks. These disease mostly occur during night time and hydrating before bed can be very helpful in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

3. CHUGGING OF WATER

Drinking water fast can result in indigestion. Chugging of water deprives the body of the water required to process digestion of food and it can dilute the saliva in the tongue before getting to the stomach which is totally bad for digestion. Experts however suggest sipping of 60-90ml of water at a time throughout the day. In extreme cases, drinking water fast could result in Hyponatremia which is swelling of cells due to excess water in the system.

4. DRINKING WATER IMMEDIATELY AFTER MEAL

Drinking water after meal can dilute the gastric juice in the stomach which could lead to bloating, gas retention and indigestion. However, it is advisable to drink water during meals and before it or waiting for an hour after meal.

5. DRINKING WATER ON THE GO

Drinking water while running, standing, walking and during other activities can affect your body water filtration system or kidney. This eventually can lead to digestion issues and pains in the body since some parts may be unable to access water required for their proper functioning. The better option is to sit and relax before drinking water.

BONUS:

Drinking water before brushing and immediately after waking in the morning can be very beneficial. When we wake up in the morning, our mouth is full of saliva and ingesting this in the morning can improve our digestion throughout the day.