Water is essential to keep your body hydrated, flush out toxins and improve metabolism. Water also improves skin and complexion, it is good for weight loss, prevents aches and sprains and improves immunity.
A human body needs at least 6-8 glasses of water a day although not may are habituated to drinking that much. However, there are ways to drink water too. And you may have thought was an old wives tale is real, that you should never drink water standing up.Advertisement
Did you ever contemplate that even drinking water has its rules. Yes, the way you drink water makes a difference as drinking it the wrong way can be bad for health. Many may drink water standing, or gulp it down in one go. Some even drink water straight from the bottle. Medical experts recommend that you drink water while sitting. How is it different?
Here is how you have been drinking water wrong you entire life. There are many benefits of drinking water in a sitting position as you will read this article.
1What happens when you drink water standing up?
Drinking water while standing up splashes on your stomach wall. It can flow down your gut with force and damage organs as well as the gastrointestinal tract. Long term drinking of water while standing may disrupt your digestive system and damage the gastrointestinal tract. This is why it would be beneficial to sit and drink water to decrease the impact ad speed in which it goes down the body. This fact is according to Ayurveda which says that drinking water standing isn’t advisable.
2Your kidneys does not filter water properly
Drinking water standing up also affects your kidneys because of ineffective filtration. This could lead to build up of impurities in the gallbladder, kidneys, and blood causing kidney problems and urinary tract infections.
3Drinking water standing does not dilute acid levels in the body
Even the ancient medicinal system of Ayurveda advocates the practice of drinking water sitting and says that drinking water standing up is unhealthy for the body. While standing and drinking, water won’t dilute the acidic levels in the body. Taking sips of water while sitting will help combine body acids with the right proportion of water.
4Drinking water standing up causes arthritis and other problems
The smooth flow of bodily fluids also gets affected when drinking water standing up. This causes fluid accumulation in joints which may cause arthritis. The consumption of water in standing position disturbs the balance of body fluids and causes excess accumulation of fluids in the joints thereby causing arthritis. Drinking water when standing also activates the sympathetic system or the Autonomous nervous system of the body that fights emergency conditions of the body.
5Drinking water standing makes you remain thirsty
When drinking water standing, it isn’t enough to quench your thirst. You will remain thirsty and tend to gulp down even more water. It is better to sit down and slowly sip your water which will definitely quench your thirst.
6Standing and drinking water gives you heartburn
Yes!! while standing and drinking water, you are liable to get heartburn and also suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease. This is because water splashes down on the esophagus too hard hurting or irritating the sphincter. This is the joint between the esophagus and the stomach. This may result in a burning sensation in the esophagus because of the stomach acids having to flow backward.
7This is what happens when drinking water while sitting
Drinking water while sitting rids your body of GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease. It dilates and relaxes the sphincter. As mentioned before, standing and drinking water has an opposite effects disturbing the sphincter and throwing back acids that may cause heartburn and indigestion.
8Your body can get tensed up
When standing and drinking water, it can cause a nervous tension in the body because of a fight ad flight system that activates nerves to become taut and agitated. It is much better to drink water while sitting as you can see why when you read on.Advertisement
9Drinking water when sitting relaxes the nervous system
While sitting and drinking water the nervous system is also relaxed. This stimulates the senses and aids in digestion. This is because when you sit down and sip your water slowly, it creates a parasympathetic condition also known as “rest and digest” This calms you down and aids digestion.
10Your kidneys work better
According to science, the filtration process of the kidneys work better when sitting. Water drunk while standing passes by without much effect on the filtration process. Moreover, it settles easily in the liver to help in the distribution of nutrients to various parts of the body.
Sitting and drinking water quenches thirst better than when you stand and drink it. Moreover, although, there is a debate on how you should drink your water, standing and drinking isn’t advisable.
Even if all the other points aren’t validated by experts, the fact that there is esophageal and sphincter irritation is a fact and this could impact digestion. This is how you’ve been drinking water wrong and perhaps now you’ll get it right.
Rather than stand and drink water in a hurry, it cannot be denied that sitting down and sipping a glass of water does have soothing and calming effect on the body combined with the satisfaction of quenching your thirst.