Drinking Water Before Bed
Water is considered a nutrient and is very essential for survival, health as well as beauty and longevity. A person can go without food for almost 40 days; however, two days without water will result in deterioration of health. This will depend on how rapidly the body water is lost and the temperature. Most people do not drink adequate amount of water. We shall look at when a person should drink water and whether drinking water before bed is a good idea.
Whether it is okay to drink water before bed depends very much on the amount of water you consume and your health condition.
When it is not okay:
Drinking water before bed is not a good idea for people suffering from kidney or heart ailments. This is because the excess water intake will put additional pressure on the kidney, which are already weakened and are not efficient in fluid removal from the body.
Drinking water just before going to bed can also be a problem as it disrupts the sleep. The person might wake up once or more to empty the bladder. Some people do not function well without a good night's sleep and hence they should avoid doing it.
For such people the best way is to avoid drinking fluids around 2 hours before bedtime. They should also ensure that they use the restroom before going to bed, twice if required. Water can be kept handy near the bed, if you feel thirsty; however, it can make you want to visit the restroom around daybreak.
When it is okay:
When a person is in good health i.e. without any heart or kidney ailment and do not have any problem waking up in the middle of the night to empty their bladder, they can be fine with drinking water before bed.
In fact, it will have various health benefits as well as seen below.
Water is one of the most essential nutrients to maintain good health. Water can be sourced from the tap, bottled or even ionized alkaline water. Besides the type of water, the quantity of water, the time when we drink water is also very important.
1. Just After You Wake Up
Your internal organs get activated when you drink water at this time. The toxins present in the body get flushed out before you start with your first meal. Instead of coffee which acts as a diuretic and causes fluid loss, opt for glass of water instead.
2. Before Having a Meal
If you drink water 30 minutes before a meal, it increases the satiety and prevents over eating. Over-eating can cause weight gain and can also lead to fatty liver disease. Drinking water keeps the liver lean. It also stimulates the digestive enzymes and bile production, thus preparing the stomach for food.
3. Before and During Exercise
It is important to be physically fit to remain healthy. When you drink water before and during exercise you prevent the risk of dehydration. This puts less load on the liver to clear the toxins out of the body. This is especially important for someone who has a fibrotic liver.
4. When You're Ill
It is an old belief and it holds true that drinking lots of fluids when you are unwell is good. The recommended intake is around 8 glasses of water, where one glass is of 8 ounces. You should also consume other fluids like soups, juice or tea. When a person is hospitalized, they have an IV drip which keeps the person hydrated.
5. When You Are Exposed to Other Ill Patients
People who are surrounded by sick people, at hospitals, school or at work, should drink more water. This is to ensure that if there are any microbes in the body, due to the exposure, they will be washed away.
When the body is hydrated, the invading microbes do not get to settle or multiply in the body. You should drink water before or after going out, this will ensure that some types of viruses are prevented from causing an illness or the severity is lessened.
6. When You Are Feeling Tired
It is a good idea to drink water when you are tired, fatigued or feeling sleepy. Water gets absorbed quickly and moves rapidly throughout the body. It reaches the brain and activates it. It helps to have water before an important meeting, especially cold water. It will help in keeping the body alert.
Drink water. When you have a cold, make sure to stay hydrated. Try to drink nine to 13 eight ounce glasses of water each day. To help ease a sore throat, try drinking the water warm.
Take honey. Honey may help to reduce the likelihood of catching a cold. Consuming honey may also help you feel better when you have a cold. Eat a tablespoon a day when you are sick.
Eat small, nutritious meals. Eat frequent small meals of solid, easily digestible food. This provides a constant supply of energy which aids your immune system. You want your food’s nutrition to help your immune system, not provide energy for activities.
Consume more protein. To help boost your immunity, add quality proteins to your meals, like fish and skinless poultry. Chicken noodle soup is a great choice because it will give you some quality protein as well as other nutrients that may help boost the immune system and act as antiviral agents.
Eat foods rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are believed to help boost your immune system. Red peppers, oranges, berries, and leafy green vegetables provide rich sources of antioxidants.
Eat probiotics. There has been some research that suggests that probiotics, also known as good bacteria, can help fight and prevent colds. Much like it helps infections in the intestines, it is believed that it helps with other infections as well. To get probiotics, eat yogurt with active Lactobacillus cultures.
Take vitamin and mineral supplements. There are many vitamins and minerals to help boost your immune system. These can be eaten in foods or taken as supplements. These include:
Since early childhood, I lived with the common allergy symptoms of runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing. Every year I would dread allergy season.
After receiving some of the typical medical treatments during childhood, I started looking for natural allergy remedies in my early twenties.
Over a period of 25 years (yikes!), I tried numerous dietary changes, supplements, herbs, flower essences, homeopathic, and various other natural allergy remedies.
Even though I saw some minor improvements, nothing I tried really made a significant difference for me.
Thus, I learned to accept the fact that I was probably going to have allergies for the rest of my life.
I had no desire to take allergy medications because of the long-term side effects, so I learned to manage the allergies as best I could, primarily through diet and supplements.
What Finally Worked for Me
The good news is that a few years ago I did find a natural solution that worked for me, and it has worked well for many others.
The interesting thing is that I had no idea at the time that it was a one of the best natural allergy remedies – and that solution is ionized water.
At the time, I understood the importance of drinking water, but I just could not seem to drink enough to quench my thirst.
My mouth was often parched and my skin was dry, even though I was drinking about two quarts of water a day. I felt like a desert nomad.
Then I was introduced to a home water ionizer system, which produces water from the tap that is restructured and micro-clustered.
The micro-clustering effect means that this water contains smaller groupings of molecules, which enables the water to be absorbed and utilized by the body at the cellular level - much quicker and more completely.
In addition, the ionized water is alkalized (which helps to create a healthier environment in the body) and it carries a high antioxidant potency due to the restructuring of the water molecules and the creation of hydroxyl ions.
So I started drinking alkaline, ionized water and determined to rehydrate my body. What I discovered (by accident) is that drinking this water was one of the most effective natural allergy remedies.
Within three months of drinking ionized water, allergy season arrived and, to my surprise, my allergies were virtually non-existent – and for the most part (about 90%) have not returned since.
Allergies Linked to Dehydration
Since I had tried so many different natural allergy remedies, I wanted to find out why I had such good results in rehydrating my body with ionized water. What was the connection between allergies and dehydration?
What I discovered is that, according to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, author of Water: for Health, for Healing, for Life, dehydration is one of the primary causes of allergies and asthma.
If you suffer from allergies, I am sure you know that allergies are caused by a histamine reaction in the body. What most people don’t know is that histamine production increases greatly when the body is dehydrated.
Since 75 percent of our population is estimated to be dehydrated, it is no wonder that so many people suffer from allergies and asthma!
In addition to increased histamine production, dehydration also affects antibody production. This means that the body will not have the adequate antibodies to deal with foreign invaders, such as pollen and other antigens.
Best Water for Allergy Relief
If you suffer from allergies, chances are high that your body has been dehydrated for many months or years. Drinking water to rehydrate your body is not a quick fix and the type of water you drink is important.
I highly recommend ionized water for allergy relief since it is the only water that made a difference for me .
NOTE: Not all water ionizers are equal. The manufacturer makes a huge difference in the quality of ionized water that is produced and how long the device will last. See our recommendations below if interested.
I believe the synergistic effect of all the ionized water properties (alkalinity, micro-clustering, and antioxidant potency) contributed to the quick results I experienced.
This is not to suggest that the ionized water "cured" my allergies. Only the body itself has the ability to provide a lasting cure for any health condition. However, I am convinced this water provided the optimal environment in my body to alleviate the allergy symptoms.
Is ionized water the only type of water that is effective?
Studies indicate that mineral-rich, filtered drinking water will also hydrate the body well, but it will most likely take quite a bit longer than drinking filtered water that is not ionized.
The alkaline minerals in water are essential for proper hydration. I do not recommend de-mineralized water (such as distilled or reverse osmosis) because I drank it for years and know that it did not provide the same allergy relief I get from mineral water.
5 Simple Guidelines to Rehydrate Your Body
If you have tried other natural allergy remedies and want to give water a try, follow these simple guidelines for at least six months. No matter what, you can’t lose. Water is foundational to health!
Drink Away Vertigo With Water
Dehydration causes vertigo.
By Kevin RR Williams
HEALTH Perhaps as a child you played Pin the Tail on the Donkey. You were willingly blindfolded and spun around until disoriented before attempting to walk towards a board and attach a paper donkey tail. The unavoidable misplacement amused onlookers. In the game, the participant usually regains equilibrium shortly after the veil is removed. If you can imagine remaining in the state of disorientation without the blindfold then you have entered the tortuous mind of vertigo sufferers.
Vertigo Dries Up Social Interaction
Disequilibrium can bemuse vertigo sufferers for hours, days or longer, often accompanied by nausea, photophobia and hyperacusis (sonophobia). It interferes with a person's fitness routine, work, and social interaction. Some describe it as a never-ending roller-coaster decent. Others say that it feels like a hangover without the alcohol. Either way, it's not fun and games.
A sudden change in position may trigger vertigo. The "good" kind lasts less than a minute. For others, there's an aura, or tell-tale sign, portending an unproductive day. Medical literature distinguishes between migraines, dizziness and vertigo. "Dizzy" may be defined as a feeling of faintness or lightheadedness. However, symptoms can overlap. A patient may experience migrainous vertigo (vertiginous migraine), for example. Those debilitated by vertigo often deplete financial resources in hopes of emerging from their social drought of hibernation.
Weeding Out The Source of Vertigo
To improve a garden, homeowners might survey neighbors, hire a professional landscaper or even obtain geological soil samples with good, albeit expensive, results. Likewise, many professional tests can be performed to diagnose vertigo.
If trauma has been involved or unexplained dizziness occurs, particularly in association with other symptoms like diarrhea, impaired vision, depreciated hearing or memory loss, a doctor's diagnosis is prudent. Generally, physicians perform an MRI to rule out tumors. This may be ordered in conjunction with a referral to an otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose & Throat doctor) for further evaluation and testing.
How much water do you drink daily?
During a patient consultation, questions often focus on when symptoms first began, what current medications are being taken, whether vision is blurred, if there is any pain associated with the disequilibrium, does (s)he feel faint, how much alcohol is consumed daily, whether the patient feels (s)he is moving or encircled by the environment. The questions, alone, could make one's head spin. An often overlooked question is: "How much water do you drink daily?"
Though it may not be the motivation of most healthcare providers, counseling, pain medication, psychiatric visits, vestibular and auditory tests can be monetized. With the potential for a life-threatening ailment, insurance companies pay up. And the compensation keeps doctors in business. Chronic sufferers may wonder if this contributes to treatments that divert attention away from such a simple, natural solution. Is a such an inexpensive remedy as water even plausible?
Getting To The Root of The Problem
To maintain lush green lawns, grass can be mowed, treated with chemical fertilizers; weeds can be removed but in most cases, browning grass signals the need for water. Putting chemical fertilizer on a lawn with insufficient water will do more damage than good. Similarly, treating vertigo symptoms with prescriptions does not remedy the root problem when the cause is dehydration. It is theorized that unnecessary drugs may contribute towards toxicity (another cause of vertigo) since the body's water conservation effort results in retention of a higher concentration of chemicals.
According to Joshua Gowin, PhD, brain cells require a delicate balance between water and various elements to operate, and when too much water is lost, that balance is disrupted. Brain cells lose efficiency. A very common cause of vertigo that worsens with a change in position is dehydration. Dehydration often follows vomiting or diarrhea. Vertigo frequently causes nausea and vomiting, so it may be hard to distinguish inner ear problems from dehydration. Nevertheless, such a distinction is key to ascertaining proper care. An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association by A.D. Weinberg, MD, et al. concludes: "In patients identified as being at risk for possible dehydration, an interdisciplinary care plan with regard to prevention of clinically significant dehydration is critical if maximum benefit is to result."
Many negative symptoms associated with a hangover are caused by dehydration – headaches, fatigue, and dry mouth. How can vertigo be caused by dehydration when a patient doesn't feel thirsty? If someone has been dehydrated for an extended time, the thirst mechanism shuts down. The feeling of thirst is absent until the mouth is literally dry or the body is about two glasses low. It’s a strange phenomenon, but if one begins regularly drinking water, the thirst mechanism returns.
Immerse Yourself In Water
Obviously, water doesn't cure every case of vertigo. As discussed earlier, there can be physiological causes or even environmental toxins. But it is good to monitor water intake. Aim to drink half your body weight (pounds) in ounces. At 150 pounds, the human body requires about 75 ounces of water throughout the day to remain hydrated. Fluid requirements increase at higher altitudes and during physical exertion. Generally, the limit for the largest person is 16 glasses per day. People with nephrotic syndrome can have extreme thirst due to kidney dysfunction. A nephrologist should individually advise such ones on diet and fluid intake.
If you aren't in the habit of drinking much water you may need to remind yourself by associating water consumption with regular activities. Have a glass first thing in the morning. Have another before and after each meal. Keep a bottle on your desk at work and take one with you during workouts. Offset each caffeinated beverage with an equal amount of pure water.
It takes time to thoroughly rehydrate cells throughout your body so don't expect immediate results. But if you have other symptoms of dehydration like dry skin and hair, dark or infrequent urine, then you should evaluate your water intake even in the absence of vertigo. Though you may have tried everything but the kitchen sink, a simple cure for this ailment may be purified water.
Schools around the country find lead in water, with no easy answers
Click and read the article below and watch the video on contaminated school waters that tested positive for high levels of lead.
On May 16, parents attended a public meeting at Creston Elementary School in southeastern Portland, Ore., about lead in the drinking water. Students and staff at Portland Public Schools started drinking bottled water after high amounts of lead were found in water sources at two schools. (Beth Nakamura/Oregonian via AP)
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