We are watery beings on a watery planet. Yet one of the most difficult essentials to acquire now is pure drinking water. With pollution, fluoridation, bugs, and pesticides, the water of life is becoming more difficult to find. Thrombosis is mainly caused by blood thickness. High viscosity hinders blood flow and results in thrombosis. Lowering blood thickness is the key to preventing this condition. Drinking more water is a common way to thin out the blood. Yet few people know that drinking water at three specific times during the day can achieve the best result.
1. After getting up, rise and shine
After a night’s rest, blood viscosity is at its highest in the morning. Some people may feel groggy, dizzy, and listless after waking up, or maybe not even want to get out of bed. This may be because of blood thickness. Drinking a glass of warm water can effectively reduce the viscosity as well as moisturize the intestines to help with elimination.
2. Half an hour after eating
Drinking water during a meal is not recommended. The stomach needs to handle a lot of work at this time. Drinking extra water can cause bloating, dilute stomach acid and digestive enzymes, and can cause problems like indigestion and stomach aches.
Drinking water about half an hour after food may avoid triggering the above problems. It also reduces the chance of elevating blood viscosity, especially when food with a high sugar and high salt content are consumed.
3. After heavy sweating
Water is lost from the body through sweat. After a heavy workout or exercise, water replenishment is needed. It’s important to note that drinking immediately after exercising should be avoided because it can over-stimulate the blood and nervous systems. Rather, drinking water when the body is back to normal temperature levels is a more appropriate time. Try to drink warm or slightly salted water. Ice water is a no-no for health’s sake.
Besides these three times of day, watch out for symptoms of thirst or dehydration. A sip of water now and then throughout the day is a good habit to get into. Other points to note are: Do not gulp down the water, drink too fast or too much; a sip before sleep is good, but preferably it needs to be sipped an hour before going to bed, otherwise sleep quality will be affected.
Water replenishment at the right time can effectively control blood viscosity and prevent thrombosis, and many other conditions. Treat the habit of drinking water seriously. Don’t refrain from drinking water for a long period of time. Stay away from iced or cold drinks. They cause instant contraction of blood vessels, which is not good for blood health and the organs.