Staying Hydrated: Best Times of Day To Drink Water


It’s common knowledge that drinking eight glasses of water a day is essential for the body to function properly. However, do you know what is the optimal time to drink water?

Read the following to find out what is the best time in the day to drink water in order to maximise its effectiveness on your body.

1) After waking up
Drink one glass of water after waking up to help activate your internal organs.  The water will help to remove any toxins before your first meal of the day.

2) Before a meal
Drink one glass of water 30 minutes before a meal to help digestion.  Remember not to drink too soon before or after a meal as the water will dilute the digestive juices.  Drink water an hour after the meal to allow the body to absorb the nutrients.

3) Before a bath
Drink one glass of water before taking a bath to help lower your blood pressure.

4) Before sleep
Drink one glass of water an hour before bedtime to replenish any fluid loss that can occur during the night.

My typical schedule for drinking water is given below. Your schedule may differ depending on your daily commitments.

7:00 – 1st Glass
Drink your first glass of water after you wake up to hydrate your body after a long night’s rest.  Take your breakfast at least half an hour after the first glass.

9:00 – 2nd Glass
It’s approximately 1 hour after your breakfast; have a glass of water and start your work day.

11:30 – 3rd Glass
Have a glass of water 30 minutes before lunch.

13:30 – 4th Glass
Drink a glass of water an hour after lunch to allow the nutrients from the food to be better absorbed by your body.

15:00 – 5th Glass
During your tea break, have a non-sweetened drink to freshen your mind.

17:00 – 6th Glass
This glass of water will keep you satiated and prevent overeating during dinner.

20:00 – 7th Glass
Have a glass of water an hour after dinner and before you shower.

22:00 – 8th Glass
Drink your last glass of water an hour before bedtime to aid in the cell renewal process during your sleep.