Optimize Your Digestion: Keep Your Inner Insides Wet

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each day, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Optimize Your Digestion: Keep Your Inner Insides Wet

Drinking fluids as you eat helps reduce the amount of “drying” that must occur in your bloodstream. However, be cautious with this. In the Ayurvedic and Unani systems of traditional medicine, drinking large amounts of water or liquids with meals is thought to reduce “digestive capacity”. Again, in traditional medical systems, this method of drinking fluids slowly over a period of time is thought to encourage absorption of the fluid by cells and tissues whereas drinking fluid in large amounts may simply lead to excessive urination. In addition, drinking plenty of fluids between meals and snacks allows your body to remain fully hydrated and maintain a reserve of extra water that can be available for perspiration and participation in the digestive process.4

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Optimize Your Digestion: Intestinal Antioxidants and Fuel

References:
4. Hydration and You. The Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness. More information on the importance of hydration can be found at: http://www.beverageinstitute.com.


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