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6 best times of day to hydrate (infographic)

Sept. 6, 2015

Drinking water is important — but drinking at optimal times helps boost its benefits. Dr. James Veltmeyer, a Sharp-affiliated family medicine physician, shares the best times and tips to get the most out of keeping hydrated.

6 best times of day to hydrate (infographic). Kickstart your health by drinking water when it matters most. Drink one glass of water at these times: Immediately after waking up to activate your internal organs and boost blood pressure levels. Before breakfast, lunch and dinner to help aid in digestion. Before showering in the evening to thin your blood and dilate blood vessels, lowering your blood pressure from the day. Before going to bed to help avoid thickening of the blood, which can cause stroke or heart attack. More heart attacks and strokes happen in the morning because your blood is thickest when you’re at rest. After a full night’s sleep, you’re at the highest risk for heart attack or stroke. Dehydration starts before you begin to feel thirsty, says Dr. James Veltmeyer, a Sharp-affiliated family medicine physician. The key is to drink water throughout the day – and at these times – to enjoy the benefits water has on your physical, mental and emotional health.

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