Water times of day
When is it best to drink structured water?
Morning: All health traditions seem to recommend starting off the day by drinking plenty of water (16 ozs or more). Avoid ice and refridgerated water. If you find it easier to drink, warm up the water slightly (especially in winter).
In traditional Chinese Acupuncture, each meridian is at its high point during two hours of the day. Water directly affects bowel movements and digestion, so it may help to drink water at the following times:
- 5-7am Large Intestine Meridian high point: colon, bowel movements – drink plenty of water at this time
- 7-9am Stomach Meridian high point: digestion – if you haven’t already, drink plenty of water and then have breakfast
Rule of thumb: Allow 1/2 hour before eating, after you’ve drunk water.
Afternoon, evening: The two Water Element Meridians are the Bladder and the Kidney. So you might want to experiment with drinking water at those times of day:
Most of us eat supper/dinner in the 5-7pm slot. Traditional wisdom says:
Eat like a king at breakfast, a prince at lunch, a pauper at night.
(or something to that effect!) You may find it works well, in general, to have fruit smoothie(s) as your evening meal – in tune with the Water/Kidney Meridian time of day. Another possibility: Organic soups and/or fresh veggie juices (carrot + beet, celery, ginger).