“Water before a meal is nectar.
It replenishes fluids and encourages juicy digestive organs. Small sips during a meal is honey. It helps turn the food into a sauce. Water after a meal is poison because it dilutes stomach acids.” – Dr. Vasant Lad Ayurveda Expert

Proper hydration is important for overall health. Every metabolic function uses water yet the body does not make water.  It is dissipated when we breathe, through skin evaporation or sweat and when go to the bathroom. The water content in the foods (fruit and vegetables) we eat and the beverages we drink combine to hydrate the body. Water needs vary depending on the individual’s age, gender, health, activity level, geographic location and temperature. Thirst can be mistaken for hunger, important if you are overweight, pregnant or lactating.

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