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Water - when, why and how much?

Water - when, why and how much?

Water is a commodity that we take for granted. Yet we do not know so many things about water. For instance, a person is estimated to drink about 40,000 litres of water in his/her lifetime! Amazed?

When do we need water? Most definitely, when we are thirsty. Water has to be taken through out the day. Though there is some controversy about taking water before or during or after meals, there is no conclusive evidence to show that taking water at these times would cause harm. There is a possibility of the digestive enzymes getting diluted by taking water before or during or after meals. Fortunately, Indian cuisine usually has some gravy dishes in every meal and satisfies the requirement for water during meals. If one takes a dry meal with no gravy dishes, then water requirement increases. This is usually indicated by thirst.