When it comes to advices, our elders have plenty. And for each advice, they have a long list of explanations. Even when it comes to water, you would have heard them giving a few tips. Such as not drinking water in standing position. However, like everything they say, you may hardly have bothered about it. Well, what if they are right? For all you know, your health’s getting affected by not following that advice.
Sometimes, people do gulp down water in a hurry while standing. After all, it is just water. However, as it turns out, you may be inviting serious side effects from this action. The recommendation to drink water while sitting down is not just a fairytale; it is actually true if you want to avoid problems in the future. Your health’s getting affected without your even being aware of it. So, here are some scientific facts that will make you think twice before you decide to drink water while standing.
We all know that drinking eight glasses of water is ideal for us. However, it won’t matter much if you are taking it in the wrong way. When you drink water while standing, it falls directly into your stomach. Because it lands on the stomach wall, this direct intake may actually harm it. And not only that but it can also harm the surrounding organs in addition to the gastrointestinal tract. If you take water this way for a long time, it will also disrupt your digestive system functioning. In short, your health’s getting affected by how you choose to drink water.
If that isn’t enough, here are some facts regarding kidneys. Your kidneys are responsible for filtering the water. However, the process gets disturbed when water intake is in a standing position. Due to ineffective filtration, impure particles may gather up in the kidney, bladder and bloodstream. This can cause serious harm to the kidneys and may also cause urinary tract disorders. Furthermore, arthritis is also an outcome of this water drinking habit. Consuming water in such a way disturbs the fluid balance in body. This results in fluids accumulating in excess amount in the joints, hence leading to arthritis. So, your health’s getting affected in long term even.
Another harmful effect of drinking water in standing position is nerve tension in body. It causes the body’s sympathetic system or ‘fight and flight system’ to activate. This may result in unrest and arousal throughout the body in the lack of any threatening situation. What you need to activate during normal rest periods is the parasympathetic system. It eases the nerves and maintains the digestion process occurring in the body.
Another way your health’s getting affected is by your esophagus’ lower part getting a harsh splash of water. This in turn causes the part between esophagus and stomach, sphincter, to dilate and relax. Due to this, stomach acids start travelling backward, causing the esophagus to burn. This can eventually lead to ulcers and heartburn. However, by drinking water in a sitting position, you can get rid of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
So, keeping in mind all these points, there are many reasons to drink water while sitting down. And if possible, in small sips in a small manner, as suggested in Ayurveda. Because this slow intake will balance out the acid levels in body by providing optimum amount of water. So, if you want to avoid all the side effects while wanting to quench your thirst, then avoid drinking in standing position. After all, your heath’s getting affected and it is just not worth it.
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