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    Water - gulping or sipping?

    Gulping or sipping? Which is healthier?

    During the mornings I am rather hungry since I exercise fasted, but I don't like eating breakfast. So I am guilty of gulping down 500ml of water in a few minutes...

    Its either that or I don't drink much at all... then I'd rather sip on tea (black, unsweetend Rooibos is yum).

    Biology-wise, which is better?

    #2
    Interesting question. I have tried to up my water intake significantly the last days, with drinking ~700ml water in around one hour, three times a day. I probably used gulping, too. For me, it resulted in heartburn, and I never had the idea to try sipping.

    Anyways, a quick search with Qwant brought up some articles, for example:
    Sipping vs. Gulping: HOW you drink may matter more than HOW MUCH and
    Chugging Water vs. Sipping Water: Is one better than the other?
    Interestingly, this thread was the fourth result

    From those articles it seems that gulping down water results in more trips to the toilet, which doesn't seem to be all that good. So, the recommendation was to sip water. Definitely something I will try, because I hate going to the bathroom every 15 minutes after drinking a lot of water.

    On a side note, if you have problems drinking enough water, in my own experience it helped to get a bottle you like (doesn't need to be an expensive one, I have a funny shaped one which had tomato sauce in it), fill it with water, or diluted tea, and place it next to your keyboard when you on the computer. I usually reach often for that bottle, which leads to me drinking more. And the fact that I like my bottle strangely helps as well.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Nihopaloa View Post
      Interesting question. I have tried to up my water intake significantly the last days, with drinking ~700ml water in around one hour, three times a day. I probably used gulping, too. For me, it resulted in heartburn, and I never had the idea to try sipping.

      Anyways, a quick search with Qwant brought up some articles, for example:
      Sipping vs. Gulping: HOW you drink may matter more than HOW MUCH and
      Chugging Water vs. Sipping Water: Is one better than the other?
      Interestingly, this thread was the fourth result

      From those articles it seems that gulping down water results in more trips to the toilet, which doesn't seem to be all that good. So, the recommendation was to sip water. Definitely something I will try, because I hate going to the bathroom every 15 minutes after drinking a lot of water.

      On a side note, if you have problems drinking enough water, in my own experience it helped to get a bottle you like (doesn't need to be an expensive one, I have a funny shaped one which had tomato sauce in it), fill it with water, or diluted tea, and place it next to your keyboard when you on the computer. I usually reach often for that bottle, which leads to me drinking more. And the fact that I like my bottle strangely helps as well.
      I also drink more water since I've gotten a glass bottle!

      With regards to the bathroom time... either way I visit the loo a million times. I drink SOLE to help my body retain some water. A glass of water makes me visit the loo 4-5 times.

      I do have to say that I am more likely to drink in front of the computer, completely mindlessly.

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        #4
        I usually swig haha! like from a bottle but warm in a cup I can drink quick, slosh it down me neck. I never drink cold water, room temp or microwave for 30 secs.

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          #5
          Originally posted by thinman View Post
          I usually swig haha! like from a bottle but warm in a cup I can drink quick, slosh it down me neck. I never drink cold water, room temp or microwave for 30 secs.
          I drink ice cold water in the summer when it gets 42°C. In winter, I almost never drink water. Only tea and coffee.

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            #6
            A kung fu teacher sez cold drinks hurt the chi (qi), I think growing up in 1960's England we didn't have a fridge so nothing is cold, not even pop or beer. Nowadays I even put salad in the mircowave to take the chill off since the veg comes out of the fridge..

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              #7
              Originally posted by thinman View Post
              A kung fu teacher sez cold drinks hurt the chi (qi), I think growing up in 1960's England we didn't have a fridge so nothing is cold, not even pop or beer. Nowadays I even put salad in the mircowave to take the chill off since the veg comes out of the fridge..
              Yes - Traditional Chinese Medicine also promotes hot food and drink, so as not to upset the stomach.

              I'm quite into Holistic Healing. My husband and I do auricular acupuncture. But yeah, no market for it where I live. I still use it myself though.

              Cold water tastes amazing when its super hot though hehe

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                #8
                Summers in Ontario Canada get very hot and humid so may have to cool the system then.

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                  #9
                  If i am drinking during/after a meal, i sip it. Otherwise i gulp it.

                  Normally 2 glasses of 200 ml each.

                  I use Hydro Coach to track my intake and include caffeine and juices in the daily target, which is, at the moment, 3.6 Litres. That app is gold. Recently upgraded the app to the pro version while it was free for a few days.

                  Target intake varies with climate as well as the style of exercising.

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                    #10
                    I guess it's better to sip rather than gulping. Just like eating; chewing well and swallowing slowly.

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