Although we know that drinking enough water keeps you hydrated, there’s a new kind of water therapy going around, and it claims that it can improve your health in many ways. According to Redbook, this is how it goes:
- Wake up, but don't go pee, brush your teeth or even check your phone. Grab 4 glasses of water (or just one that you'll refill 3 times) and drink.
- Go ahead and brush those pearly whites now, but don't eat or drink anything for 45 minutes.
- After 45 minutes, go about your day per usual.
- After you eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, don't eat or drink anything for the next two hours.
A website promoting this kind of therapy says that drinking water on an empty stomach has the power to heal high blood pressure in 30 days, gastritis in 10 days, diabetes in 30 days, and constipation in 10 days. There are also claims that it will make you feel much more energized and improve your entire body function.
Sounds convincing, right? But according to Caroline Cederquist, MD, author of The MD Factor Diet, there's no evidence that drinking that much water at once will result in the health claims being made. "There isn't anything in the medical literature about the timing of drinking 32 ounces before you go to the bathroom, and then not eating for two hours," she states.
She also added, "If you wake up, drink this water, get ready and run out the door without eating something, you're going to be starving by the time you get to work, and what's going to be there at work, the opportunity to create an egg-white omelet? No. You're going to grab a bagel or donut or the type of stuff that's quick and convenient, and not necessarily the best healthy breakfast option."
There’s nothing wrong with keeping yourself hydrated at all times, but remember to consult with a doctor before trying any health fad.