In yoga, numerous postures focus on soothing and strengthening different organs and systems within the body. Drinking water after your practice helps to move build up out of the body that is released during these postures. What is the point of doing this yoga work, if not to get the most benefit as possible? Drinking your water can be that final nudge to help in ridding yourself of what your body has released.
With all of the diets, cleanses, and supplements on the market, it can become easy to forget the basics. Among these, which you have heard a billion times, is to drink your water. Water improves circulation, keeping you a properly functioning and circulating machine, helps to flush toxins out of your system, keeps your skin hydrated, your hair shiny, and helps keep kidneys in tip-top filtering shape. From a dietary perspective, drinking a regular amount of water helps keep you feeling full so you are not overeating at meal times or over-snacking throughout the day.
If plain water becomes boring, consider the flavored variety or adding flavored powders to your own water. You can even add cut up fruit to your glass to add a little oomph.
Aside from what we drink, water is also absorbed into the body through foods and other liquids that we consume. According to a University of Kentucky study, fresh fruits and vegetables with some of the highest water content include: apple, apricot, blueberry, broccoli, celery, cabbage (red and green), cantaloupe, cauliflower, eggplant, grapefruit, iceberg lettuce, orange, peach, pineapple, plum, raspberry, spinach, sweet peppers, tomato, watermelon, and zucchini. Keep some of these fruits and vegetables accessible throughout the day whether whole, cut-up, or in pre-portioned bags you prepare at the beginning of the week. Also, brewed teas (hot or iced), are a tasty source of this liquid. If you are prone to caffeine-related shakes, go with herbal selections.
Keep hydration in mind throughout your day, including those times after your yoga set, in order to give yourself a boost by helping your body flush out what no longer serves and what you work so hard to break free.