Is drinking water while standing healthy? Find out here!

Woman drinking tap water direct from the tap while standing

Water, as collectively known, is life. Health experts maintain that drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily is healthy; it keeps the body hydrated throughout. In our bodies, the temperature is regulated by water and form a significant part of bodily processes like digestion, transportation of nutrients and removal of wastes.

Browsing the internet I figured out a burning debate is going on to reveal why we should avoid quenching our thirst with water in a standing position. Evidence and supporting arguments weren't enough until I came across an individual experience concerning the health aspect of enjoying daily intake of water sitting down.

Just recently I came across a friend who narrated how drinking water while sitting helped relieve some pain. Various authors pen down health problems associated with drinking water while standing but more importantly, there is no concrete evidence of health complication resulting from the behavior.

The backdrop of our argument emanates from the personal experience of the colleague and religious backing of the habit. Going by Islamic tradition, drinking water while sitting is the best practice, by extension, all source of foods to be consumed while sitting.

“I have been suffering from back pain and constant constipation for a long time”, goes the narration of my colleague sharing his ordeal. At first, he never knew the medical cause of his suffering but kept hoping relieve will land. He even tried to seek medical assistance and the result wasn’t long-lasting solution.

“Less than a year ago, I had severe back pain and constipation followed by difficulty in going to the toilet since bowel movement is a major problem. “For the few individuals I shared my knotty with, they jokingly advised me to get married to reduce sperm accumulation”, says Ahmed, chuckling at the thought of such guidance.

One of the fine days he received an online message from a friend in WhatsApp message application explaining the problem linked with drinking water while standing and how it is healthy to have water sitting. The note sticks to his mind and he keenly embarked on doing a research to approve the statement.

“From a joint I frequent, I observed how people comfortably drink water while sitting unlike my personal practice of gulping standing. Additionally, from the religious view point, sitting is preferred. Combining this cultural Islamic practice, I decided to put into practice and see if it will have a health benefit.

For several days I could drink water while sited. In the meantime, I could search the online platforms regarding health challenges of drinking in standing position. Gradually, I realized changes especially in the back pain that has been disturbing me a lot – it progressively lessened. Little did I know that the practice ended my agony”.

Although the practice found its backing from a religious perspective and personal experiment, health professionals and researchers didn’t get a tangible evidence to link the habit to ailments.

“It is now eight months since I adopted the custom of sitting down whenever I want to drink water; whether at home or market places. For now, all the pains diminished and I said thank you to whoever sent me the online message that changed my healthy life for better”.

Maulid Yussuf, a general practitioner, articulates that it is safe to have water in either position. “Drinking water while standing is not medically different from sitting. Many health professionals will agree with the fact that drinking water in standing or sitting position won’t do any harm. And there are no such health impediments associated with taking water in standing position”.

The bottom line is that drinking water in a sitting position is the best alternative going by the religious support and the personal testing we have just concluded.

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