We all know water is an essential nutrient to our health. After all, our bodies are comprised of about 60% water. And while all our organs and tissues depend on water, we don’t have the ability to produce it. Which is why it’s important to maintain a healthy water balance (water inputs must be equal to water outputs) to avoid dehydration.
A couple of months ago, I stumbled on the trending idea that suggests that you should drink water first thing upon walking up. I wasn’t trying to jump on yet another wellness trend, I was simply trying to quench the never ending thirst you get while breastfeeding. I soon started to notice how different I felt on the days I had 2 glasses of cool/room temp water versus the days I didn’t. I felt more hydrated throughout the day, not as hungry, my skin looked better, and my digestion improved. And like anything else that you stick to for more than 21 days, it became a habit I can’t live without.
These are the 6 reasons why I love drinking a glass (or two) of water first thing in the morning:
- It’s a simple way to flush harmful bacteria out of your body by diluting acidity and ridding toxins that build up in your system.
- Drinking 500mL of water has proven to increase blood flow and make your skin glow due to the increased production of new blood cells.
- Will help retain the elasticity of your skin and prevent wrinkles by hydrating the skin, making it look more radiant throughout the day.
- By drinking water on an empty stomach, you can increase metabolic rate by 24%. By increasing your metabolic rate, you are digesting faster and therefore improving your digestive system.
- Drinking water first thing in the morning flushes out the stomach and therefore balances the lymphatic system. A stable lymphatic system will help build a strong immune system, which will prevent you from getting sick often.
- Rehydrating first thing in the morning helps build a healthy habit and can build a routine that will allow you to get enough water for the entire day.
***While these statements are supported by my research and personal experiences, they have not been verified by the FDA or a medical professional. These statements are not intended to cure or treat any ailments or diseases. Please consult a qualified healthcare professional before starting any at-home regimen to ensure these techniques are right for you.
Cleveland Clinic Health EssentialsPinnacle Care Internal Medicine