Imagine not drinking any liquids — water, tea, juice — anything, for the next eight hours. Your throat might become a little dry just thinking about it. Well, that’s essentially what happens when you sleep! While you sleep, your body slowly becomes dehydrated because you aren’t feeding it with fluids. If you’ve ever woken up with a dry mouth, and feel extra parched, that’s probably why.
If you drink lots of water during the day, you’re off to a great start! Water plays an important role in the proper functioning of your body, and staying hydrated is important, but drinking a big glass of water on an empty stomach in the morning has its own perks!
1. It Will Re-hydrate You
After seven or eight hours of sleep, your body becomes dehydrated. Drinking water upon waking helps increase the flow of oxygen, and aids in the production of muscle and blood cells.
2. It Will Jumpstart Your Metabolism
Drinking at least one large glass of water in the morning – about 16 oz of cold water – can boost your body’s metabolism by about 24%, which can aid in maintaining a healthy weight.
3. Water Helps Your Body Flush Out Toxins
When you drink water in the morning before eating, you help to purify your colon, allowing nutrients to be absorbed more easily. Your kidneys also function better when you’re getting enough fluids.
4. Your Brain Tissue is 76% Water
When you’re dehydrated, your brain is operating on low fuel. This can cause you to feel tired, drained, may lead to headaches, and you may even experience mood fluctuations.
5. You’ll Stay Full Longer
Water helps to fill your stomach. Drinking a big glass of water in the morning, and before meals, can help you to eat less, and avoid over-eating. Drinking water in the morning before breakfast will leave you feeling full until lunch, and help you to avoid mid-day snacking.
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Here’s how to drink water in the morning, to get the best results: Drink 1.5 liters (5 or 6 glasses) of water immediately after waking up. Avoid eating or drinking anything else for about an hour after drinking water. Of course, alcohol dehydrates the body, so it’s best to avoid alcoholic drinks before you go to bed.
Human beings are comprised of 72% water, so making sure to get your recommended daily intake of the liquid makes sense! Here’s a more precise breakdown of the water in your body:
- Your muscles are 75% water
- Your blood is 82% water
- Your lungs are 90% water
- Your brain is 76% water
- Your bones are 25% water
You can see why staying hydrated is so important to keep your body healthy, energized and running properly. The risks of dehydration can be extremely serious. Your body depends on water to survive! Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work correctly, so if you aren’t drinking enough, make H2O your new best friend. If you find the taste too bland, add some lemon!