Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you got that right – by starting your day with a large glass of water, you are setting yourself up for a healthy, hydrated body for the rest of the day. I really think that we all know that when we wake up in the morning, we are almost always dehydrated to some extent. Every night, though our brain may be resting, our body continues to work hard. For 8 hours, our heart beats, our stomach and intestines digest, and our kidneys and liver filter our blood. During the day, we eat food and – importantly – drink water to fuel these processes. At night these same processes go on, but we aren’t fueling them like we do during the day. As soon as your alarm goes off and wakes you up, it is of vital importance that you help replace the fluids your body used throughout the night.
Drinking water on an empty stomach has tremendous purification benefits for the body. For thousands of years, water therapy has been used to help treat certain ailments. You should also know that drinking water upon waking is particularly important because it sets you up for the day, and gives your body a replenishing boost before it has to start working on digesting food or anything else the day has in store!
6 Reasons to Drink Water 1 Minute After Waking Up
It Kick-starts Your Metabolism
A recent study has shown that drinking a large, cool glass of water in the morning, can fire up your metabolism by 24% for an hour and a half.
You’ll Flush Out Toxins
Our kidneys are responsible for filtering out all the toxins that gather in the blood. They take all of the waste chemicals that gather in your blood through normal, everyday bodily functions. But they can do a much better job if they have enough liquid to work with – imagine taking a bath in a small puddle of water, it’d be much harder to get clean!
You’ll be amazed when we tell you that a simple glass of water can satiate a grumbling belly! If you drink water after waking up, you’ll eat a smaller breakfast because you’ll feel less hungry. Additionally, water fills our stomach with a substance that doesn’t contain any calories, so we feel fuller, but won’t pile on the pounds.
The experts also say that by staying hydrated, you will support and maintain the health of your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system directly affects how your body fights off infection, so staying hydrated will help keep the sniffles at bay. Additionally, studies have linked dehydration to levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the body. Higher cortisol means higher stress levels and sickness.
Keep Skin Looking Good
We all know that our skin is our largest organ, right? Not only does it help to protect you against excess fluid loss, but it’s also the primary outer indicator of what’s going on inside our body. A healthy, hydrated body, will have smooth, clear, supple skin. If we allow our body to get dehydrated, it has to use the precious fluids elsewhere, so we end up with dry, wrinkled skin, and might break out in spots.
Maintain Bowel Function
Be careful, because if you don’t drink enough water in our day, your colon has to draw extra water from the poop in our bowels. This, in turn, leads to constipation. If you stay hydrated, you can keep your colon performing optimally, and avoid any uncomfortable constipation.