7 Benefits of Drinking Water in the Morning
Water is essential to life, and your body needs it to function properly.
One trending idea suggests that if you want to be healthier, you should drink water first thing in the morning.
You may be used to drinking a cup of coffee or tea to wake you up in the morning. Some of you may opt for a glass of cool water to replenish you and get your morning started. These things may now be morning habits; however, it can be worth reconsidering how you start your morning because research shows that drinking warm water on an empty stomach offers the most health benefits.
Why Drink Water in the Morning?
You may be diligent about getting in your eight glasses during the day, but your body naturally loses hydration while you sleep (especially if you snore or breathe through your mouth). To make up for this, your body releases a hormone called Vasopressin to ensure you’re retaining water during sleeping hours. Vasopressin ramps up most during later hours of sleep though, so if you’re not getting at least eight hours of shuteye, you’re more likely to be dehydrated when your alarm goes off in the a.m.
Reaching for H2O in the morning rehydrates your system after its nightly fast. So be sure to chug some water (may we suggest a chic reusable bottle?) before switching to your beloved cold brew.
1. Improve Your Metabolism
Drinking water (approximately 20 ounces) can increase your metabolic rate by 30 percent, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Having a glass on an empty stomach helps put your body on a path toward more efficient digestion the moment you start your day.
2. Alleviate Heartburn and Indigestion
When you sip a glass first thing in the morning, it cleanses any food acids from your esophagus that worked their way upward while you slept. (It also helps flush acids off your teeth.)
3. Prevent Kidney Stones
Drinking water first thing is key to diluting the substances in your urine that can cause kidney stones to form. But remember: Your water intake should amount to at least a half gallon a day to really ward them off, experts say. (Adding a slice of lemon—rich in citric acid—also helps, FYI.)
4. Stop a Headache in Its Tracks
Dehydration is one of the leading causes of that throbbing pain in your skull. Think of a serving of water first thing in the morning as a measure that helps prevent a headache from developing. (Just be sure you keep sipping throughout the day.)
5. Help Flush Toxins From the Body
It’s all about keeping your small intestine hydrated and your body’s water balance in check. Your gastric emptying rate (i.e., how much you pee) is accelerated by how much water you consume. The more you pee, the more toxins you flush out. It’s as simple as that.
6. Keep Things Moving
Yep, a glass of water on an empty stomach also helps regulate your digestion (ahem, your bowel movements) so you get it out of the way first thing.
7. Keep You From Getting Sick
To dodge a cold or the flu, you need to keep your lymphatic system—a vital part of your immune system—hydrated. A glass of water in the morning will help ward off congestion and ensure proper (and efficient) drainage.