Imagine not drinking any water, tea, or any other liquids for the next eight hours.
Well, that’s essentially what you do while you sleep. Your body will naturally lose fluids through respiration and perspiration as you sleep. Since the body cannot function optimally without an adequate supply of water, it’s important to replace lost fluids at the start of each day. After your body has gone for 7 or more hours without water, the best thing you can do is replenish those lost fluids by drinking 16 oz (2 cups) of water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. I like to keep a refillable water bottle on my night table, so I can start rehydrating as soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning. I usually try to drink about a cup (8 oz) of water right away and then another cup (8 oz) while I’m preparing my breakfast. While thirst is a sign that your body needs more water, by the time you feel thirsty, you are usually dehydrated.
Drinking 16 oz (2 cups) of water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach has many health benefits:
1. Helps to Expel Toxins
At night, your body repairs itself and casts out toxins in the body. When you drink water on an empty stomach in the morning, you help to flush out these harmful toxins.
2. Keeps Your Bowels Moving
Drinking water on an empty stomach helps to get the bowels moving and helps to prevent haemorrhoids, constipation and even colon cancer.
3. Keeps your internal organs healthy
Water keeps your body hydrated which is really important for the proper functioning of all your internal organs such as your brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. Your brain cells, for example, are made up of 80% water! Starting your day with a glass of water can help you to feel alert and focused.
4. Strengthens Your Immune System
Drinking water on an empty stomach helps in flushing and balancing the lymphatic system, which leads to increased levels of immunity. A strong immune system will keep you better protected against germs and illness.
5. Keeps Your Skin Healthy
Drinking water on an empty stomach increases blood flow throughout the skin, which helps keep your skin hydrated, smooth, clear and healthy.
6. Gives You an Energy Boost
Drinking water immediately after waking up hydrates your red blood cells and sends oxygen to all your body tissues. It’s like giving yourself a “jumpstart.” In addition, starting your day with water purifies your colon, making it easier to absorb all the energizing nutrients from your healthy breakfast.
7. It Fires Up Your Metabolism
Drinking 2 cups of water after you wake up has been shown to fire up your metabolism by a whopping 24%.
8. You’ll Eat Less
You’ve probably heard that drinking a glass of water before meals can help fill up the stomach. Starting your day with water is one way to help keep your appetite in check.
There are a whole host of benefits of drinking water immediately after waking up. It’s without a doubt, an easy way to make a positive change to your health!
But don’t stop there. Keep drinking water regularly throughout the day.
It’s best to drink most of your water between meals as drinking too much water during meals can dilute your digestive enzymes and interfere with digestion. Take small sips of water as needed during meals.
The amount of water your body requires depends on your body weight and activity level. Use this chart as a reference.