Staying hydrated is very important for your overall health. However, people are underestimating the power of water. Because we have it all around us, we don’t understand that only water has the power to keep us healthy. All other drinks are there for some guilty pleasure and nothing more. Coffee can’t be a substitute for a glass of water, and neither can a glass of some juice.
You can drink water at any time of day. However, it is most important to drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up. So, don’t drink coffee to wake yourself up. That will only dehydrate your already dehydrated body. Drink a glass of water and then continue with your morning rituals.
According to Clemson University, our body is 75% water (on the molecular level). That is why we need so much water to function properly.
We have gathered a couple of reasons why you should drink a glass of water on an empty stomach just after you wake up.
It is Convenient
According to famous Dr. Don Colbert (“New York Times” Best Selling Author), drinking water during a meal can actually dilute digestive juices and upset your stomach. The best idea is to drink the glass of water first thing in the morning. Your stomach is empty, and the glass of water won’t have a negative effect on your digestion. You can also keep a bottle or a glass of water by your bed.
It Reduces Stomach Acidity
High levels of acid in your stomach can cause a heartburn. During the night, your stomach is producing hydrochloric acid. Food can dilute that acid, but because your stomach is empty in the morning, there is nothing that can lower the effect of that acid. However, if you have water, immediately after you wake up, it will reduce the level of that acid.
It Helps Bowel Movements
A glass of warm water early in the morning helps with your bowel movements and it can also help with constipation. The lack of water in your body is the most common reason for that problem.
Other Health Benefits of Water
Water is crucial for the balance of fluids in your body. Digestion, circulation, absorption, transport of nutrients and creation of saliva all depend on the balance of fluids in your body. It is also very important not to ignore your brain when it triggers the body’s thirst mechanism. You can easily misinterpret it as hunger, and that brings us to the next benefit.
If you start feeling empty, that doesn’t have to mean that you are hungry. You could be thirsty. That is why you should drink a glass of water before a meal. That can stop you from overeating.
It Can Keep Your Skin Fresh
According to Kenneth Ellner, an Atlanta dermatologist, your skin is full of water. That is why dehydration makes your skin look dry and wrinkly. It also ages faster if you don’t consume enough water.
Alcohol is a diuretic. That means that, when you drink alcohol, you lose more water than you can consume. That is why you experience a “hangover” after a “crazy night”. Dry mouth, headaches, and extreme thirst are all connected with that “hangover”.
It Energize Your Muscles
The lack of water in your body will cause severe muscle fatigue. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, you should drink about 17 ounces of water two hours before the exercise. They also recommend drinking enough water during the workout. After all, you lose lots of fluids through the sweating process.
You should drink around 2 liters of water every day. And if you are sweating a lot, you should increase that amount accordingly.