It can be difficult to be intentional about one’s morning. You wake up and instantly the world is demanding your attention. You turn your phone over and you have five texts, three social media notifications, a voicemail, and half a dozen emails to respond to. There are some push notifications from your preferred news outlet. Before you know it, you’re plunged into the day’s tasks and you didn’t get to do the things you said you’d do for yourself first thing in the morning.
Once the day gets you, it seems to really have you, doesn’t it? But how you spend those first few moments in the morning can dictate the way the rest of your day goes it is important to be intentional about what you do before beginning your work and tending to your responsibilities. One very simple thing that you can do is drink a glass of water. It doesn’t require technology or workout equipment or even much strength at all. You can fill a glass of water at night, place it on your bedside, and have it there ready for you in the morning. There are so many proven benefits of having a glass of water first thing in the morning. Maybe learning about them will motivate you to start this healthy habit.
You wake up dehydrated
You wake up dehydrated. You just do. Unless you sleep with an IV pumping fluids through your body, then by the time you wake up, it’s probably been at least eight hours since you had water. Maybe more, if you cut fluids a few hours before bedtime to prevent midnight bathroom visits. So you wake up, and you are dehydrated. You need to address that.
Your lymphatic system will thank you
Your lymphatic system does so many things for you, including help prevent infection, remove cellular waste, and regulate fluids in the body. But it needs you to feed it fluids, if it’s going to regulate your other naturally existing fluids. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning to get this important system working.
Clear brain fog
Did you know that your brain is mostly water? In fact, it’s nearly 75 percent water. So when you think of it that way, you can see how that important organ needs to stay hydrated. Drinking water first thing in the morning moves oxygen to the brain and increases red blood cell count, helping push away that morning brain fog.
Address dry mouth
Dry mouth is very unpleasant. It can make it hard to get a sentence out on that first morning work call. Drink a glass of water, to moisten your mouth, and let your saliva glands know that they can start working again, which is important for keeping your mouth healthy.
Fight stress early
Being dehydrated can cause an increase in cortisol levels – that’s the stress hormone. And you know how hard it is to combat stress once it starts. It feels like a train that’s gone off the tracks. So fight it early in the morning by drinking water, bringing those cortisol levels down, and getting stress under control before sending that first email.
Relieve IBS symptoms
There is a strong relationship between dehydration and irritable bowel syndrome symptoms – specifically constipation. You need to have enough water to move fiber through the body. You need water to keep the intestines lubricated. And the morning, after you’ve given your body time to digest your food overnight, is often a good time to eliminate waste. Water can jumpstart that process.
Push out toxins
Toxins have built up in your body overnight, and urinating helps you push those out. If you aren’t someone who wakes up with a strong urge to urinate, drink a big glass of water, first thing, to activate your bladder, and push out those toxins right away.
Improve your complexion
You’ve likely heard that dehydration can damage your complexion, but it’s important to know why. When you’re dehydrated, your blood thickens, and then your organs pull water from your skin in order to function properly. They’re the essential organs, so they steal water from the non-essential organ aka your skin. Give your body enough water, and the organs don’t have to fight over it.
Aid in your exercise
Perhaps you’re someone who likes to exercise first thing in the morning. If so, then drinking water before you do so is especially important. Water disperses electrolytes through the body, which you need to get in a good workout. It also helps muscles function properly. Furthermore, you’re going to lose water through sweat, and you woke up dehydrated as it is, so have some water before your morning workout.
Boost your metabolism
Drinking water can help boost your metabolism, and if you want to make the most of that benefit, start early in the day. Get your metabolism working for you, as soon as possible. One study found that just drinking two cups of water before every meal and making no other changes helped women lose weight.
Ease stiff joints
Do you wake up with stiff joints? That’s normal, seeing as you’ve been mostly still during the night, not using your body, and not naturally lubricating your joints by moving them. Water helps lubricate and cushion joints and can alleviate some of that stiffness you feel when you first wake up, which in turn can help with your morning exercise.
Send away headaches
Dehydration is often at the root of headaches. But you may wake up and grab a pain killer when you have a headache. That can be a bad cycle to get on, since taking painkillers daily isn’t good for you. When you’re dehydrated, the cells in your brain suffer, and they cause a pulsating that you experience as a headache.
Reduce other liquid cravings
Drinking enough water can help reduce cravings for other liquids, like sugary juices and sodas. Once you have that first juice or soda, you train your mouth to want that, so it’s good to try anything you can to fight the urge to grab a sugary drink, at the start of the day. Drinking water can help.
A morning tip
To get on the right track with morning hydration, it’s important to know how to make the most of it. Have water the moment you wake up, and then, wait 45 minutes to eat breakfast. The reason behind this is that water dilutes digestive juices, and can interfere with digestion if consumed too close to a meal.
Have water before coffee
You may be tempted to have coffee before anything else in the morning because you just want to wake up. But remember that water will help you wake up. And, if you start with coffee, then you’ll start needing to urinate a lot, which may discourage you from drinking water. You don’t want to add one fluid if another already has you going to the bathroom too much.