My morning routine is the same everyday: bathroom first, of course, then head downstairs and fill a glass with pure water. I drink about half, then take my probiotic and lower bowel tonic, then finish off the rest.
My morning glass of water has become to me what a cup of coffee is to many people. Until I drink it, I feel sluggish … my mouth feels dry … and I don’t feel like talking to anyone.
But from the first drink, I start to feel awake and energized, ready to face the day.
I first began drinking water first thing each morning after reading GAPS: Gut and Psychology Syndrome about a year ago. The author, Dr. Campbell-McBride, suggests starting the day by taking a probiotic with a cup of water. After a few weeks of doing this, I noticed that I felt more run-down if I forgot to have my morning glass of water. I truly crave it now!
When you drink water in the morning, several things happen:
Digestion is Kick-Started
Think of it as a wake-up call for your stomach and bowels. When the water enters your empty stomach, it’s a signal to your digestive system that it’s time to get to work. Peristalsis begins before you even eat anything, which helps to clear out the remains of the foods you ate yesterday.
It also helps ease and prevent constipation, which is often cause at least partially by not drinking enough water. Have a glass first thing in the morning, and you get a jump start on your daily intake.
The Kidneys Can Flush Out Toxins
You know how urine typically looks much darker first thing in the morning? That’s because all of the waste materials are more concentrated since we haven’t been drinking anything all night. By drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning, you help your kidneys flush out toxins more easily. You’re jump starting your digestive and excretory systems at the same time.
Drinking adequate water also lowers your chance of developing kidney stones.
Your Brain is Energized
Did you know that your brain tissue is 75% water? When you’ve gone several hours without drinking while you sleep, your whole body becomes dehydrated, including your brain. This means you may have trouble thinking or concentrating. You may even snap at others. Morning grogginess isn’t all about trying to wake up – your brain is thirsty!
At the same time, drinking water first thing in the morning may help prevent headaches. Many headaches are caused by dehydration – even mild dehydration. Start the day with water and keep drinking throughout the day, and you may just be headache free.
Cells are Nourished
Your body is made up of more than 30 trillion cells, and every cell is primarily water. When you have a glass of water first thing in the morning, you’re nourishing every cell in the body. You’re helping them to function properly, to do their jobs to keep you feeling healthy and strong.
In addition to nourishing the cells that make up your internal organs and tissues, you’re nourishing the cells you can see too – skin and hair cells. Drinking plenty of water each day makes hair shiny and full and helps makes skin clear and smooth.
Drinking a full glass of water, especially cold water, increases metabolism by almost 25%. You’ll burn calories faster during this spike, which can persist for an hour and a half. That means your breakfast will be burned off faster than it would be otherwise.
The water will also fill your stomach, which will help you eat less at breakfast. You’re hitting those breakfast calories with a double whammy!
Keeps the Lymph Flowing
The lymphatic system is an oft ignored but extremely important part of our bodies. It is lymph that carries dead cells and toxins away from our organs and tissues and delivers them to the bowels and kidneys so they can be eliminated. Lymph also plays a huge role in fighting off viruses, like the common cold and flu.
As you might suspect, lymph fluid is primarily water. Staving off dehydration is critical to enabling the lymphatic system to do its vital work.
Drinking a full glass of water first thing in the morning can also:
- lower blood pressure
- prevent diabetes
- lower the risk of cancer
Making a glass of water part of your morning routine has myriad benefits, from making hair shiny and easing constipation to improving mood and preventing colds. Give it a try for a couple weeks – if you don’t like it by then, give it up. But I’d wager you’ll be hooked!
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Campbell-McBride, Natasha, MD. GAPS: Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Maple Press, 2010.
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