Five Ways Water Can Jump-Start Your Morning

I am a full believer in the power of morning routines. There are several different habits I have toyed with and I am beginning to whittle down to the habits that are most effective for me. My most recent habit I have been experimenting with has been drinking water first thing in the morning. To get very specific, I have a 30 oz bottle of room temperature water sitting on my nightstand so that right when I wake-up, I can get a head start. Our bodies are about 60% water, so you have got to give the body what it needs first thing in the morning. From a psychological standpoint, it is a quick wake-up call that jolts you up and shakes you ready for the day. From a physiological standpoint, there is a multitude of benefits that play into jump-starting your body for whatever is to come.

  1. It cleanses your body of toxins. Although you feel rested, your body has not been resting these past eight or so hours. Your body has been hard at work doing maintenance while you have been asleep and as a result, your body has built up toxins. Thankfully, these toxins can be excreted via sweat and urine. Drinking water first thing in the morning accelerates that process.

  2. It fuels your brain. For many people, a cup of water first thing in the morning is stronger than a single cup of coffee. Considering our brain is made up of 73% water we need to give the brain what it needs. What better way to jumpstart your brain than to give it the energy it needs to tackle the day ahead.

  3. Increase fat-loss. It is a necessity to have your liver operating at an optimal level if you want to lose weight. You can do that by ensuring that your liver is hydrated. Frequently your brain thinks that you are hungry, when in fact you are just thirsty. Drinking water, first thing in the morning, will curb your appetite so you won’t be as hungry.

  4. It rehydrates your body. Your body has been asleep for several hours and has been deprived of water during that time. Considering that our body is 68% water, getting your body what it needs and taking it out of dehydration will ensure it is ready for whatever the day holds.

  5. Delays aging. Your skin is 65% water and by giving it the necessary fuel, it can continue to retain its shape and characteristics for years. The presence of toxins also contributes to aging, and water will help give your skin cells an increase in elasticity (you can read more here).

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