We are meant to drink about eight glasses of water daily, and we all know that it is very important for our health. It keeps everything hydrated, and when you drink plenty of water, your skin looks better. As does your hair, nails, eyes, and that’s before you get into the whole extra-energy business. In short, drinking plenty of water is really good for you. You should definitely drink more of the cold stuff.
There are some holistic practices out there that believe drinking water does so much more than just boost your general health and the way you look. Drinking water in the morning, for example, is an old Ayurvedic style of medicine that has been said to be used to treat everything from generalised pain to even more serious conditions, such as cancer.
But is there some truth to drinking water in the morning? Could it really be that good for you? We decided to do some further investigation …
Why Should We Be Drinking Water in the Morning?
There are so many reasons why we should all be drinking more water, particularly in the morning, and one of the biggest is because 70% of the entire human body is made up of water. We are packed full of it, and we lose a lot of it too, so it just makes sense to replenish things.
Without the right amount of water, your body just wouldn’t function properly, and this particularly relates to your brain. The cells of your brain are made up of 85% water so, once again, replenishing those stores is a really great idea.
Not just your body in general and your brain, your muscles are said to be made up of about 75% water, and bones - 25%. Not only that, over eight percent of your blood is made up of water - 82% to be exact.
The good news is there are plenty of foods that you can eat to increase your water intake, so you don’t just need to reach for the tap. Broth-based soups are a great place to start, and there are plenty of fruits and vegetables high in water content too:
- Red Cabbage
- Potatoes (white)
- Green peas
- Iceberg lettuce
Drinking Water in the Morning - Benefits
We all know that drinking water is good for your health, but what are the benefits of drinking water in the morning? And what evidence supports that theory?
One of the most important things that water does in your body is flush out all those waste products, and when it comes to clearing out the waste matter in your digestive system that’s weighing you down, you can’t beat water for it’s flushing-through properties. Also known as “colon cleansing”, by drinking water in the morning, you are getting rid of all the waste matter, making space for new nutrients, and all that extra hydration, to get through. When your colon is working in tip-top condition, your body will absorb that maximum amount of nutrients from the foods you’re eating, and this can make the world of difference to the way that you feel.
Other benefits include the following:
Your skin will feel much better. When you drink water in the morning, your skin and blood will be purged of toxins, and as a result of that, your skin will look fresh and glowing. This can keep you looking more youthful for longer.
Your cells will be renewed. Your body needs water (and protein) in order to rejuvenate and make those cells, and if you drink water first thing in the morning, your cells are given a kick-start for the day. Not only are new blood cells created, new muscle will be also.
Your lymph systems will be balanced. These lymph nodes are what helps your body fight off infections and bad bugs, so you really should be looking at taking care of those. By drinking water in the morning, you will be flushing out of the toxins from the body that the lymph system would “waste” its time on, and that in turn will help to balance out the fluids around the body.
Weight loss. People who drink a 16 oz glass of ice cold or chilled water in the morning find that their metabolism is boosted by over 24%. That means that your body will be brining fat and calories at a faster rate.
Disease prevention and cure. Although not extensively studied yet, there have been some reports that show positive links between disease prevention and treatment, and drinking water in the morning. The disease list includes - headaches, arthritis, cancer, TB, kidney disease and more.
Best Results - Drinking Water in the Morning
If you want best results, you should aim to drink 1-1.5 litres of water as soon as you get up in the morning. This will also help to wake you up much better than a couple of cups of coffee can, and will also start your metabolism off the right way.
You shouldn’t eat or drink anything else for at least one hour after you drink your water.
You should cut down on the amount of alcohol you consume.
It is quite difficult to just start drinking 1-1.5 litres of water when you wake up in the morning, so don’t be afraid to work your way up to that amount. You can start off with just one glass, and then a few days later, drink two glasses. Eventually you can build up your tolerance, and this is a particularly good strategy for your bladder!