This week we’re trying a new mini challenge in my online accountability group: drinking 8 ounces of water upon rising. While it’s important to drink water throughout the day, starting your day off with some H20 can really kick things into motion. A few of my challengers asked: Why is this so important? Below I explain some of the benefits behind forming this new habit.
Water will rehydrate you. Imagine not drinking water for eight hours. That’s essentially what you’re doing when you sleep. Although your body might not recognize it, you’re dehydrated when you wake up. Reaching for a glass of water can fix that right away. Unfortunately, coffee does not hydrate you, even though it contains water. So stick with the pure stuff.
Water will flush out any toxins. This is where the lemon slice is key. Water with lemon will flush out toxins from your system and bring your digestive system to an equilibrium. This will help you process food more efficiently throughout the day.
Water will wake up your metabolism. This is especially true if you’re drinking cold water. Your body will work extra hard to bring that water up to your body’s temperature. Studies have shown that your metabolism can work 24 percent higher if you throw back a cold one.
Water is fuel for your brain. Did you know the brain is 75 percent water? When you’re dehydrated, your brain is operating on less fuel, so you feel drained, fatigued or moody. This could explain why you aren’t a morning person. Eight ounces later, you might feel like a new person.
Water can help you lose weight. Drinking water is one of the keys to losing weight. Oftentimes we think we’re hungry when we’re actually dehydrated. This is where water can help. Likewise, it stimulates feelings of fullness so you can avoid cravings throughout the day.
Do you drink water upon rising? Is this something you could add to your routine?