Because up to 72% of the human body is made of water, replenishing our hydration levels is crucial to our health and wellbeing. While most of us would agree that we could benefit from upping our intake, it’s also important to consider when to hydrate for optimum hydration. To give your body the boost it needs to get you through the day, start each morning by drinking a glass of water when you wake up.

The Proven Power of H2O

You wouldn’t start your car in the middle of winter and expect it to reach highway speeds without a warm up. You don’t see Stephen Curry or JJ Watt getting in the game without properly warming up…So, why would you rush out of bed without taking the necessary steps to ensure you’re off to a balanced beginning?  

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In the game of life, your health is the MVP. Whether you’re a free throw shooting legend or a superstar defensive end, you can’t tackle the day if your health is jeopardized. Like any well-oiled machine, your body needs to be warmed up in order to efficiently and effectively handle the demands of the day. That first glass of water revs your body up- lubricating your joints and muscles, hydrating your bloodstream, and powering your brain and body to better perform.  

An early morning glass of water wakes up your metabolism and can even increase your calorie-burning potential throughout the day! Studies suggest that drinking 16oz of water first thing in the morning can help with appetite control and even weight loss. You’ll feel fuller, more satisfied, and, therefore, less likely to overeat.

Staying hydrated is essential to almost all of our major, daily functions.

  • Water moves nutrients within the bloodstream to nourish our bodies.
  • It helps our body to dispose of waste and toxins.
  • Water regulates our internal temperature.
  • It increases your energy and makes you more alert.
  • It boosts your immune system.
  • It prevents cramps and alleviates headaches.

Skip the AM Coffee…Or, At Least, Hydrate First

If you’re used to craving that big cup of coffee to get going in the morning, think again. Coffee isn’t hydrating, in fact, it’s a diuretic that actually works against your body’s best hydration efforts. Ironically, one of the first signs of dehydration is feeling sleepy…what do most of us do when we need an energy boost? Well, head to the nearest Starbucks, of course!

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Some of the common signs of dehydration are headache, exhaustion, dizziness, inability to focus, and lethargy. Low hydration levels can also cause dry skin, bad breath, muscle cramps, and even food cravings.

When you wake up, you’ve gone 7-8 hours without drinking any liquids. Of course, your body is dehydrated! Drinking water when you wake up will fuel your brain (which is 75% water), jumpstart your metabolism, and help your body flush out the toxins your glymphatic system has been processing all night. You’ll start the day more focused and better able to give and receive information.

An Easy Change to Make

Start your morning by drinking a large glass of water, and you’ll immediately set a daily intention to prioritize your health and wellness. Replenishing your body with this essential element will also help you feel, look, and be healthier. Here are a few, simple ways you can encourage yourself to drink more water:

  1. Keep a full glass next to your bed. If you wake up in the middle of the night, take a few sips, but, in the morning, finish the glass before you even leave your room. One glass down, seven more to go!
  2. Carry a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day. Keep it at your desk, bring it along with you in your car, and have it handy whenever you’re feeling the urge. You’ll be surprised how much water you can drink without even thinking about it!
  3. Substitute water for soda, coffee, or caffeinated tea throughout the day. Those types of drinks tend to dehydrate you. Drinking water instead will not only satiate you but also provide a healthier option for your body.

Starting your day with a big glass of water has countless benefits. You’ll feel better, more alert, and more productive. See what a big difference such a small change can make!  

Have you noticed any changes since you starting prioritizing hydration by adding it to your morning routine? What are your favorite ways to stay hydrated?