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November 25, 2015

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Drinking Water First Thing in the Morning

Although the human body is made up of 70 percent water, it’s naturally dehydrated after a long night’s sleep and needs to be replenished. Staying hydrated throughout the day plays an important role in your body’s daily and long-term functions, but guzzling a bottle or glass of water first thing in the morning is the most beneficial way to jumpstart your day.

There are many different ways you can get your water fix in the morning: ice cold, room temperature, warm with lemon. All of these methods have incredible benefits for a healthier body and healthier you. Here are three reasons why you should be drinking water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning:

Cleanse digestion
Drinking warm water may not sound like the most palatable beverage, but drinking a glass can help cleanse your digestive system by flushing out unwanted toxins. Warm water helps break down the food in your stomach, making them more digestible. In turn, drinking warm water can also decrease the likelihood of constipation, since broken down foods can smoothly pass through the intestines with ease.

Lose weight
Drinking water first thing in the morning can aid in weight loss. Water consumption increases metabolic rate, which allows the body to burn more calories. Want to kick it up another notch? Add a bit of fresh squeezed lemon juice to the water. In addition to providing natural, low calorie flavoring, the lemon juice will make you feel fuller, curbing your appetite and cravings.

Cure illnesses and diseases
Ayurvedic medicine, a holistic approach to water treatments, says that consuming water directly after waking up can cure or lessen life-threatening diseases and conditions such as cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis, due to flushing out harmful toxins. It can also help lower the risk of kidney disease, according to the University of Sydney.

Do you drink a bottle or glass of water first thing in the morning? Have you seen it positively affect your health? Tell us in the comments below!

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