It is pretty common knowledge that the majority of the human body is composed of water. Yet, from time to time, we still don’t drink enough water and we catch ourselves being dehydrated. Some signs of dehydration are increased thirst, being tired or sleepy, dry mouth, decreased urine output, headache, dry skin, dizziness and urine of a darker hue.
An indication that we are getting enough water into our system is frequent or regular urination throughout the day. The goal is to urinate 7 to 10 times a day, with at least 5 to 7 of those times being clear urine. If you see that your urine is getting a little dark, be sure to gulp down a tall glass of water!
Here are some reasons you should drink water first thing in the morning.
Drinking a lot of water not only clears your body of toxins but it creates the feeling of needing to pass stools. When your bowel movement gets regularized, you are releasing waste and toxins (preferably) on a daily basis. Not only does water detox the body, it also helps reduce swelling and keeps your body clean.
Drinking water first thing in morning not only eliminates your sleepiness but it also causes you to be hungry. This will help in increasing your appetite, thus allowing you to want to have breakfast (which you should be eating regularly anyway).
Having water on an empty stomach stimulates the growth of red blood cells. Thus, creating more oxygenated blood and helping you feel energized and refreshed first thing in the morning!
Headaches in the morning or throughout the day are usually an indicator that you are not having enough water. Having 8 ounces of water or more in the morning can help reduce headaches!
Water is essential to your immune system. By keeping a stable balance of fluids in your body this will lead to a reduction of infections. Drinking water on an empty stomach in the morning will help you strengthen your immune system and lower the chances of sickness.
Drinking water helps increase energy because it stimulates the growth of red blood cells. This helps keeping you energized throughout the day.
Drinking a sufficient amount of water will help keep your skin clear and glowing. Most of the time, acne originates from irregular bowel movements. Once that is regularized, toxins will begin to leave the body and help you detoxify. This leads to fewer outbreaks and acne.
Drinking hot water is supposed to increase one’s metabolic rate by nearly 24 per cent! This helps your body burn through more calories. In turn, this helps you digest and assimilate food much faster and efficiently. Drinking water also aids in weight loss because thirst is often mistaken for hunger. When you feel hungry, have some water and see if you still feel the need for food. Moreover, having a tall glass of water before a meal will make you feel full, thus reducing the amount of calories you eat during the meal.