5 Reasons Water Is A Killer Morning Habit

Healthy Benefits Of Starting Your Day With Water

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What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? You probably go straight for your first cup of coffee. We think our body needs coffee because that’s what we’re craving. But our body is truly calling out for water, because we wake up dehydrated. So, it’s time to start a new killer morning habit!

Drink 16 ounces of water when you first wake up.

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Your goal should be to drink (2) – 16 oz glasses of cool water when you wake up, but let’s start with baby steps. Remember, it’s okay not to be perfect with change.

Right now you’re saying to yourself, “There is NO way I’m giving up my coffee in the morning!”

I totally get you. I don’t make big changes without BIG reasons why. Give me the facts on why I should grab that plain glass of water over my delicious mocha cappuccino. (I still have my morning cup of coffee or green tea after I finish my water.)

Your body is dehydrated when you wake up

You just woke up from an 8-hour sleep (hopefully), and your body has been without fluids all night. You also perspire when you sleep, causing you to lose more water. We are made up of more than 60% water, and the first thing our body will need is to replace it. Plus, coffee and its caffeine are a diuretic that will cause you to pee out more precious water. Replace the water.

Water fires up your metabolism for the day

Water revs up your metabolism naturally. A recent study in Germany showed that drinking cool water when you wake up will boost your metabolism an average of 24% during that first 90 minutes. Water gives you natural energy throughout your day when you stay hydrated, without a caffeine stimulant. Drink the water.

Water gets your digestive system going and flushes out toxins

If you want your intestines and kidneys to do what they were made for, they need water. You body needs to rid itself of the waste you take in every day. We can only do this if we (gross alert) poop and pee. To keep that system working properly, we need to keep our body fully hydrated so it can flush out the toxins. Getting rid of toxins will help keep your body out of a state of inflammation, which can cause chronic illness, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.

You will curb your cravings and eat less

Drinking a large glass of water when you wake up and before every meal, will help you feel full and eat less. This simple zero calorie substance will fill you up and help avoid snacking. Fill your stomach with healthy water, not useless calories.

Pump up your brain for the day ahead

This one is so important! Your brain is made up of about 73% water. When you sleep, you lose a lot of that water that your brain needs to work at its best. If you start your day with only coffee, you’re only getting a stimulant and a diuretic. This doesn’t help our brain work at its best. If the brain is dehydrated, it causes fatigue, lack of focus, migraines, and depression. When our brain is in a constant state of dehydration, it can also contribute to dementia and Alzheimer’s.

There are so many great reasons to start your day with water! Try keeping a stainless steel water bottle by your bed so it’s ready to drink when you wake up. Your water will still be cool and refreshing.

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How can we add this healthy change easily into our daily lives? Break it down into 2 achievable steps and mark them on your calendar.

Step 1: Week 1, begin with 1 – 16 oz glass of cool water when you wake up.

Step 2: Week 2, increase to 2 – 16 oz glasses of cool water when you wake up.

You’ve now created a new healthy habit, and you’re on the path to a great day!

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Written by Dayna

Hi, I'm Dayna Wilson. I live in sunny Florida surrounded by water, but I'm always thirsty. I simply just didn't drink enough water, and it was causing chronic health problems. When my mom developed Alzheimer's and osteoporosis, I decided to make a lifestyle change so that I didn't have the same future. I'm sharing my journey to a healthier lifestyle of water drinking, clean eating, and exercise. Change isn't easy, but I hope that we can prevent chronic illness and disease by living a healthier life.

6 Comments

    • Sandra, 8 ounces is such a great start! Good for you!! That’s making a healthy choice to begin with. Now just work towards 16 ounces within a week and then double it after 2 weeks if you can. The goal would be 2 16 ounce glasses when you wake up, but be proud with what you can do on your own timeline. Best wishes for your healthiest life. xx

  1. Great post, Dayna! I do try to get a cup of water in before my morning coffee, but guess I need to be drinking a little more than a cup first thing! 😉 Thanks for the reminder for WHY it is so important!

  2. Thanks for the reminder Dayna. I try to remember to fill my oversized coffee mug with water first thing in the morning and drink that before my coffee. In the summer that’s pretty easy to do.

    Do you have any tips for the winter when I want to start my day with a nice warm cuppa?

    • That’s great Debbie! It’s so important to start the day with water and keep drinking it all day. I know it’s harder in the winter when it’s cold outside. We want something warm right away. It’s still important to drink the water first, but try room temperature instead of cool/cold. You could even try warm water and lemon (maybe a little honey), if you need something to warm you up. xx

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