You’ve probably heard advice about drinking up to seven or eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day. Chances are you’ve gotten by on less than that, so it’s no big deal, right? Well, while it is true that you can survive on less than those seven cool glasses, you could be setting yourself up for some problems down the line. Water is a critical component to all life on earth, and humans, being greatly composed of the stuff, are no exception, here are some good reasons to drink water when you wake, and keep at it throughout your day.
7. It Jump Starts Your Metabolism
Drinking water in the morning can help your metabolism get off to a great start. In fact, according to research, drinking 16 ounces of water (that’s about two glasses) can create measurable metabolic increases in a matter of ten minutes. After a half hour to an hour, these metabolic rates will peak at about a 30% increase! You may not think that’s a big deal, but a higher metabolic rate means more energy, which is great if you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. It also means you’ll be better able to burn fat, so drink up!
6. Morning Dehydration When You Wake Up
You’ve probably heard that it’s important to drink water throughout your day. This is true, and easy enough when you put your mind to it. But what about when you’re sleeping? Your body will dry out overnight. This is worse if you snore, which leaves your mouth open, causing your body to dry out faster. Loss of hydration overnight isn’t a huge deal, as long as you get a drink of water soon in the morning. It will help you feel more refreshed, certainly, and can make you alert if you decide to add some lemon to your morning water. Check out this mask with a zipper for your lips so you can enjoy your favorite beverages with a straw.
5. Water Helps Your Body Flush out Toxins
Like the rest of your organs, kidneys perform much better when there is water involved. If you’re drinking lots of water, the kidneys, which are the organs responsible for filtering the blood, will have a much easier time due to being hydrated. Without water, it takes a lot longer for your body to break down and remove harmful chemicals. When there is sufficient water to make urine, you can be certain that you’re flushing toxins not just from your bladder and intestines, but from your body as a whole. Your digestive organs simply help facilitate that progress. Speaking of digestion…
4. Water Helps with Digestion
The previous point explains a bit about what the kidneys do- but they are part of an entire digestive system that works better with water. Water helps the liver process nutrients and chemicals faster and more effectively (with less damage in the case of harmful substances). Water can help your body more effectively absorb the nutrients it needs and dilute the things your body is better off without. It also lubricates the intestines and therefore assists with bowel movements by preventing constipation. This is why it is good to drink water in the morning. It gets you ready for breakfast.Related: 8 Signs You Are Dehydrated
3. Your Brain Tissue is 75% Water
You probably know that the vast bulk of the human body is made up of water. Experts estimate that 60-70% of the human body is water. This is true for the organs as well, which are all mostly made up of water as well. The brain alone uses up about 20% of the body’s nutritional intake; it makes senses that it would also have a significant need for water. A shortage of water can lead to both physical and mental impairment, which means one might get irritable, fatigued, or even delusional. It’s much better to stay hydrated if possible.
2. You’ll Eat Less
Water may not have much of a taste, but it’s easy to drink. It can also help you feel sated. On the one hand, water takes up space in your stomach, so if you’re filling up on water, you’re not packing on calories, or unhealthy ingredients such as salt, sugar, or fat. Water can also curb your appetite, decreasing your appetite. If you’re trying to eat less, or simply eat healthy, drink more water. It can also help counteract what unhealthy foods you do eat by counterbalancing the sodium and sugar in your bloodstream, leading to a much healthier you.
1. Immune Health
Water can also influence your immune health. After all, it’s heavily involved in the creation of new cells, both red and white blood cells. Water is also responsible for the hydration of sensitive, vulnerable parts of your body. Consider your eyes, nose, and mouth. Water is used in the creation of mucus and tears- creating defenses to keep harmful pathogens out. The lymphatic system also benefits greatly from water, because it is the means of transport that carries white blood cells where they are needed most. This is why it’s important to get enough fluids- especially when you’re feeling sick.
Water will not solve all of your health woes, but it is important. Pretty much every system of the body, from function to defense, from nutrient transfer to waste removal- all of these rely on water in some way, shape, or form. As a result, water can also indirectly help with serious illnesses, but it will not cure them on its own. To protect your health, practice healthy habits; this will reduce your odds of illness in the first place. Drink plenty of water, get plenty of rest and exercise, and be sure to eat healthy, avoiding salts and sugars. Enjoy your water in these handblown Mexican glasses and carafe.Related: This Drink Helps You Burn An Extra 490 Calories Per Week