Why drink water in the morning?

When I was in highschool, I remember a random piece of advice my science teacher gave me for my health. I don’t know why I remember it, but it still sticks with me and it rings true. He said,

‘Drinking water the first thing in the morning is the best thing for you. I drink water in the morning, hate the stuff, its disgusting, but I drink it.’  

I think the fact that he was so blunt about hating water in the morning was what made it memorable. But its true, I came across this article that gives a couple of good bits of info on why to drink water in the morning.

Firstly, it rehydrates your body. We loose a lot of water when we sleep from sweating and breathing and its important to top that up when we first wake. It also allows more oxygen to be carried in your blood and so keeps you energized and alert. 

Second, it aids in weight loss. I’ve already mentioned this, but more specifically it boosts your metabolism. It increases the rate at which you burn calories. In addition, it could curb your appetite or replace an unhealthy morning drink choice. 

Lastly, it can help prevent sicknesses. It maintains a healthy lymphatic system which in turn helps to fight off infections. Dehydration can contribute to higher levels of stress and sickness. 

So these are just a couple points on why drinking water first thing in the morning is a good choice. It’s easy too, just one glass can get you on your way to having a great day. Make it a habit! Your body will love you for it. 

Oh, and here’s a link to a blog that shows you how to naturally flavour water! Its actually really creative and interesting, I might give it a try!

http://www.theyummylife.com/Flavored_Water#CommentsForm

 

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Water and Weight Loss

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I’ve been reading a lot on how drinking water can help you loose weight and thought I’d share the most interesting points here. I’ve mentioned in a previous blog how water is part of almost every function in your body, and this is an important point when thinking about loosing weight. Your body burns a number of calories just to stay alive. It’s called your basal metabolism. Its the amount of energy needed by your body to keep everything running. Now when your hydrated, your body is running at its optimum levels, burning calories and keeping everything going smooth, but when you get dehydrated, this drops and so does the amount of calories you burn. Toxins are also left over when you burn calories and without water, these toxins cannot be properly removed from your body. Dehydration also causes a reduction in blood volume which can mean less oxygen is carried to your muscles. Finally it affects your physical performance during exercise. Without being properly hydrated, you can feel tired and sluggish and thus miss out on getting a good workout. Your strength and endurance can drop if you fail to drink enough. Your muscles need water to keep themselves running smoothly and your joints will also benefit from being hydrated and lubricated. So if your looking to loose some weight, drinking plenty of water alongside a healthy diet, lifestyle and exercise can help you along your way. Having the determination to loose that weight is the most important thing though!