Why You Should Drink Water On An Empty Stomach Immediately After Waking Up

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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What Is Morning Dehydration?

Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. If you don’t replace lost fluids, you will get dehydrated. via MayoClinic

Symptoms of dehydration include (3):

  • Increased thirst
    • Dry mouth and swollen tongue
    • Weakness
    • Dizziness
    • Palpitations (feeling that the heart is jumping or pounding)
    • Confusion
    • Sluggishness fainting
    • Fainting
    • Inability to sweat
    • Decreased urine output

Waking up in the morning and having bright yellow urine is a sign that your body needs more water. Actually, examining your urine throughout the day is an easy water to know whether or not you’re getting enough water (4).

A recent study found that not drinking enough water can actually impair driving as much as drinking alcohol can (5). This shows just how important water is for your state of mind and cognitive function. You wouldn’t start your day drunk, so why would you start dehydrated?

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How To Drink Water In The Morning

It’s quite an easy habit to pick up, just leave a glass or cup on your bedside table and grab it as you leave your bedroom. It’ll be easy to remember to drink water if you’re walking around with an empty glass.

Here’s what experts are recommending:

  1. As soon as you wake up, drink 4 x 160 ml of water.
  2. Give your body 45 minutes to process the water before having your first meal.
  3. Always have a glass of water before eating a meal.

If you have trouble drinking this much water first thing in the morning, just start with one glass and slowly increase the amount of water you drink every day. Aim for 7-9 glasses of water daily, taking in a little more if you exercise or live in a warm region.

Just remember that the steps mentioned above are just guidelines. Whenever you get thirsty just drink a little water at a time until you no longer feel the need to drink. Like anything else, it’s more about listening to your body than following strict rules.

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