What happens if you drink water every morning: six changes that may surprise you
The human body is unable to produce water on its own to meet basic needs. Many doctors say that the best way to start your day is to drink a glass of water.
According to Casey Kelly, MD, founder and medical director of Case Integrative Health, about 60% of our body is made up of water, and this percentage varies slightly depending on age, gender, and hydration level. The Real Simple portal talked about the positive impact of consuming enough fluids on the body.
How the habit of drinking water after waking up can affect a person
1. Hydration after sleep
Since it is not possible to replenish water reserves during sleep, the body is dehydrated in the morning, Kelly said. She drew attention to the fact that many people feel thirsty in the morning.
"Drinking water after waking up replenishes lost fluids, including those you lost during the night," said William Lee, MD, author of the New York Times bestseller Eat to Beat Illness: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself. According to the expert, this is especially true if you sleep in a warm room or have drunk alcohol the night before.
2. Increase energy levels
Kelly pointed out that many of her patients say that drinking cold water helps them wake up.
After all, according to the National Library of Medicine, dehydration can cause fatigue and dizziness. By drinking a glass of water in the morning, you can prevent this by kick-starting the rehydration process and ensuring that your tissues and organs get the fluids they need as quickly as possible.
3. Increase mental performance
According to Dr. Kelly, dehydration is also linked to foggy minds and headaches, so water in the morning is a great way to get on the road to higher productivity.
"Even mild dehydration is associated with some short-term memory and concentration loss, so if you want to stay on top of your game, drink a glass of water," she advised.
4. Stimulate metabolism
Regardless of the time of day, drinking water, especially cold water, speeds up metabolism.
Dr. Li explained that "cold water causes the body to turn on a mechanism called thermogenesis, which is activated by cold." "This means that your body heats up the water, activating your metabolism by as much as 30% for about an hour," he explained.
5. Better digestion
According to Kelly, hydration is crucial for healthy digestion.
Warm water is also helpful in this context, as it helps break down food faster than cold water, Kelly said. She advises paying attention to the amount of fluid you drink in a day, especially for people prone to constipation.
6. Controlling hunger attacks
If you don't like to eat in the morning, don't have time for it, or feel hungry after breakfast, drinking water on an empty stomach can help.
A team of scientists in a 2018 study found that water drunk in the morning can suppress hunger, potentially making you feel better.
"A lot of times, thirst is confused with hunger, so drinking enough fluids can reduce the urge to snack or overeat when you're not really hungry," Kelly said.
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