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

Drinking
water immediately after waking up is a popular ritual in Japan. The
Japanese believe that drinking water first thing in the morning can help
heal and manage epilepsy, bronchitis, asthma, diarrhea, vomiting, urine
and kidney diseases, diabetes, menstrual disorders, meningitis,
arthritis, headache, heart beating fast, eye diseases and help you
manage a healthy weight.

Not
many people like to drink water first thing in the morning.  Instead,
most people prefer tea or coffee but it is recommended to drink water or
at least eat fruits that contain water.

While you sleep, your
body is filtering out all the toxins you’ve accumulated throughout the
day. The little bit of water that’s left in your digestive tract by the
time you get to bed isn’t enough to clear away all this waste. Drinking
water as soon as you wake up will give your kidneys more to work with to
help them eliminate all the toxins that are clogging your system.

 

Why Drink More Water

Drinking
water is important for mental clarity and alertness. In fact,
dehydration is a risk factor for delirium and  dementia in the elderly
and in the very ill. It’s also important for nearly every bodily
function. In fact, in as little as  3-4 days, dehydration can become
deadly.

“I have sort of a 100-hour rule,” says Claude
Piantadosi of Duke University in North Carolina. “Depending on the
temperature you are exposed to, you can go 100 hours without drinking at
an average temperature outdoors. If it’s cooler, you can go a little
longer. If you are exposed to direct sunlight, it’s less,” he added.

“Dehydration
kills by bringing blood pressure down to fatal levels. The more energy
you expend the more likely you are to lose water,” 
says Randall
Packer, an expert from George Washington University. “You lose a little
bit of water every time you exhale. You lose water when you sweat. You
do make a little water when you metabolize food… but the balance is such
that you always need some sort of water intake.”.

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.

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    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.

A
recent study found that not drinking enough water can actually impair
driving as much as drinking alcohol can. 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?

 

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:

As soon as you wake up, drink 4 x 160 ml of water.
Give your body 45 minutes to process the water before having your first meal.
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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