Welcome to Did You Know, a bite-sized new column where we aim to make wellness more digestible. Our first topic of discussion is a reminder that sometimes the littlest things can make a huge difference. Without further ado, let’s dive into the benefits of drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach.
WHAT: Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, is a wellness tip that is based primarily on anecdotal evidence.
HOW: Wake up. Drink a glass of water (in Ayurveda, it’s recommended to have warm or room temperature water, but drinking more water of any temp will do the body good). Carry on with your usual routine.
WHY: Here’s how this simple daily habit can benefit your wellness.
1. It can help boost your brain
Most of us wake up a little dehydrated. Dehydration makes us cranky. And groggy. And less alert. A big ol’ glass of H2O helps replenish the fluids we lose overnight, rehydrating the brain along with the rest of the body.
2. It can help improve digestion
A warm glass of water first thing in the morning can help stimulate the intestines, promoting better digestion and, yes, better pooping.
3. It can help you build healthy habits
We all (hopefully) know that drinking enough water throughout the day is essential. Starting off the day strong with water not only increases your fluid intake, it also can help you get into a hydration routine (especially if you frequently forget to drink it).
Want to learn more about the beauty and body benefits of warm vs. cold water? We got you.