Water has great health benefits. Not only does it quench your thirst and rehydrate your body, water also maintains the health of your kidneys by flushing toxins and body waste through them. Most of us need to drink about 1.5 to 2.5 litres of water each day but here’s why you should start off the rest of your day with a glass of water as soon as you wake up:
1. Improved Metabolism
Researchers reveal that drinking water on an empty stomach can increase your metabolic rate by at least 24 per cent. An increased metabolic rate means an improved digestive system. Drinking water immediately after waking up purifies the colon, making it easier to absorb nutrients.
2. Lose Weight Faster
Drinking water before eating breakfast could help you to quadruple your weight loss efforts over a three-month period, recent research has found. This works because provided you do it early enough before eating, preloading with water creates a feeling of fullness that makes you want to eat less.
3. Get Rid Of Toxic Build-Up
At night, your body repairs itself and casts out all the toxins in the body. When you drink water on an empty stomach in the morning, you will flush out these harmful toxins, leaving your body fresh and healthy. Drinking water as soon as you wake up also encourages healthy bowel movement.
4. Promotes Skin Clarity
Dehydration causes premature wrinkles and deep pores in the skin. A study concluded that drinking 500 ml of water on an empty stomach increases blood flow in the skin and makes it glow with health. Also, drinking more water throughout the day means that your body is releasing toxins, which will make your skin more radiant.
5. Get Smooth, Shiny Hair
Water makes up almost ¼ of the weight of a hair strand. An insufficient intake of water can cause brittle hair and thin hair strands. You should drink more water every day, but drinking water on an empty stomach can improve the quality of your hair to a greater extent.
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6. Alleviate Heartburn And Indigestion
Indigestion is caused by increased acidity in the stomach but when you drink water on an empty stomach, these acids are effectively neutralised and diluted, solving the problem. Also, this provides your digestive system with a head start because you’re not eating on an empty stomach.
7. Strengthened Immunity
Drinking water on an empty stomach helps to keep our lymphatic system moving along, which leads to increased levels of immunity. A strong immune system will keep you safe from various diseases and prevent you from falling sick as often.
8. Less Prone To Health Problems
Drinking water immediately after waking up is important for preventing kidney stones and bladder infections. In fact, drinking water on an empty stomach dilutes the acids which lead to stones in the kidney and the more water you drink, the more you will be protected from various kinds of bladder infections.
(Text by Karen Fitall, Good Health (Bauer) / Additional Reporting by Natalya Molok)