December 03 2019 ■ Science
The Most Important Morning Ritual You’re Not Doing
What’s the first thing you should do as soon as you wake up?
And no, unfortunately, it’s not checking all the notifications you’ve received throughout the night on Instagram or Facebook. Neither is it scrolling through hundreds of emails half asleep, half replying to them.
The absolute best thing you can do when you wake up is to drink a 500 mL bottle of water.
Drinking water first thing in the morning provides a ton of health benefits for your body. Check out 5 reasons below and include this in your morning routine.
1. Water increases brain power
Your brain is 73% water. If you’re not hydrated properly, you’re brain will operate on less fuel causing you to feel lethargic, tired, drained and you can even experience an imbalance in your mood. Not only that, but dehydration can lead to memory loss and fatigue. Drinking water first thing will rehydrate your brain fast and will maximise your brain power leaving you feeling productive for the busy work day ahead.
2. Water boosts your immunity
Aside from the brain, other important organs are working hard to repair your body while you’re sleeping. By drinking water first thing, your body casts out all of those harmful toxins leaving you with a fresh and healthy body. It also helps protect your body against kidney stones and bladder infections.
3. Water speeds up your metabolism
Studies have shown that water intake speeds up your metabolism by 24%. If you’ve been on a diet for a while and not noticing any changes, start drinking water first thing in the morning. It improves your digestive system and you will notice that your cravings will soon disappear.
Ever had a 3pm craving and before you know it, you’re reaching for the chocolate? The chances are you’re actually dehydrated and your brain mistakenly thinks you’re hungry - leaving your tummy grumbling for a sweet fix. A good tip is to drink 2 bottles of water and wait 15 minutes to settle. You won’t feel like eating those unhealthy snacks!
4. Drinking water promotes healthy hair
Water truly nourishes your body from the inside out. Did you know water makes up one-quarter of your hair? Dehydration can cause brittle hair leaving you with those nasty split ends. Regular intake of water replenishes your hair follicles and can significantly improve the quality of your hair.
5. Drinking water makes your skin glow
Not drinking enough water can lead to premature wrinkles and deep pores. But there’s no need to buy that expensive eye-cream, just grab yourself a bottle of water. Water intake increases blood flow around your body meaning your skin will start glowing and will look radiant.
Drinking water first thing is a simple yet positive life-hack that you can start implementing tomorrow. Another good tip is to place a bottle of water on your bedside table before you go to sleep so it’s there waiting for you in the morning. I prefer drinking Just Water with a touch of lemon. With the added antioxidants from the lemon, your body absorbs the nutrients and rehydrates you faster.