Now. Let's be real, love... this was something I actually wasn't doing! YIKES!!! And it wasn't because I didn't have access to water. Dude. The water was right there on my nightstand - how freaking blessed am I, right? BUT this habit of drinking first thing in the morning wasn't happening. What would happen is a staggering-zombie walk down the hallway throughout the house to get to the bubbling coffee pot for some liquid caffeine.
I was drinking caffeine... and pouring coffee straight into my gut + bloodstream BEFORE I hydrated myself. It's not like I was consuming water during my sleep, so I was mostly likely a tad bit dehydrated in the morning. No wonder my gut was angry shortly afterwards... TMI.
Anywho. This brings me to the HEALTH HACK: Start your day with 8oz of Water
Here's the Health Hack low-down... drink 8 oz of water FIRST thing in the morning! I typically aim for 12 oz of lukewarm water sipping on it while doing my ever so attractive zombie walk throughout our house. The purpose of this... is well, um, hydration.
Studies have estimated 75% of Americans may suffer from chronic dehydration. And you may be thinking... I'm not dehydrated because you think of dehydration as vomiting, passing out, sticky mouth, crusty lips and death. However, dehydration is a spectrum and even mild dehydration can hinder our performance... by decreasing your memory capabilities + increase levels of anxiety as well as fatigue!
Think about it:
When you wake in the morning, your body is naturally dehydrated because you most likely do not drink in your sleep, right? Folks tend to wake up rushed... grabbing a cup of coffee or beverage (not water) and run out the door.
>>> BUT <<<
When you shift the focus on PROPER hydration first thing in the morning, you can feel your body wake up, your metabolism increase and your head clear!!!
If you have any tips to reaching for water first thing in the morning, send this way love by dropping in the comments, I'd love to hear them... YOUR tidbit may inspire + help someone else to take action!
If you have any tidbits or health hacks YOU love, then share below or shoot me an email -- I'd love to learn more. Because the more you know... the more you grow! Until then...
love + gumption.
The Brain + Gut Health Explorer