HEALTH & WELLNESS
Does Drinking Water in the Morning Help?
This is another one you might have seen someone share or heard someone swear by; drinking water as part of your morning routine will help ensure you start your day right.
After all, even top business leaders like Arianna Huffington and Kat Cole do. Forbes even lists it as one of seven things wildly successful people do. Some take it a step further by infusing the water with lemon. With so many household names doing the same thing, there’s no way this doesn’t work, right? Let’s have a look.
It’s All About Rehydrating
We previously touched on several water myths that people tend to associate with water. Here’s one you can back up if people question you about it: Its important to rehydrate your body after you sleep.
Why? Think about it. Most people get between six to eight hours of sleep at night. That’s a long time to go without water. Although your body does a relatively good job at minimizing water loss during that time, your body’s cells, tissues and organs still need it to survive and function 3 . But that’s just the tip of the iceberg:
Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water properly. Your body also uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints
And once you’re rehydrated…
You Become More Alert
This is especially true for those of us who live in a hot climate like Malaysia. When your body lacks sufficient water, you may find it more difficult to pay attention, or even remember what you were supposed to do! Studies have shown that mild dehydration is enough to impact your brain’s cognitive functions such as concentration, alertness and short-term memory, from children all the way to adults
Mild dehydration produces alterations in a number of important aspects of cognitive function such as concentration, alertness and short-term memory in children (10-12 years), young adults (18-25 years) and in the oldest adults, 50 – 82 years.
You Get a Boost To Your Energy Levels
You know that feeling of lethargy you get sometimes first thing out of bed? The type you usually dispel with coffee? Water in the morning works just as well. The lack of water in our bodies contributes to decreased physical capabilities, easily reversed by a glass of water without the problems that caffeinated drinks pose to some people. Plus, its so much cheaper than getting a Starbucks every morning!
Does Adding Lemon to My Water Help?
Which brings us to the bigger part of the equation: Is lemon water better than ordinary water? There’s a story that’s passed around about how the ancient Romans used lemon as an antidote for poison. Today, lemon water is being hailed as a miracle drink, able to speed up your metabolism, help you lose weight, detox your body and even protect against cancer. The answer is less exciting than it sounds. While most of these claims have some basis when compared to studies of how lemons or citrus fruit interact with our bodies, they are mostly inconclusive, or a small factor in the larger scheme of things. For example, citrus flavonoids may help suppress appetite, but the evidence for this is limited. Detoxing as a concept is flawed, with no real evidence that detoxing even works.
While lemon water does offer some significant health benefits, there are also some pretty major myths about it that don’t hold up to scrutiny.
Finally, although compounds in lemons play a role in protecting against cancer, this has not yet been proven to work in humans. In summary:
That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a glass of lemon water in the morning if you enjoy it. After all, its one way to get your morning dose of water to help you get ready for the day. Just try to use a straw if you do or brush your teeth before you drink. The acidity in lemons can damage your tooth enamel, which is made worse after brushing!
Whether you enjoy your water with or without lemon, try making it part of your morning routine. You’ll find that it makes all the difference!