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You’re Dehydrating Yourself as You Sleep!

Last week I talked about tips to keep you hydrated throughout the day and to up your water intake (you can read the post here!), one of the tips I gave was to have a glass first thing in the morning. Since writing that post, I have read so many things that further to validate my thinking that I thought were interesting and wanted to share with you all!

Let’s say that you you sleep for approximately 8 hour each night. During those 8 hours, did you know that your body is becoming dehydrated!?

While you sleep, your body slowly becomes dehydrated because it needs fluid to operate. Naturally, you don’t drink water while you sleep because, well, you’re sleeping! So even if you wake up and don’t feel thirsty, your body needs this replenishment.

water 2The human body is made up of 70% water, and it only makes sense then that water plays an important role in the proper functioning of your body. When we say that drinking water as soon as you wake up gets your body going, it is literally true!

When you think about it, the human brain contains roughly 85% of water; 75% of muscles is water; bones also contain about 25% water and 82% of blood consists of water…so when you have a glass or two in the morning, you are re-hydrating your WHOLE body and kicking it into gear for the day! Who knew!?

It is well known that water helps your body flush out toxins. So naturally, getting fluids into your body right after your wake up will help your body flush out toxins first thing in the morning. The Japanese actually believe water can be used to treat various conditions completely.

Other benefits of drinking a glass or two of water each morning as soon as you wake up and before you eat breakfast include: healthier, clearer skin; boost your metabolism and help you lose weight; and start your body off on a healthy diet for the day.

So while it may not be something that you are currently doing, you can easily add this into your schedule. While some recommend as much as 5-6 glasses of water first thing in the morning, I say start slow and to your own liking. Have a glass when you wake up and build upon that every day!

Do you drink water as soon as you wake up? If so, do you notice any differences from the days where you may not drink water as soon as you wake up? I’d love to hear how it works for you, in the comments below!

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