Do you grab a cup of coffee first thing in the morning? Lots of us do, but health experts say it’s not the best choice and that we should be downing a glass of water first. When we go all night without a sip, having water first thing hydrates the body and helps with digestion and metabolism.
Angela Lemond, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, points out that “our bodies are pretty dry when we wake up in the morning.” And Dr. Maria Peña says water is an effective way to hydrate, plus drinking it first thing in the morning helps build a healthy habit, so we’re more likely to get enough water for the entire day.
“By hydrating more, you’re getting rid of bad bacteria in your system, and it allows good bacteria in your gut to grow,” Dr. Peña explains. Drinking water helps us go to the bathroom, which is the body’s natural way of getting rid of waste. “It’s a way of cleaning out toxins in the system,” she adds.