Some rely on coffee to jumpstart their day, but experts say drinking water before that morning cup of joe could give the body the energy it needs to get going.
While we’re sleeping, our bodies aren’t getting any water which means we wake up somewhat depleted. Reaching for a glass of water first rehydrates the body and could aid in digestion and metabolism.
“An adult body is around 55-60% water, drinking water every day is vital for the body to work correctly,” said Angela Lemond, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
According to Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics registered dietitian, Alissa Rumsey, drinking water doesn’t cause a significant calorie burn, but it does ensure optimal function of your metabolism.
“After being asleep all night, we wake up every day slightly dehydrated. Starting the day with two glasses of water upon waking is a great way to begin the day hydrated.” Rumsey said.
Experts say most people need somewhere between 60-100 ounces of water per day and more if you are physically active. Recommended water intake differs depending on energy level, sweat rate and medical history.
Lemond claims that it is not ideal to drink anything during meals, even water.
“For digestive health, we do say that drinking nothing during a meal is best, followed by the second best thing, drinking room temperature water,” she said.
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Chamberlain Smith is a freelance writer based in Athens, Georgia.