“What is the real benefit of a glass of water on an empty stomach?”

“In traditional and alternative medicine, it is often advised to drink plain, clean water on an empty stomach. What benefits will it bring? Are there any precautions to keep in mind?”

Reader marieclaire.ru , 39

Specialist’s response: 

A glass of water after waking up will not harm anyone. Almost everyone can be safely advised to start the morning with thirst quenching.

Even if it seems that you don’t want to drink, it’s worth a try. People very often form wrong habits, confuse thirst with hunger, drink exclusively tea, coffee and other beverages that do not saturate tissues with moisture, but, on the contrary, remove fluid from the body. As a result, a person suffers from chronic dehydration without knowing it.

The only point to be warned about: the water should not be too cold or too hot, so as not to harm the tooth enamel, not to cause a cold and not expose the body to stress.

It is possible to list the benefits of the habit of drinking clean water in the morning endlessly, but five basic points are worth special attention.

Water helps people to be more active. Contrary to popular belief, to wake up and get a boost of energy, it is better to drink a glass of water than a cup of coffee. The reason is the high content of oxygen, which saturates the blood and gives energy.

Drinking water on an empty stomach helps the proper functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. It triggers digestion, regulates intestinal motility, prevents gastritis, constipation and other disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.

H2O is involved in almost all biochemical reactions of the body. With a shortage of water, many processes proceed incorrectly, which, among other things, is associated with the formation of kidney stones and intestinal pathology. For example, if a person consumes a lot of fiber, but drinks little liquid, healthy dietary fiber is simply not digested. The habit of starting the morning with a glass of water saves from serious diseases of the internal organs.

When there is a lack of water, the lymphatic drainage system does not function properly, which manifests itself in fluid retention, edema, dry skin and mucous membranes, and the formation of cellulite. Drinking a portion of pure water on an empty stomach, you can keep a good figure, youth, beauty and health much longer.

We must not forget that during sleep the body is actively working. In particular, regeneration processes occur, which require a lot of resources. Restoring them upon awakening, a person ensures the same effective actions of the body in the future.

The best option for using water is room temperature, if possible a little warmer. The norm ranges from 20-30 to 40 degrees Celsius.

A portion of just such water before breakfast has the effect of a light detox, stimulates the outflow of bile and generally lays the foundation for health.

Of course, it is not necessary to drink more than a glass at a time, so as not to stretch the stomach, not to kill the appetite and not overload the kidneys.

However, it should be noted that during the day it is also desirable to quench your thirst with clean water. Other drinks, especially those containing sugar, will not be as harmless and will not provide the body with the necessary amount of liquid.

The habit of starting the day with plain water is useful to everyone. Many ailments will gradually disappear, the appearance will improve, and most importantly — in such an easy way it will be possible to avoid a huge number of health problems in the future.

About the expert:

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Iolanthe Langauer

Mentor of nutritionists, preventive nutritionist, specialist in non-drug recovery, aromatologist.


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