Everyone’s set of morning rituals is different, but no matter what your schedule entails, there’s one thing every person should do: drink water.
“Time spent asleep could contribute to slight dehydration,” Suzanne Fisher, dietitian and founder of Fisher Nutrition Systems says. “It may be of benefit to drink 1 to 2 glasses of water upon awakening to rehydrate.”
Amongst other things, your digestion can suffer as a result of dehydration. So, drinking water before you eat improves your gut health, providing your stomach and intestines the water they need to properly digest. Water is one of your body’s tools to move food through the digestive tract. Drinking water before breakfast helps you more easily digest breakfast with ease.
“Adequate water intake is essential for proper bowel function,” Fisher says.
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Fisher also says that staying hydrated helps you read hunger and fullness cues.
“Studies have shown that drinking water before a meal can reduce excess dietary intake,” Fisher explains. “Thirst can actually mimic hunger.”
So, be sure you’re having at least a glass of water before breakfast or heading out to work so you can confer all the benefits hydration has to offer. Eating while dehydrated could be one of the worst breakfast mistakes you’re probably making.
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