SOME OF US MEDITATE WHEN WE wake up in the morning. Others start their day with a sweat-breaking workout; still, some of us spend the first minutes of the morning with visualization and affirmations. Other people love to start their day with juicing while others love to set their goals before they do anything else. I know people who start their day hitting snooze over and over! What is your morning routine?
How you start your day is how you start your life
A good morning routine helps you stack the odds in your favor. A morning routine can set the productivity tone for the rest of your day. Many of us hate the mornings, but you know what, hating the start of your day is a self-defeating way to go through life.
Steve Key, a professor of Molecular and Biology at the University of California indicates that adults perform their cognitive work best in the late morning. Further, he says that standardizing the first 30 – 120 minutes of waking up with a routine enables you to arrive at that peak in the best possible mindset.
A morning routine brings some constant in your life; something that you have some control over. Our lives can sometimes feel like a raging river: you may be having projects that are not going according to the script, you could be moving cities, or changing jobs. A morning routine helps you create a rock, something to hold on, a sense of normalcy to root yourself.
Having a morning routine generates momentum for the rest of your day. Momentum is essential to the endowment effect. According to endowment effect, if you have already started the day by moving your life forward, you have established positive momentum. As a result, you are more likely to do positive things throughout the day.
The purpose of a morning routine is to get one small win; which will create momentum for the rest of the day.
Your morning can be that make or break time that sets you up for a good or bad day. This is where a morning routine comes in.
Drinking water upon waking up is an incredible routine. Water is the body’s gold standard fluid. Consider the following facts.
Science tells us that we have somewhere between 70 – 100 trillion cells in our bodies. A healthy cell is one in which nutrients can quickly get into the cell, and the toxins can efficiently get out. Water transports nutrients into the cell and helps toxins to get out of the cells efficiently. Healthy cells are equal to a healthy body.
As a nation, Japan boasts the overall greatest longevity; currently, the country hosts more than 50,000 centenarians. Besides, Japanese women are known for their slim, healthy and toned figures. Also, unlike many parts of the world, the Japanese do not suffer heavily from disorders such as obesity. It is therefore reasonable that we should borrow a few things from the Japanese lifestyles.
One of the common Japanese practice is taking water upon waking up. It is a form of water treatment therapy that is scientifically proven to benefit the body in many ways. This Japanese water therapy is the key losing weight and staying healthy.
Fact: the average adult body loses more than 80 ounces of water every day through breathing, sweating and eliminating waste.
Other benefits of drinking water first thing in the morning include:
Your brain cells need consistent fluid levels to function optimally. When you are dehydrated, your short-term memory will suffer. You will feel drained, experience fatigue, and have mood fluctuations and experience trouble focusing. If you are in the habit of being dehydrated, you might start to experience sleepless, anger, brain fog and even depression.
The brain is one of the essential organs, and it requires two times more energy than the other cells in the body. Water provides this energy more effectively than any other substance.
Water gives the brain the electrical energy for all brain functions including thought and memory processes. When your brain functions on a full reserve of water you will:
Research shows that if you have only 1 percent dehydration, you will have 5 percent decrease in cognitive function
Water delivers nutrients to the brain and eliminates toxins. When the brain is fully hydrated, the exchange of nutrients and toxins is more efficient, increasing mental alertness.
If your hydration in the brain drops by 2 percent, you may suffer from fuzzy short-term memory, have difficulty focusing and experience trouble with math computations.
Further studies show that prolonged dehydration causes brain cells to shrink in size and mass. This is especially common in the elderly, most of whom will have been chronically dehydrated for years.
Science shows that taking water first thing in the morning hhelpsreduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease
Bottom line, if you want your brain to function well receiving and sending signals to the rest of your body, ensure it receives the water it needs first thing in the morning.
Drinking water enables your metabolism to function optimally . The essential carbohydrates and proteins that you consume every day are metabolized and transported by way of water throughout the body. Having a sufficient amount of water in the body will not only fire up your metabolism but also help with regulating your weight. When you are not adequately hydrated, you are likely to mistake thirst with hunger, which leads you to eat more. An increased metabolic rate means an improved digestive system.
While you sleep, your body repairs itself, balances hormones and restores energy. In the process, toxins and other waste materials are released into the body, waiting to be flushed out. Drinking water after waking up flushes these toxins and detoxifies your body. Simply put, drinking water in the morning will help you fight sickness and stay healthy.
All diseases are nothing more than different expressions to toxicity
When you drink water in the morning on an empty stomach, you help to regulate your digestive tract. Purifying the colon improves the stomach’s ability to absorb nutrients properly. An optimally performing digestive system automatically takes care of a lot of other things. Remember, many of the body’s problems start in the gut.
Taking water after waking up is entirely refreshing. Water revitalizes you, fuels your brain, oxygenates and energizes you. Optimal health ultimately comes down to the quality of the environment within the body. And that environment is primarily composed of water.