My daily routine is a religion, after brushing my teeth, I prepare warm water with lemon and ginger every morning. It’s my little cleansing ritual that I have spent years practising.
One of the biggest benefits of drinking water on an empty stomach, especially in the mornings, is its detoxification properties.
Drinking water on an empty stomach is one of the best ways to rehydrate and cleanse your body.
After hours of fasting during sleep, water is a flushing mechanism, that helps to get rid of the body of toxins and other unwanted waste products, and very important for good bowel health as well as reducing the chances of constipation.
Studies have shown that adequate hydration stimulates kidney function, facilitating the removal of waste products and balancing electrolytes.
Drinking water is the key to having healthy Kidneys
This morning ritual not only aids the kidneys but supports the liver in its detoxification processes.
The liver uses water to produce bile, which helps to break down fats and remove waste. With adequate water intake first thing in the morning, you’re giving your body a head starts in its daily detoxification processes.
Boosting Metabolism and Supporting Weight Loss
Drinking plenty of water is also an important factor in weight loss, particularly in the morning.
Research published by the national medical journal suggests that drinking water can temporarily boost the metabolic rate by 24–30%.
When you consume water, your body will burn calories to heat the water to body temperature, leading to increased metabolism.
This accelerated metabolic rate can remain elevated for at least an hour, meaning you’re already burning more calories simply by drinking water.
Furthermore, if you are fully hydrated then you are more likely to feel full and therefore reduce your caloric intake, moreover, sometimes we reach for food when in fact we are thirsty, so perhaps we should firstly drink more water before we reach for a snack.
Discover why being well-hydrated can lead to feeling more satiated, potentially reducing calorie consumption.
Energizing the start to your day
Creating this morning habit will not only enable detoxification and increase your metabolism but also strengthens the body’s natural defence mechanisms. Hydration is crucial for maintaining the balance of bodily fluids, that play a vital role in our immune system. These fluids include blood and lymph, which carry immune cells throughout the body to fend off pathogens. Additionally, when we are adequate hydrated this will also enhance our skin health. Skin, the body’s largest organ, contains about 30% water, contributing to its elasticity and plumpness. So drinking water in the morning will ensure optimal skin hydration, giving it a healthy and radiant glow.
Setting the Tone for a Health-Conscious Day
Drinking water on an empty stomach can be a cornerstone habit that triggers other positive habits throughout the day.
Starting your morning by prioritizing health sends a powerful psychological message of self-care and can prompt better daily choices.
When people commit to this morning ritual, they often find it easier to maintain other health-oriented behaviours, like eating a balanced breakfast or sticking to a workout routine. Embark on a Flavourful Journey with Our Nutritious & Delicious Cookery Class – Your Pathway to a Healthier You.
Water can be a transformative power.
From detoxifying vital organs to bolstering immune function and potentially aiding in weight loss, it’s a ritual with profound benefits.
I hope I can inspire you to have a go at this, if you find the ginger a little to strong then just stick to water with lemon. For me, the addition of ginger is a great anti-bacterial agent to add to the cleansing process, as well as another digestive stimulant which is just another bonus for good bacteria in the gut.
Do what works for you, even if you only started with warm water – you’ve already started a great morning ritual.
As always let me know how you get on and reach out to my if you have any questions relating to this or another other issues on nutritional eating.
Kumud Gandhi is a Nutritional Food Scientist bestselling Author, Broadcaster, and Keynote Speaker on the subject of nutritional health for productivity & performance in the workplace. In 2010 Kumud founded ‘The Cooking Academy’ a cookery school that focusses on cooking for nutritional health and wellbeing. Kumud regularly presents to international audiences on a variety of topics such as ‘Eating for Immunity and a Lifetime of Wellness’. She is an expert in the field of Wellness in the Workplace and works with organizations to create transformational change in employee health & well-being through nutrition and health coaching.