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Drink this first thing every morning

Nope, it's not coffee. Water. Water does wonders for our health and wellness. An adult body is around 55-60% water, so drinking water daily is vital for the body to work correctly. If you're not properly hydrated, body processes do not work as efficiently. When we first wake up, our bodies are pretty dry, so drinking 12 to 18 ounces of water first thing will rehydrate and allow for better digestion when you eat.

Drink this first thing every morning.jpgDrinking water first thing in the morning can help you lose weight.

Drinking water doesn't cause a significant calorie burn, but it does ensure that your metabolism is functioning optimally. For losing weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume. A person with a faster and higher metabolism uses more calories to perform all of its required functions than a person with a lower metabolism. Also, since your body can mistake thirst for hunger when you're dehydrated, it can keep you from overeating.

Add some lemon for additional health benefits

Lemon is loaded with the goodness of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a crucial antioxidant that helps boost skin health, immunity and protects your DNA from free radical damage, which may help slow down aging and prevent you from various heart diseases and even cancer. Drinking lemon water right in the morning can give your body a perfect antioxidant boost.

Meal-time

Ideally, you don't want to drink anything during meals, including water. This is more to avoid digestive issues such as gas and bloating more than anything. Drinking enough water before and after meals can help ensure optimal digestion, granting the body enough fluid to produce the necessary gastric juices to properly break down food.

If you're adding lemon, you're getting even more meal-time benefits. The acidic composition of lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials and toxins from your body. Lemon water also encourages the liver to produce more bile which further helps in digestion and detoxification. In addition to this, lemon water cures heartburn, belching and bloating as well.

Bonus: Water can help your complexion!

Your skin will definitely show signs of dehydration. If you’re not drinking enough water, it can become itchy, irritated, a more uneven texture, and more instances of fine lines. Your skin barrier can become weakened as well.

So, before reaching for that morning cuppa joe, make sure you're getting your 12 to 18 ounces of water and get ready to start feeling energized!