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It’s the small things: Starting the day with a glass of water

Water is essential, but many of us don't drink enough of it. Kickstart a new healthy habit today by drinking a pint of cool water as soon as you get out of bed.

The science

During the night, you're essentially going about eight hours without water. Meanwhile you're still producing moisture through sweat and saliva, so even if you don't feel it when you wake up, your body is quite dehydrated. A glass of water should be one of your first aims when you get out of bed. It's also been suggested that drinking a glass of water in the morning acts as a "kick-start" to the body's system by getting it well-hydrated quickly - in particular, it's said to help balance the lymphatic system, which is responsible for your immune system.

How to make it a routine

Easy - just pour yourself a glass of water before you head out the door! If you don't like tap water, invest in a filter to keep in the fridge, so you can leave it filtering when you go to bed and wake up to fresh, cool, clean water. You could also add a slice of lemon or lime to make it more appealing if you're not a water fan.

Outcome

German scientists recently found that a glass of water boosts your metabolism by 24 per cent for about 90 minutes. Another study has shown that increased water intake results in faster growth of muscle cells - all of which contribute to a more efficient body and sustainable weight loss.

Sources:

http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/benefits-morning-water-therapy/

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/Benefits-of-drinking-water-early-morning/articleshow/32657591.cms

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/water-drinks.aspx

http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/ab_strategies/Wake_Up_to_Water.php

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