Many Japanese women are known to drink water each day immediately after waking up, and researchers have begun to wonder if this habit is partially related to the country’s high amount of toned bodies and low rates of obesity.
Drinking water daily after waking is known to have many health benefits, and is known to prevent many different types of disorders as well, so maybe it’s time we learn a thing or two about ‘water treatment’ from our neighbors in Japan.
70% of the human body is made up of water, so it’s essential to hydrate as often as possible. When the body’s water requirement is not met, it can lead to many negative short-term and long-term consequences such as migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, obesity, and kidney stones.
Staying hydrated by drinking water helps to avoid these conditions, and you can stay healthy for years to come.
How To Start Using The ‘Water Treatment’
- Drink 2-4 160ml glasses of water as your first activity after waking up. In the beginning this may feel like a lot, so start small and work your way up. Eventually your body will be comfortable with drinking more and more water each morning.
- Don’t eat anything for the next 45 minutes.
- Make sure to drink water again within 30 minutes before eating breakfast, lunch and dinner.
These Are The Five Main Benefits From Drinking Water Each Morning On An Empty Stomach:
1. Improves Metabolism
Drinking water on an empty stomach increases your metabolism by as much as 30%. The increase in metabolism means calories are burned faster signaling weight loss, and also an improved digestive system.
2. Rids The Body Of Toxins
Water naturally brings about bowel movements, and after your body has spent a night resting and repairing itself it has also set aside toxins that are ready to be washed out. Drinking water flushes out these potentially harmful toxins and increases the production of new blood cells and muscle cells.
3. Promotes Healthy Weight Loss
Drinking water in the morning causes cravings for food to decrease, thus giving you a 2 for 1: increased metabolism and less food intake, both of which help tremendously for weight loss. If lowering your weight is a goal, then drinking water in the mornings needs to be on your to-do list.
4. Alleviates Heartburn and Indigestion
Indigestion occurs when the acidity levels in the stomach rise, and heartburn occurs when the acid refluxes into the oesophagus. By drinking water on an empty stomach, acid is both diluted and washed back down into the stomach. Water consumption also helps to prevent kidney stones and bladder infections.
5. Improved Skin Complexion And Shinier Hair
While dehydration causes wrinkles and deep pores, hydration increases blood flow in the skin and creates a healthier looking ‘glow’. The increased consumption of water also causes more toxins to be released, making skin appear more radiant over time. Drinking water also hydrates the hair, which itself is over 25% water.
If any of these benefits seem useful to you, then here’s a water ‘Cheers!’ to start your mornings.