Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tip Tuesday: Water Before Coffee

Here is another tip to help you get going in the morning. Instead of firstly reaching for a cup of coffee-reach for a cup of water. 

I first got on to this concept from an international school student at Jackson High School. When I was working as a building substitute at Jackson High, one of the many tasks I did was administer an ESL exam.  I got to have conversations with all the students, who's first language was not English, to test where they were at. One of the questions asked had the students talking about ways they stayed healthy. One of this student's suggestions was to drink a full glass of water in the morning to "clean yourself out." I guess I hadn't really thought of it before. 

But think about it...fatigue has a lot to do with dehydration.  Once you rehydrate yourself you may start to feel more energy. I recently came across another point that drove this concept home for me. When you wake up in the morning you have just gone 8-9 hours (depending on how many you sleep) without water. Would you normally go throughout your day not drinking any water for 8-9 hours at a time. I hope not. 

So my challenge to you is this: Try for one week drinking one full glass of water as soon as you wake up. See how you feel. Do you have more energy in the morning? What about throughout the rest of your day. I'm not saying you can't have your coffee too, but try hydrating yourself first.  I'd love to read comments from you on how it goes.