The benefits of water are well known, but experts say reaching for H2O before your morning cup of coffee could jumpstart your system just when you need it most.
After going several hours without a sip, a serving of water first thing can hydrate the body while aiding digestion and metabolism. Here's what experts advise.
The body's 'gold standard fluid'
Water does wonders for our wellness. Angela Lemond, national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, calls it "the gold standard fluid for the body."
“An adult body is around 55-60% water," she said, so "drinking water everyday is vital for the body to work correctly.”
Lemond has heard theories that drinking two glasses in the morning on an empty stomach can aid digestion and other functions. While no studies she's seen confirm this, it does make "some biochemical sense."
“Our bodies are pretty dry when we wake up in the morning," she said. "Drinking a couple glasses of water to allow the body to rehydrate allows for better digestion when you do eat. It also helps with moving the lower bowels for regularity in the mornings.
"If you are not properly hydrated, body processes do not work as efficiently.”