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What do you Drink or Eat First Thing in the Morning?

Drink Enough Water for Peak Energy and Health

It’s important how we start our day. During the night while you are sleeping, you become dehydrated. You not been drinking anything for hours and your body needs to be re-hydrated.  Also, your body has been working hard in repair mode and the digestive system hopefully has had a rest.  We have done a mini fast since our last evening meal. In the morning we are breaking-the-fast. I was at a health talk in 1997 when I learned what to do first thing in the morning. It is good for the body to drink a cup of warm or hot water first thing without anything in it. It is the best way to break-the-fast from the night and cleanse. Drink warm or hot water as it is gentler on the empty stomach. It is important that the water has nothing in it so that is passes through right away. If it contains anything at all, it will stay in your stomach up to one hour so that does not work well.

 Why and What happens when we drink water first in the morning:

  • The water cleanses, flushing out all in your digestive system and kidney and bladder.
  • Usually a bowel movement will follow soon after the second cup of water. Mine often is right after the first cup.

Over the years I gradually increased my one cup to two cups of hot or warm water. Five years ago when I was at a talk with with a woman from the Indian tradition of healing she asked who in the room drank hot water first thing in the morning? I was in a room full of health-conscious people and all of them put their hands up. Then she asked who drank two cups and I was the only one.  Now I drink 3 cups first thing most mornings.

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My suggestion is, if you do not do this already:

Drink purified water as most tap water is full of chemicals. Bottled water in plastic bottles is not a good alternative as it is full of the chemicals from the plastic.

I always drink water that is filtered with a good water filter. After much research I recently had installed an  APEC Water System and am very happy with it. The water tastes so clean and seems sweet. It is the best water filter I have used in my home. This is the filter I am happily using:

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  • Start with one cup of warm or hot water.
  • Gradually increase it to two cups.
  • Over time you can increase it to three cups.
  • If at any point you feel like you are gagging on the water or feeling nauseous; stop as there is no point forcing. What is happening is your body is cleansing; toxins are being released.

It is important that the water has nothing in it as I said above to help the body detox. Happy drinking to you!  What do YOU do?  Please leave your comments and results below so others can benefit. It is important to Drink Water at the correct times.

Drinking water at certain time maximizes it’s effectiveness on the body:

  • 2 – 3 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs.
  • 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion.
  • 1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure.
  • 1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack.

The above drinking times is according to a cardiac specialist.

Lemon Water – AKA Sugar Free Lemon-Aid is a good drink to add after your morning water.

By | 2017-10-29T15:42:14+00:00 October 27th, 2010|Health Tips, Nutrition|27 Comments

About the Author:

I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Have been teaching cooking classes worldwide since 1982. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.


  1. rene pugh December 25, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I switch up….I drink room temp water; warm water; room temp or warm water w/ fresh lemon juice;room temp ginger root water(usually prepared the night before w/ 8-10 fresh ginger slices and hot water);cool to cold cucumber infused water

  2. Diana Herrington December 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Rene,thank you for that. I actually used to do something similar and it is tasty and good for us too.

  3. Mohammed Abubakar December 30, 2012 at 1:20 am

    I start for taking in water in mourning for 4 years known,what i exprience is phonomenon it makes my stomach free n access of free release of waste

  4. Diana Herrington December 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    That is what happens Mohammed and happy to hear that you are doing that.

  5. Freedom Run February 1, 2013 at 11:53 am


    You could benefit even more, if you drink the water cooked. Cooked water are even more cleansing than ordinary water. But of course you need to let cool down before ingesting!

  6. John March 31, 2013 at 6:14 am

    My brother told me about drinking 3 cups of water before breakfast and i tried 2 and half

    and i felt fantastic . thanks for sharing your article it definitely works.

  7. Diana Herrington April 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    John, that is great! I am always happy to hear about people drinking water first thing.

  8. kakatei W peter May 8, 2013 at 12:32 am

    hi !,i so appreciate this information,it is really interesting to know this but my question is;will there be any side effect in taking cool water in the morning?because i take cool one every morning.

  9. RamBu September 3, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Before my liquid intakes 90% are in the form of coffee and cola. As far as i can remember i can only consumed 2 glasses of water a day,as a result, I suffered hypertension and had a very high cholesterol. Upon reading articles on the importance of water in the body..Its been a year now that I drink 3 glasses of water every morning when i wake up from bed..It so health beneficial..before my BP was 140 over 100..but now that i used to drink water 8 glasses a day..my BP lowers to 110 over 75.

  10. GB October 15, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I’ve switched from coffee w/cream to oolong and peppermint tea w/a tsp of raw honey first thing on waking. Is it necessary to use pure water only with NO herbal teas in order to stimulate metabolism at the start of the day?

  11. Diana Herrington October 17, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Gloria, first thing in the morning it is good to break the fast with water only. Read above about why.
    Afterwards then you can continue with herbal teas. Good for you switching from coffee!

  12. Tina November 24, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Hi there! I always drink warm lemon water or warm water with ginger+cinnamon+honey(approx 1Ltr). I thought it to be good since it kept me going till about 11am without feeling hungry at all.

    Will try the warm hot for a change.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Winnie Kyokunda Businge June 15, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Ooh…this is good information. Thank you Diana. I am going to start drinking warm water first thing in the morning. I’ve been drinking room temperature boiled water but not consistently.

  15. Scott August 2, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Hi Dianne,

    What ML size glass are you using for this?

    With thanks,


  16. Diana Herrington August 7, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Hi Scott, I am using an 8 once glass which is about 30 ML.

  17. Helene September 28, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Hi, I was told that first thing in the morning should be warm water with lemon. When should I do that if not first thing. Thanks for your help.

  18. Mishannie October 9, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    I literally just made a post on this and was trying to see if it would come up in google and came across your page. I usually have green juicy drinks as my healthy start from Monday to Friday and then lime or apple cider vinegar and water for the weekend.Geat post eventhough I tried this and didn’t quite like it. But I have heard so many good testimonials of those who have tried this.

  19. Maury November 26, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Hi Diana,

    Thank you for a great inspiration, you must be a strong willed person to resist the so many of modern life temptations.
    I was doing your tip of drinking warm water but I would quickly follow it with an even warmer coffee mug. At the end the coffee addiction won and my health has been deteriorating steadily , I even feel some breathlessness sometimes.

    You had mentioned tap water is full of chemicals and no good. Do you have any suggestions to what better bottled water brands ?

    Also, if you can help(write ) about ways to break free from the coffee Satan, that would be much appreciated.


  20. LINDA December 28, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Hi Diana, wow! This is great info….I started drinking lemon water, sometimes wiry some added ginger or lemon basil or lemon grass first thing on mornings. I keep some in the fridge and drink it whenever I’m thirsty and it has made so much difference and I have even lost weight.
    I will try the 2-3 glasses of plain water on mornings and see how it goes….how do I access your ebooks?
    Thanks for the info, blessings

  21. Anne January 29, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Hi I take one warm plain glass of water and the second one i take with lemon. I do some exercise at home before breakfast.
    I boil drinking water which i carry as go to my daily routine work. In a day at list i take six to eight glasses of plain water.
    No more headaches and no constipation.

    Am 94kgs and am 5ft 3inches, 57 years, though am very active i would like to reduce my weight especially my stomach (belly).
    Kindly advise me on what to eat and which exercise i should do.

  22. Anne January 29, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Hi I take one warm plain glass of water and the second one i take with lemon. I do some exercise at home before breakfast.
    I boil drinking water which i carry as i go to my daily routine work. In a day at list i take six to eight glasses of plain water.
    No more headaches and no constipation.

    Am 94kgs and am 5ft 3inches, 57 years, though am very active i would like to reduce my weight especially my stomach (belly).
    Kindly advise me on what to eat and which exercise i should do.

  23. Hitesh March 6, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    After a couple of glass of water. Shall I take aloe vera juice or Limewater with honey?

  24. Jay C October 14, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Comment…I have a question. I take upto 1.8 litres of warm (bordering on hot) water in the morning on an empty stomach. Is this too much? If so what are the dangers?

  25. Philip Hunt December 17, 2017 at 2:40 am


    I like drinking hot water during the day; just like a hot drink so I substitute it for coffee; but I still enjoy a latte or two at a restaurant every day.
    Will try hot water first thing and before bed. I am 70.

    Thanks Phil

  26. Saraswati January 17, 2018 at 3:42 am

    Hi Diana
    Can i drink coconut water aftr i take warm water..What shud b the gap time between tge two……


  27. Patricia Quinlan February 21, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Can you have coffee after drinking your warm water? If not what should you eat before coffee, something small?

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