What’s the best thing to drink each morning after a night of sleeping and fasting? No trick here: it is best to drink water first thing in the morning. Learn how water assists your body to break-the-fast.
The best way to break-the-fast from the night before is to drink a cup of warm or hot water first thing without anything in it. Drink warm or hot water as it is gentler on the empty stomach.
It’s important how we start our day.
During the night while you are sleeping, you become dehydrated. You have 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 important that the water has nothing in it so that it passes through right away. If it contains anything at all, it will stay in your stomach for 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 kidneys 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 to break-the-fast.
Years ago when I was at a talk 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.
Getting Started Drinking Water to Break-the-fast
- Start with one cup of warm or hot water in the morning.
- 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 in 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.
Drink Enough Water for Peak Energy and Health
My suggestion is, if you do not do this already, drink only purified water as most tap water is full of chemicals which is not good for the body.
Federal scientists analyzed the water in 25 U.S. water facilities. In nine of the facilities, they found traces of 21 chemicals in the water. Of those 21 there were 18 unregulated chemicals which included solvents, herbicides, caffeine, metal, and antidepressants in the water according to Scientific American.
Bottled water in plastic bottles is not a good alternative as it is full of the chemicals from the plastic. Plastics – Havoc with Your Hormones
You do not want to break-the-fast with chemical-filled water.
I always drink water that is filtered all day and first thing in the morning from a good water filter and I have done so for decades.
After much research, I installed an APEC Water System and I 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:
APEC Water Systems Top Tier-Built in USA-Ultra Safe, Premium 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System
One of the problems with reverse osmosis is that it removes the minerals. To solve that what you need is to add a filter to remineralize the water. Here is the one I found.
iSpring FA15 10-inch Inline 3-Layer Alkaline Replacement Water Filter Cartridge with Mineral Balls, Calcite and Corosex
• Includes Mineral Stone and Calcite
• Improves the taste of RO water by adding minerals
• Raises pH by 0.5-0.8
• Can be added to any under-sink water filter or RO system
• Updated FA15 Alkaline Mineral Filters are built with a secure push-fit quick connection. It allows faster filter replacement. If you have trouble installing the filters, please refer to the user manual or contact the manufacturer.
It is important to Drink Water at the correct time.
Best Times of Day For Drinking Water
Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:
- 2 – 3 glasses of water after waking up in the morning – 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 are according to a cardiac specialist.
Proper timing, temperature, and quality of water can help to improve digestion, reduce constipation, balance the body, and many other ways. Read more here: Tips For Drinking Water For Maximum Health Benefits.
Do I Really Need 8 Glasses of Water a Day? We are in fact 75 percent water and all that, but how much water we need to actually drink to stay hydrated is another story.
Cleansing Beverage Recipes After Your Water in the Morning
Lemon Water – AKA Sugar-Free Lemon-Aid Drinking lemon water is great for the whole body. Did you know that the most alkaline-forming food you can eat is a lemon? Here is a simple way to get some quick alkalizing going into your body with this refreshing drink. It is best to drink it after you have had your 2 – 3 cups of water in the morning.
Watermelon Juice Is Delicious On a Hot – Watermelon juice is so delicious on a hot summer day. This is a very simple juice to make. It is much healthier for you than a soft drink. If you need to alkalize quickly then here is a recipe using the second most alkaline-forming food. This is one very easy and refreshing juice made with watermelon.
Fresh Mint Tea is Refreshing and Energizing -This fresh mint tea is a traditional tea in many desert countries like Morocco, Turkey, and Egypt. They drink this because it is so cooling. Mint is not only cooling, but also energizing, refreshing, and good for digestion.
Sparkling Cucumber Lemon Water Is So Good -Sparkling lemon water is good for any time as it is alkalizing and healthy. Also, it is a wonderful, refreshing summer drink for hot days. What I really like about the drink is how very easy it is to make.
Savoury Sage Tea for Your Memory Is Easy To Make – Savory sage tea for your memory is simple to make, all you need is fresh or dried sage leaves, water, and honey or stevia if you want to sweeten the strong flavour.
Cucumber Mint Mango Drink is Refreshing and Hydrating -This cucumber mango drink is so hydrating for hot summer days. Of course, it is super tasty and healthy too. It uses an unripe mango.