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

| October 27, 2010 | 12 Comments

Drink Enough Water for Peak Energy and Health

Glass of water by Reiner Schubert
It’s important how we start our day.  The body has been 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:

  • 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.

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

  • Start with one cup of warm or hot water.
  • Gradually increase it to two cups.
  • Over time you can increase it to three cups.
  • Drink purified water as most tap water is full of chemicals.
  • 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. Tapp Water Filter for Africa The wonderful thing about this filter is that when I bought one, a family in a developing country got one too. Lemon Water - AKA Sugar Free Lemon-Aid is a good drink to add after your morning water.

About Diana Herrington

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.



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  1. rene pugh says:

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

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

  5. Freedom Run says:


    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 says:

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

  8. kakatei W peter says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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. 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 says:

    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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