Drinking a glass of water when you wake up in the morning is not just a social media trend. Water is necessary for your survival, and becoming the hydration champ is a way to inspire others to drink more. Your morning water game can positively influence metabolism, detoxification, and hydration efforts. When you start your day by sipping a tall glass of water, not only do you begin the rehydration process, but you also help clear out metabolic waste.
A glass of water in the morning is essential to bring you back to life. If you recently jumped on the warm lemon water train, you’re doing an excellent service to your body, but that can bore your palate after a while. There’s nothing wrong with drinking lemon water, though. In fact, many dermatologists agree that drinking lemon water can help the body manage inflammation. When you drink lemon water on an empty stomach, it helps to balance the body by inducing a more alkaline state. An alkaline body is anti-inflammatory to the skin and rest of the body. Additionally, the vitamin C inside lemon water works to slow the signs of aging by stimulating collagen production. Collagen naturally declines with age, so starting your day with lemon water may encourage healthier skin.
When you prioritize hydration in the morning, your entire body will benefit. That doesn’t mean that your water has to be boring, though. Make your morning water interesting and nutrient-dense by making some of the supercharged waters below.
Grapefruit Rosemary Water
If you have grown tired of lemon water and need to spruce up your H20, this is going to excite your taste buds. Grapefruit rosemary water is refreshing, herbaceous, and packed with tons of vitamin C. As mentioned earlier, vitamin C helps to regulate collagen synthesis, but it also helps to neutralize free radicals. An overabundance of free radicals in the body can contribute to oxidative stress, which accelerates signs of aging.
- 1/2 unpeeled grapefruit, sliced
- 2-4 sprigs rosemary, rinsed
- 3 cups of ice, or more
- Enough purified water to fill a 1/2 gallon pitcher
- Place the grapefruit slices and rosemary sprigs in a pitcher. Pour in the ice and add more if you like.
- Pour enough water to fill the pitcher, stir, and refrigerate for about two hours so the flavors and nutrients can infuse into. Enjoy when ready.
Honey Lemon Water
Adding raw organic honey to lemon water is a great way to mellow the intense tartness of the lemon. In a 16-ounce glass, mix three teaspoons of honey with the juice of one lemon. Honey exhibits antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-aging properties, which contribute to healthier skin. You may find that drinking this water every morning helps rejuvenate the skin and improve overall complexion.
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 3 teaspoons raw organic honey
- 16 ounces purified water
- Add the lemon juice and honey to a large glass and stir well with a mixing spoon.
- Pour in the water and continue mixing to thoroughly mix. Enjoy.
Watermelon Basil Water
Not only does this duo pack a flavorful punch, but it also supercharges your hydration efforts. Watermelon is about 92% water, making it great for enhancing hydration and combating water retention. It is also rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may help reduce inflammation. Basil also exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, but it also benefits the skin by regulating oil production.
- 2 cups watermelon, cubed
- Handful of basil
- 1 liter purified water
- Add the watermelon and basil to a large glass pitcher that can hold a liter of water.
- Pour in the water and mix well. Place in the refrigerator for a couple hours to allow the flavors time to infuse into the water.
- Enjoy fresh out of the fridge or pour over ice.