Here's Why You Should Drink Water Before Breakfast Every Day

You may recall from your high school biology course that up to 60 percent of the adult human body is comprised of water. So, it should come as no surprise that consuming water is vital to keep our bodies healthy. The average adult man needs 3 liters of water a day, while women require 2.2 liters. This doesn't mean you need to chug liters of water throughout the day. We also are getting it in our food, but water is a critical element required to keep our bodies running properly (via USGS).

It's also why you might want to consider reaching for a glass of water before you turn to your Nespresso machine for your morning caffeine fix, or warm-up your Eggo waffles. Even the likes of NFL Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady, and former United States President Barack Obama start their day with a glass of water before they make their way to the breakfast nook, and you should too (via Cheat Sheet and The Daily Meal). 

We know, the thought of plain water over your favorite dark roast isn't the motivation you are looking for when you roll out of bed, but remember, when you wake-up after 7 or 8 hours of sleep, you're dehydrated. You haven't had anything to drink for approximately one-third of a 24-hour period. Whether you realize it or not, your body not only wants to be replenished, it needs to be for your digestive system to work efficiently (via The Daily Meal).

A morning glass of H2O on an empty stomach can help you eat right

Drinking a glass of water when you wake up not only rehydrates you, it helps food move through our digestive system. If you drink your glass of water first thing before you eat, this hydration will provide the needed fuel to move waste through your system and assist in breaking down your first meal of the day more readily. However, it is important to note that drinking a glass of water before your meal will not boost your metabolism. Sarah Greenfield, RD, CSSD, the director of nutrition at HUM told Popsugar, "It may help you cut out some additional calories throughout your day, but it will not help you burn more calories." 

But drinking water first thing in the morning does help quell those phantom hunger pains that can cause us to eat more than we need to, or curb that hankering to make a quick drive-thru run for a breakfast sandwich. According to WebMD, drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before a meal can actually help you lose weight. Studies have shown that if you drink two cups of water before eating a meal, you can reduce your calorie intake by 75 to 90 calories (via WebMD). To us, that seems like enough motivation to make a glass of H2O before breakfast part of your morning routine.