First of all, I want to start by saying that I am in no shape or form a morning person. However, I must wake up early in the morning. Even though I know it’s not healthy, I usually snooze in bed until the very last moment, get dressed, grab a bagel on my way to work, and drink a cup of green tea when I get there. Or an hour or so after I get there. It depends on the day.
Usually, I drink my first glass of water around noon. Sometimes even later than that. When I work, I get invested in what I do so it’s not uncommon for me to forget to drink water for hours on end. During an average day, I drink about one cup of tea and two glasses of water during work hours. And usually, I remember to drink water when I start feeling parched, which is not exactly healthy.
How much water I drink now
There are days when I drink 3 glasses of water, there are days when I drink 5 glasses of water. However, the latter is quite scarce. I think that, on average, I drink about 34 oz (1 liter) of water per day, which is less than half the recommended amount.Learn More about the Signs that You’re Not Drinking Enough Water!
Of course, there’s my morning cup of green tea and my occasional cup of black tea, but those don’t add up to the desired total.
How much water I want to drink
I want to drink the recommended 68oz (2 liters) per day, maybe even 85oz (2.5 liters) when I don’t eat fruits and after I quit my soda habits.
How I plan to increase my daily water intake: 2 Glasses of Water Each Morning
After researching for the best methods to drink more water, Corina and I decided to put some of those methods to the test. We both wanted to increase our daily water intake so why not experiment a little?
Since I’m a diehard multitasker, I could not conduct just one experiment at a time, so, after doing my homework, I decided upon the following three:
- Drink 16oz ( 500 ml) of water on an empty stomach.
- Install an app that reminds you to drink more water.
- Replace soda with carbonated water.
I chose those three in particular because they worked together perfectly, it felt like a natural state of experiment symbiosis:
- The first two glasses of water would help me boost my water intake during the first minutes of a fresh new day,
- The app would help keep track of all that water and remind me to drink more while at work,
- The carbonated water would help keep me hydrated and (finally!!!) give up on soda.
On paper, it all sounded awesome, but I never expected the hardships I encountered. Ok, I may have exaggerated a bit for dramatic effect, but in all fairness, it was more difficult than I first imagined.
Here’s the gist of it.
The Premise of Drinking Two Glasses of Water Each Morning
An old Japanese ritual, it is said that drinking approximately 16oz (500 ml) of water on an empty stomach can help improve your overall health. The many benefits of adopting this morning habit include improved metabolism, a stronger immune system, a healthier stomach, a more regular bowel movement, and better skin.
It sounds a little too good to be true for such a simple thing to do. Then again, almost everybody is aware of the health benefits of drinking water, and yet during summer, 75% of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration.
Day 1 of Drinking Two Glasses of Water in the Morning
As usual, I woke up later than I planned, so I was in a bit of a hurry. I jumped out of bed, went straight to the kitchen, looked for the glass that I prepped the night before (when I say that I’m in a hurry in the morning, I mean it) and poured some water in it. It’s an 8oz (250 ml) glass, so I had to fill it twice.
I drank the first glass in a single gulp because I felt parched. The second one, though, didn’t quite go down as smoothly.
So I took a breather and went into the living room. Gripping my glass tightly, I was already thinking about what to wear, calculating how much time I have left to brush my teeth and rush out the door when, while trying to finish my morning water ratio. However, I stopped for a second. It may sound like a cliché, but for the first time in a long time, I looked out the window, and I took in the view. That’s the first benefit of drinking water on an empty stomach: the serenity of it all.
Day 2 of Drinking Two Glasses of Water in the Morning
Nothing changed after the first day, except for the fact that I drank my morning glasses of water in front of the window, again.
I felt like those two minutes of serenity helped me start the day in a better mood, both physically and mentally. However, it could have also been the fact that it was a Saturday and I woke up after the sun was already high.
Day 3 of Drinking Two Glasses of Water in the Morning
This is when I started feeling a change. I woke up and I instantly reached for the water, didn’t even struggle with the second glass. I did feel like I had more energy during the day, but I waited for trial by Monday to see if it was indeed the water or the weekend vibe.
Day 4 of Drinking Two Glasses of Water in the Morning
Ah, Monday, my old nemesis. When the alarm went off, I still struggled to wake up – I firmly believe that no amount of water will ever help me wake up in the morning on my own accord. However, something was amiss. I again felt parched and went straight for the kitchen to get my morning dose of water.
Fast forward a couple of hours and I was still in a good mood, had a lot of energy, and I was just completing my tasks, feeling like I finally managed to include water in my daily routine.
Nevertheless, I must also note a major inconvenience. While I don’t want to blame my inherent tardiness on my new healthy morning routine, I did find that I need an extra 3 to 5 minutes to get ready to leave because water going in must also come out.
So if any of you want to start this experiment, do keep in mind that it will take up about 10 minutes from your morning routine.
Day 5 of Drinking Two Glasses of Water in the Morning
I can safely say I’m going to drink my two glasses of water on an empty stomach for the rest of my life.
My body was already craving it.
- It’s also the day I started to discover what a regular bowel movement feels like as constipation was (please do notice the past tense) one of my biggest struggles.
- I also felt the need to drink a glass of water as soon as I got to work. Then another one after about an hour. Naturally, I had to get up and use the toilet more frequently, but I think that’s just a bonus to all this.
- After all, studies do claim that sitting for long periods can endanger our health.
However, I still couldn’t get accustomed to drinking carbonated water instead of soda.
I never imagined how much I could crave Coke. I know it’s bad for me, I know I’m better off not drinking it, but man, fries without Coke is like … well… fries without Coke. Nevertheless, the experiment must go on and I try to console my taste buds with fizzy water. It’s the same… but different.
Days 6 to 9
Nothing new happened as I immersed myself in the regularity of drinking 16oz of water as soon as I woke up. The energy spikes transformed into a constant, my skin started to feel softer, and my metabolism seemed to get a kick out of my now stable morning routine.
- The downside was that I was still craving Coke. Fizzy water just doesn’t do it for me. I need that extra sugar in my busy life.
Overall morning visits to the toilet increased by a factor of two, the need to drink more water also became a constant, and I can safely say that I credit the significant increase in my energy levels to the fact that my body is finally hydrated.
For me, water is the new coffee!
I’m the queen of the world!
All jokes aside, I must say, this is a habit I will not kick. So I can’t say that this is the last day of the experiment, but just another normal day.
The Bottom Line of Drinking 2 Glasses of Water Each Morning
- I have considerable more energy in the morning
- My mood is significantly improved
- My bowel movements have never been more regular
- Also, for the last couple of days, I stopped having problems with acid reflux, but I will come back with information after I stop drinking both carbonated water and its evil sister, soda.
I wholeheartedly recommend you to try this at home. As for this habit, it seems to be the secret to a slinky physique with little effort. I will come back with proof after a couple of months.
PS: I’m still trying to live a healthy lifestyle and give up soda, but I must admit that I do indulge with an occasional Coke. After all, I’m only human.
PPS: Every time I buy soda, I buy the little glass bottles, never plastic, never aluminum cans.
PPPS: Don’t forget to recycle!
The 4 Months Update on Drinking Two Glasses of Water Each Morning
I don’t know how time flew these past months. But, as I promised, I came back here to tell you how my routine of drinking those two glasses of water each morning went. I admit, I skipped a couple of days in the past four months, but I made it my goal to keep up with the program. So, without further ado, here are the results I am proud of sharing:
- I don’t even remember how hard it was at first to push down the second glass of water. These days, I still sit in front of the window, gazing outside, and drinking the water is as easy as I breathe.
- My skin looks and feels nicer than it did since forever. Fewer hydration problems, clean pores, and even more voluminous hair, as the picture shows. Seriously, drinking water each morning also solved some scalp and hair issues I had.
- I lost some weight effortlessly, naturally, and now I am happy to look better and feel better with each passing day.
- My body feels lighter and detoxed. I gained the flexibility of movement, despite the fact that I still spend hours on end in front of the computer.
- I do have more energy throughout the day, allowing me to rise to my own overcompetitive standards while keeping a smile on my face at all times.
After months of drinking two glasses of water each day, I can safely say that such a simple and healthy practice can change your life. It may be hard at the beginning, but once you ease into this routine, you will feel better, healthier, younger even. I still fully recommend you try. If you did already, tell me how you felt! Do you perceive the changes as significantly as I do?
Great article. I experienced much of the same benefits. One thing: I believe the same effect holds true if you have a light, plain green tea first thing as a substitute for the first water. That also serves to rev up your system a little more.
I think it could work for most people. For me not so much because it clashes with my gastritis. I really need to eat before drinking anything caffeinated. Also, I’m writing this as I’m sipping my green tea 😀
Its true.I have been drinking at least 4-6 oz before my 2 cups of coffee each morning,& then I have been eating broccoli,raw about 6 tiny trees w/ a ranch dressing everyday for about a month.Ive increased my water/ fluid intake about double on a daily basis,& yes,energy level,& clarity does improve,& joints feel more at ease!I’ve never been able to drink as much as some.I can easily get about 45 oz a day of fluids,but it is difficult to drink anymore than that for me..I actually hardly drank much more than 2 cups of coffee 2 glasses of tea,or maybe 3 a day for years.I have pushed myself to drink more.It has helped energy,& alertness,significantly.
And not to mention that broccoli is a great source of nutrients. I’m a bit obsessed with baby spinach lately. I add it to salads, sandwiches, and garnish almost every meal. So happy to find a fellow hydration lover.
Should I drink cold or room temper water ?
I, for one, think room temperature is better.
I drink lots of water glad to hear of your energy boost. I always have lots of energy I guess it’s that water. Try squeezing some fresh lemon tree n your water. You could also add a small amount of coke to your liking in the plain carbonated water to get the coke flavor satisfaction without all the sugar trick you senses.
That is supposed to be lemon only not the tree
I already add lemon, but not in my morning water as it doesn’t fare well with my gastritis (the acid in the lemon meeting the already acidic environment of my stomach is not a pleasant experience). But I do add a couple of lemon slices in my water after I eat. I’m very keen on lime lately, love the taste more.
Many years ago i have started to drink near about 1.5 litre water in empty belly within 30 mnts & walk inside house than to make press for bathroom. I still feel constipation.so any suggestion for me? I m a patient of piles and prostate glan.
Add fiber to your daily diet. Also, there are hidden health problems that could cause constipation. My aunt has a problem with her thyroid that she discovered during a routine check. The doctor told her that hypothyroidism can affect the way her body works and just a small imbalance can create ripples. My personal recommendation is eating lots of natural fibers, but it’s always good to have your yearly check-up.
Lemon tonic/ bitter lemon
Great memoir on the importance of drinking more water. I did an essay on water a couple of years ago and discovered that dehydration actually lowers your IQ!!!! Keep up the great work and informative articles.
Thank you so much and yes, one of the first organs to suffer when we’re dehydrated is the brain. The skin is next.
Great job, I drink water every day but start with a cup of hot water. It’s very important to drink clean water. What I mean by clean water is one that’s not out of a plastic bottle or contaminated tap water. You may want to invest in an reverse osmosis system with a remineralizer filter.
My colleague Andreea is 100% with you. She’s a wizz on water filters. I have a Brita at home and a portable one everywhere I go.
As a Massage Therapist of 35 years and Herbalist water is so important.
I wanted to let you know that there are stevia drops of many flavors including root beer if you google it. I have never seen a cola one but if you figured out your ratio, take a small coke bottle and add it to Sparkling water or Seltzer to taste.
Never tried Stevia, but I will surely give it a try. Thanks!
Thanks for your review and suggestions. I’m going to try the 16 oz of water first thing. I could use improvement in those same personal areas.
So glad to be of help.
After reading this article I’m going to start the same routine. After all I too am a soda junkie. But I want to do it if it will increase my bathroom routine (#2), because I don’t go but once a week. So if it will help me with that then yes I will try it.
Oh, once a week is not good at all. This is not just a job for good hydration but also lots of fiber (I mostly eat oatmeal in the morning) and fruit rich in fibers like pears and plumes. Take care of your health as your bathroom routine can say lots about your overall health.
Thank you for sharing your experience. I got a Fitbit as a gift & it got me drinking & logging my water. Reading this reaffirms the fact that I need to continue to continue to do this. I’m definitely going to try drinking 2- 8 oz glasses to start my morning. I also cut back on my soda because I didn’t want to admit it to my Fitbit that I was drinking that much soda 🙂 good luck to you.
Cutting back on soda can only do you good. I’m curious, did you also find that with less soda comes less bloating? I also got a Fitbit for the holidays and I must say, forcing myself to complete my steps goal has got me drinking more water.
Thanks for the tip!
Glad you stuck it through it is a challenging task.
I will try this and let you know I have a hard time drinking water. I made goals for myself to drink at least 3 water bottles did it and went back to no water.
It’s still hard for me to remember to drink water throughout the day. We do have an article precisely on methods to do increase your daily water intake https://waterisaright.com/drink-more-water/
Awesome thanks for the information
Really glad to know there are more people out there looking for proper hydration methods.