I Embarked on a 7-Day Challenge to Incorporate 1-2 Cups of Water into my Morning Routine and This is What Happened

 In Self-Improvement

I have what you can call – Morning Water Nausea Syndrome. I get nauseous when I drink more than half a cup of water in the morning.

In addition, I often feel heavily fatigued in the morning, even after a good night’s rest. This fatigue doesn’t fully lift even after coffee and lasts till late in the evening. Yea I know, that means I only feel ‘fully awake’ for a few hours a day.

When I read that drinking water first thing in the morning may help with fatigue and improve mental alertness, I decided to give it a shot. I gave myself a 7-Day challenge to drink a cup, or more of water first thing in the morning. I also documented it here to inspire our IG followers to do the same.

I started with one cup and worked my way upwards, pushing myself to a point where I really couldn’t swallow anymore. Believe me, once I got beyond three quarters of a cup, I was really nauseous. I kept going and stopped at a point where I felt I might vomit if I went further. It is important to listen to your body. Push it but not beyond what it can take.

I weigh 48kg. The amount of water required to hydrate yourself should vary in proportion to your body weight so do adjust accordingly. The recommended amount is 1 – 2 cups in the morning, though Cameron Diaz drinks one litre! My goal is 1.5 – 2 cups of water in one sitting.

Day 1: Woke up with extreme fatigue. I had to muster all my willpower to move my body to the kitchen. I had zero appetite for a cup of water. I drank my water in big gulps, as fast as I could before my body feels so nauseous that I give up. After chugging that cup of water, I dragged my nauseous, sleepy body to the bathroom to brush my teeth. By the time I finished brushing my teeth, I felt completely awake! The only time I felt this way, at this time was probably on my wedding day when I was so excited I could run a marathon on an empty stomach. Ok that was an exaggeration but you get the point.

I had a desire to maintain that level of alertness so I was more mindful of my water intake during the day. Knowing that the cup of water I drank in the morning would be utilised, I intentionally drank water to replenish that cup of water I had drank in the morning.

The alertness fluctuated throughout the day, with a less severe post-lunch crash. It also lasted till late into the evening.

Day 2: I tried to drink 1.5 cups but couldn’t swallow more than 1 cup + 1 mouthful so I stopped there. Improvement in mental alertness, energy levels and fatigue stayed the same.

Day 3: Same as day 2. I still couldn’t stomach more than 1 cup + 1 mouthful.

Day 4: Tried something different today. I poured my water into a nice glass to make it look more inviting. The point was to look at that nauseating early morning drink more positively. It’s all in the mind right? If I looked at the water as a delicious, thirst quenching drink that refreshes my organs and muscles down to its tiniest cell, my body will look forward to the drink more right? Alas, the glass didn’t help in increasing the amount I was able to stomach.

Day 5: Talia woke me up at 4am and I had trouble going back to sleep for a long time so I could barely open my eyes in the morning. However, after my drink, I felt much better by the time I had brushed my teeth. I’m quite certain I’d have felt much worse for a longer period if I hadn’t had that immediate hydration in the morning.

Day 6: The husband had prepared some ready sliced lemons in the fridge so today, I squeezed some lemon juice into my water. It did taste better, but I still couldn’t down more than the standard 1 cup + 1 mouthful.

Day 7: I followed the recommendations of some of my instagram followers to drink it warm rather than at room temperature. It seems to help me drink up to a certain extent.

Conclusion: It seems like my energy boost could be part physiological, part psychological. A writer here outlines her gallon challenge and one of her observation was that her energy level felt so different she didn’t need caffeine.

Regardless of whether it could have been a placebo effect, I know for certainty that when we go to bed at night, there is a six to eight-hour period where we have no water intake. At the same time, our body is breathing, our mind is still processing the events of the day our cells are going through repair and regeneration. All these use up a significant amount of water so by the time we wake up in the morning, our body is dehydrated. Adequate hydration will help the body and brain function properly and should logically improve mental alertness.

Giving the body a good start can’t be a bad thing, especially for your immune system, so yes I’m going to continue to keep up with this new practice and in fact try to increase gradually to two cups a day.

Many celebrities have sworn also by water before breakfast as their best beauty tip – Jennifer Anniston and Naomi Campbell take a cup of hot water with lemon in the morning while Cameron Diaz drinks an entire large bottle of water first thing in the morning.

According to  Rania Batayneh, MPH, a nutritionist and author of The One One One Diet, drinking water in the morning makes you feel more alert and kick-starts your metabolism.

As we approach the new year, I invite you to make a new resolution to raise your glass of water every morning and say cheers!!!

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