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Have you ever wondered why you weigh less in the morning than you did at night? It’s because you are dehydrated! Our bodies are an estimated 55-75% water (try to pin that statistic down), and different parts of our bodies have a higher water content than others. (Blood is about 85% water, which is one reason why they invite you to sit down and drink juice or water right after you donate blood.) After 8 hours of sleep, we have a smaller overall percentage of water in our bodies than we started with: respiration (breathing), sweating, and our bladders all contribute to that nighttime loss.

I’m thirsty for a reason when I wake up! But when I was a kid, having a huge glass of water first thing in the morning would make me sick to my stomach. Back then, I associated thirst with needing a drink of cold water. It took me years to realize that it was the “cold” water that made me feel sick.

One of the first things I do each morning is rehydrate, but I’m much smarter about it now. I start by drinking a tall glass of warm water; it’s so much easier on my stomach. I warm it up until it’s about body temperature: 90 – 100°F, which is just warm enough to feel when you stick your finger in it. But warm water is really kind of gross by itself, so I add a giant squeeze of lime to it before I chug it down. This morning routine not only helps to rehydrate me, but it wakes me up and gets my body going. I love the invigorating smell of fresh lime! I feel like if I do nothing else right that day, at least I was kind to my dehydrated body.

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I wash and store my cut limes in a glass container in my fridge. One big lime lasts me about 4-5 days. I love this routine so much that I have been known to take a lime and a zip-top bag with me when I go on vacation. It’s really that simple.

p.s. A giant squeeze of lemon also works, and I used to do that. But the lime makes my taste buds happier.

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