Upon waking up in the morning, the first drink that most people gravitate toward is coffee. With its rich aroma and magical abilities to make 9-5ers productive human beings, coffee is certainly a tempting morning beverage. But what if you could substitute in an even better choice? Read on to learn why lemon water should be your go-to morning drink. Hydration First Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, so it’s no surprise that we should be chugging tons of it throughout the day. But it’s actually even more important to hydrate first thing in the morning, because it’s been 7+ hours since you’ve had anything to drink. Couple that with the fact that many people try not to drink anything close to bed, and you’re going to be waking up severely dehydrated. That’s why it’s important that coffee (which acts as a diuretic and further dehydrates you) is not the first thing you drink in the morning. By sipping on a big mug of lemon water instead, you’ll be starting your day off right. Benefits Of Lemon So why do you need to add lemon to your first water of the day? While water alone is a fine choice, lemon adds a few health properties that are especially beneficial when taken advantage of first thing in the morning. Lemon is packed with vitamin C, and enjoying it in the morning helps to kick-start the immune system for the day ahead. Vitamin C also promotes healthy, glowing skin. Lemon also acts a detoxifying agent by stimulating the liver and helping with digestion. This makes it easier for the body to eliminate harmful toxins, while also soothing any lingering stomach troubles from the previous day. Perhaps the biggest draw of drinking lemon water is its ability to help you maintain a healthy weight. When you’re dehydrated, it’s easy to mistake thirst for hunger. Lemon water acts as a kind of healthy appetite suppressant by allowing you to tune into your hunger cues more effectively. Studies have shown that those who drink lemon water in the morning maintain weight loss better than those who do not (combined, of course, with a nutritious diet and adequate exercise). Hot Or Cold? While lemon water can be enjoyed either hot or cold, a warm mug of lemon water will be more beneficial than a cold one. The body absorbs warm, or even room temperature, water much more effectively than it does cold water. A warm drink also serves as less of a shock to your system first thing in the morning. Finally, if you’re trying to substitute coffee for lemon water, a hot version might make the transition easier for you. You don’t have to go cold turkey on coffee, but adding lemon water to your morning ritual could have a number of health benefits. And if nothing else, it will make you slightly less dependent on that cup ‘o joe!