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What you drink in the mornings can have an impact on the rest of your day. Here’s what nutritionists have to say on the kind of drinks you should consume and avoid.
Morning routines are important, determining the outcome of your first hours of the day. Many factors influence your moods in the morning – your bedtime routine, how much you slept, your level of stress – but one thing that always helps is to figure out a morning set of behaviors that make you feel happy.
According to some nutrition experts, what you drink in the morning has some influence over the rest of your day, encouraging hydration, healthy blood pressure and more. The Huffington Post spoke with several nutritionists who provided them with their best answers as to morning drinks. Unsurprisingly, their first choice was water.
“You may not necessarily feel thirsty first thing in the morning, but drinking water can be a health habit that you prioritize to stay adequately hydrated throughout the day,” says nutritionist Vicki Shanta Retelny.
Most nutritionists are also skeptical of fad drinks and detoxes, claiming that there are few scientific researches out there that can support these claims. They also warn against consuming drinks with a lot of calories or a lot of caffeine, since these can make your body crave them through the rest of the day and could even make your body feel heavy and likely to crash.
“The last thing you want to do is start the day off with a sugary, highly processed drink like soda or an energy drink that will flood your system with sugars. These may deliver a quick shot of energy, but that’s guaranteed to be followed by a significant mid-morning low,” says nutritionist Karen Ansel.
Despite the doubt that surrounds coffee and caffeine, most nutritionists agree on morning coffee, especially since it fosters the development of a morning routine that can boost productivity and make people’s mornings easier. Tea provides a similar effect with an added burst of benefits, being linked with diabetes management and prevention on people who have a morning tea drinking habit formed.
Mornings are sometimes difficult for people and they’re important. What you eat and what you drink having an influence over your mood and the kind of day you’ll have. If you start your day by consuming junk food and sweet drinks, you’re setting a high and unhealthy bar for your body the minute it’s conscious. Push these impulses until later and try to keep your mornings clean and simple.