11 Best Morning Drinks to Wake Up To | Virgin Pure

By Bob Fear

11 Best Morning Drinks to Wake Up To | Virgin Pure

One of the first things we do when we wake up is reach for our morning drinks. We usually wake up thirsty as we all slowly dehydrate overnight while we sleep. Even if we don’t feel it, we will lose fluid through perspiration and even through just breathing (our breath contains water vapour). So, what are the best morning drinks? In this article we’ll explore all the top healthy breakfast drinks that could help kick your day off as you mean to go on.

Why are breakfast drinks important?

The body is in sleep mode for around seven to eight hours a night. This means that by the time you wake up, your body is likely to be dehydrated. Having a glass of refreshing water will give you the boost you need to start the day energised.

Though water may be the most obvious choice to rehydrate, there are other morning drinks you can try as well.

What are the best morning drinks?

1. Water

You just can’t beat a fresh glass of pure water first thing in the morning to quench your thirst and immediately rehydrate you. It really is one of the best morning drinks you could have. Our bodies are mostly made up of water so when we lose some, it’s common sense that we should replace like for like. It’s just what our bodies need. If you wake up feeling groggy, you have a dry mouth and the tinges of a headache - these are all signs of dehydration so you may not need any medicine or other miracle potion than good old water.

Lots of us sleep with a glass of water by the side of the bed. This is a great way to ensure we never suffer thirst too long without having to drag ourselves out of bed. It’s a great habit to help keep us hydrated, especially through the night if we wake up, need to pee and lose more water. The only downside is that water poured the night before might taste a little stale or have collected dust. The best way to combat this is to keep it in a sealed glass bottle, or even a stainless-steel flask which will help keep it chilled.

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2. Water and lemon

If you want to add a shot of flavour to your pure water in the morning, then squeeze a couple of chunks of lemon into it and let them float there and turn it cloudy. This will provide a healthy dose of immune-boosting vitamin C. If you crave a soothing hot drink first thing, simply go for the good old hot water and lemon. You can’t go wrong. If this is a tad too bitter for your taste buds, try a small drop of honey to sweeten it.

3. Water and apple cider vinegar

This may sound odd for a healthy morning drink, but it could be worth a shot. Adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water could help boost your metabolismand lower your blood sugar . It may even help kill illness-inducing pathogens . Try spicing it up with a dash of cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice and a drop of honey.

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4. Coconut water

This is a great healthy morning drink, to start your day off the right way. Coconut water is packed with plenty of essential nutrients, minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium and phosphorus, as well as free-radical fighting antioxidants. Just watch out for the sugar levels if you’re not burning it off with any exercise.

5. Tea

While lots of us feel that an old-fashioned cup of tea in the morning can’t be beaten, you could give green tea a whirl for that extra health boost with this healthy morning drink at breakfast time. Green tea is great for antioxidants and has less caffeine than black tea.

Tulsi is a revered ayurvedic herbal tea that’s also full of antioxidants and also has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also said to help with physical and mental stress.

6. Fruit juice

Lots of us turn to a fresh fruit juice first thing in the morning. We should just be aware of the natural sugar levels. The UK government’s Eatwell Guide suggests just one small glass of 100% fruit juice a day should be our limit. And stay clear of the stuff made from concentrate as that doesn’t offer all the healthy positives of the real stuff.

If you’re suffering a little from a big night before, research suggests that tomato juice fortified with alanine (an amino acid) might help relieve the adverse effects of alcohol. But existing test results were from only twenty men who consumed 5g of alanine, whereas a regular glass of tomato juice might only contain 0.1g - so more research (and commercially available alanine fortified juice) is needed. It might be simpler to stick to orange juice which will give you a vitamin C boost, as well as replace some of the magnesium which alcohol flushes out of you.

7. Aloe vera juice

Aloe vera juice has anti-inflammatory powers and has shown to help relieve symptoms of IBS . A popular ayurvedic drink is aloe vera amla juice, a blend of aloe vera and Indian gooseberry. This morning drink concoction is said to increase your capacity to burn fat by preventing the build-up of toxins.

8. Ginger tea

Simply hot water with a few tablespoons of grated ginger, this solution has proven to work wonders for our digestive systems. It can help to treat nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea . It’s also used by some to help relieve arthritis, rheumatism and muscle injuries.

9. Turmeric and pepper

We’ve all heard of the magical powers of turmeric (a close relation of the equally super powered ginger), but have you heard of adding dashes of turmeric and pepper to warm water? Another healthy gem from India, this healthy morning drink is said to have anti-inflammatory properties and help with digestion. While more research is needed to prove some of the potential benefits of dissolving dried turmeric in water, it can certainly lay claim to being rich in nutrients such as manganese and iron.

What morning energy drinks are the best?


Who would dare deny us our daily shot of caffeine? That perky pick-me-up that a good quality ground coffee (not the instant stuff) offers is a hard one to kick if we’re on a health tip. Everything in moderation though. Caffeine can affect people in different ways. Some might find that caffeine is a diuretic so it can be dehydrating, for some it gives the jitters. But for most people, just one shot of coffee in the morning gives them the start they need - especially if it gets their guts moving first thing. Coffee can provide a good morning clear out! Discover more surprising caffeine facts with our handy article.

Goji juice

If you’re feeling flush and want to avoid caffeine, goji juice might be the morning energy drink you’re looking for. Research has shownthat goji berries might help increase energy levels, decrease stress and fatigue and improve mental performance. These magic berries certainly pack a powerful punch of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And that means your wallet might take a hit as well.

We’ve highlighted all the best morning drinks you could try to start your day in a positively healthy way. Naturally we’re biased, but with good reason - more often than not your body simply craves water first thing in the morning to rehydrate. Lots of these alternatives to plain water here offer a flavoursome spin on your basic essential ingredient of water.

Lots of Virgin Pure customers say they drink far more water since they had their Home Water System installed, because it dispenses great-tasting triple-filtered water at whatever temperature suits them best, from super chilled to boiling. While we filter out all the nasty stuff you don’t want in your drink, such as chlorine and limescale, we leave in all the essential nutrients you need so it’s just like having mineral water on tap.

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