Top 5 Reasons You Should be Drinking Lemon Water…especially in the morning
Every morning I start my day the same way. With a glass of warm lemon water.
A healthy start to your morning will get your day off to the right start.
A simple first step towards a more healthy body is drinking lemon water in the morning, preferably warm and on an empty stomach so it can begin doing it’s thing without competing with digesting food.
If you can wait 10-15 minutes before starting your breakfast, that’s great. If not, don’t worry, the lemon water can still start working its magic.
It wakes up your organs, aids in digestion, is packed with Vitamin C, keeps skin glowing, and helps reduce hunger.
If you are a coffee drinker, just drink your lemon water first.
5 Reasons to Begin Your Day with Lemon Water
1. Lemon water aids in digestion and detoxification
For decades the Japanese have been drinking water first thing in the morning (on an empty stomach) because of its natural health benefits.
Adding lemon makes is a super healthy way to wake up your organs and jump start the kidneys and digestive system! It hydrates the lymph system and aids in digestion.
The citric acid ensures proper functioning of the liver, causing the liver to cleanse itself of toxins. Because it is a mild diuretic, you may find yourself using the bathroom more often, helping the urinary tract rid itself of unwanted elements.
2. Contains Vitamin C
Vitamin C stimulates white blood cell production which is vital for your immune system to function properly. As an anti-oxidant, Vitamin C protects cells from oxidative damage.
It slows and prevents cell damage. Plus getting enough Vitamin C daily will help boost the immune system and keep colds and flu at bay!
Vitamin C is also good for the adrenals and can potentially help reduce the effects of stress.
3. Rejuvenates skin and heals the body
Vitamin C contains antioxidants. Antioxidants protect us from free radicals, which are responsible for many of the effects of aging on both body and mind.
Antioxidants are our friends! They help keep our skin looking fresh!
Getting enough Vitamin C from lemon water also keeps the body producing collagen, essential in smoothing out lines in the face.
In one recent study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says regularly consuming Vitamin C led to younger looking skin and less wrinkles. Oh Yes! I’ll take some Lemon Water, please!!
4. Helps reduce hunger
Pectin in lemons can reduce hunger. Pectin is a type of fiber commonly found in fruits which helps you feel fuller longer.
That satiated feeling means you’ll chow down less throughout the day.
5. Boosts your mood and energy levels
Again I say, go for a cup of warm lemon water…especially first thing in the morning! Our bodies get energy from clean healthy food.
When lemons enter your digestive tract, they result in an increase in energy levels both physically and mentally. Lemon water provides steady, natural energy for your day.
Additionally, have you ever smelled a lemon? Just the scent alone is proven to emit energy, improve moods and reduce stress levels!
How do I make Lemon Water?
Making lemon water is easy and economical! Simply squeeze the juice of half a lemon in lukewarm water and….drink it! Add a teaspoon of raw honey to cut the tartness.
An alternative to squeezing a lemon is adding one drop of organic lemon essential oil (like this one) to your lukewarm water. (Always choose organic oils when applying to the skin or ingesting.)
To make squeezing the lemon less of a hassle, buy a lemon squeezer (like this one). It will save you SO much time!
When you are traveling and don’t have access to lemons, still start your day with lukewarm water to wake up your organs and hydrate your body.
How to Protect Your Teeth from Acidity
Drinking through a straw will prevent acids from the lemon from damaging tooth enamel. This is very important. A straw will help bypass your teeth.
Buy a set of economical stainless steel straws (the ones our family use) to be used repeatedly.
They are rust proof, dishwasher safe, come with a cleaning brush, can be re-used and best of all, you will not be exposed to chemicals in plastic as you drink your beverages!
You will be using these everyday, or at least a few times a week, so investing in these inexpensive straws is worth it. I always use a stainless steel straw!
Also to protect your teeth from acidity, brush your teeth before drinking the lemon water.
Never ever brush your teeth right after! If you really want to brush your teeth after the lemon water, wait for an hour to protect your teeth.
Top 5 benefits of drinking lemon water summarized:
- Aids in digestion and detoxification
- Contains Vitamin C
- Rejuvenates skin and heals the body
- Helps reduce hunger
- Helps boost your mood and energy level.
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