I love starting my mornings with a good glass of lemon water. I have been doing it for years.
I would always start my day with a big glass of water – after sleeping for several hours, our bodies are somewhat dehydrated so I’d tank up first thing to kickstart the system.
I added lemon water to the mix some years ago simply because it added some flavour to what I was drinking.
But then I read about the benefits of drinking lemon water, especially first thing in the morning.
Because I had already realized how good I was feeling after starting on lemon water, finding the article made cementing this new habit a no-brainer.
What’s so special about lemons?
Lemons are a vitamin C-rich citrus fruit that enhances your beauty by rejuvenating skin from within bringing a glow to your face. One of the major health benefits of drinking lemon water is that it paves way for losing weight faster, thus acting as a great weight-loss remedy.
Lemon water flushes out toxins and is extremely beneficial for the body.
Warm lemon water serves as the perfect “good morning drink” as it aids the digestive system and makes the process of eliminating the waste products from the body easier. It prevents the problem of constipation and diarrhoea by ensuring smooth bowel functions. (Learn more here.)
Here are 7 reasons why you want to start drinking lemon water:
1. It gives your immune system a boost
The level of vitamin C in your system is one of the first things to plummet when you’re stressed, which is why experts recommended popping vitamin C supplements during especially stressful days. So go natural instead. It’s a fresh start to the morning!
2. It aids digestion
Lemon juice not only encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, but it also helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating.
3. It cleanses your system
Lemons are an antiseptic and have a powerful cleansing effect on your liver, kidneys and blood. That is why it helps flush out the toxins in your body.
4. It makes your skin glow
The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too! A dab of lemon juice can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.
5. It helps you lose weight
Lemons contain pectin fiber which assists in fighting hunger cravings. Remember, it is not a miracle cure but it will definitely help you in the process.
6. It gives you an energy boost
Lemon juice provides your body with energy when it enters your digestive tract, and it also helps reduce anxiety and depression. (Even the scent of lemons has a calming effect on your nervous system!)
7. It helps you cut down on your caffeine intake
I love coffee and tea but I realized I was drinking too much of it. Now, I replace my morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water. By doing that I was able to cut my caffeine intake in half. I started having a cup at of hot lemon water at night – it made me feel nice and light for bed.
So what’s the recipe?
Well, it is very simple. It consists of adding the juice of half a lemon in warm water. Try to avoid any sweetener (even raw sugar) – just drink plain water with lemon. If it is too bitter, try adding more water.
And it’s not just a breakfast drink.
I also drink hot lemon water just before I go to bed to bed as a substitute for my night tea.
After doing some research, it turned out that the body cleanses while at rest, so drinking the lemon water at night makes sense, as it supports our inherent ability to detox.
The more I learn about lemon water, the more I love about it and will continue to enjoy it. If you’re keen on starting too, I highly advise it but do note though, if you have digestion problems, speak to your doctor first. The acidity of the lemon juice could aggravate a chronic issue. Also, do not expect this to change your life and cure miracles. It’s just part of a bigger picture in going natural and keeping healthy.
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