Drink warm water with lemon first thing in the morning. It's a good way to detox and alkalize your body.
Warm lemon water serves as a great "good morning" drink because it helps flush the body of toxins and aids the digestive system. It contains less than 60 calories (way less depending on serving size) so you aren't smashing your daily calorie intake for this healthy drink. Just make sure not to fill your cup with sugar too! We aren't making lemonade after all. In the next few weeks, I will post a blog about honey and the many great ways to combine it for optimal health and one of those combinations is with lemons.
Here are 9 more reasons why lemon water should become a regular part of your morning routine.
1. Balances your pH
Lemon helps in alkalizing the body by restoring the pH balance to the body. Having an overly acidic body can lead to low level chronic inflammation in the tissues throughout your body and organs. This can slow down the process and function and make you open to disease.
Although you’d probably think of lemons as being acidic, they actually have the opposite effect in our bodies and are incredibly alkalizing. When your body has a more stable pH balance, lemon water helps reduce inflammation and will generally function better, keeping your immune system in good shape and helping to ward off disease.
2. Boosts your immune system
Lemons contain vitamin C. Vitamin C is the most important macronutrient for our immune system. Vitamin C is the go to vitamin we all pickup when trying to fight a cold so add some lemon to the water and you will be well on your way to better health.
3. Weight loss aid
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. And as a bonus, drinking lemon water (and even plain water) make you feel full longer by filling your tummy so in turn, you eat less.
4. Helps skin glow
The antioxidants in lemons help to decrease blemishes and wrinkles. Your skin will look healthy, shiny, and clear
5. Rich in vitamin C
The vitamin C in lemons help decrease wrinkles and blemishes. And since lemon water also purges toxins from the blood, your skin clears up as well.
6. Good source of potassium
Potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
7. Fights infections & inflammation.
Because of the acid in lemons, they can help fight the acid that may build up in our bodies caused by inflammation. Due to the anti-inflammatory properties in lemons, infections have less opportunities to attack our bodies as well.
8. Reduces blood pressure
Did you know consuming one lemon a day can reduce your blood pressure by as much as 10%. It's not just an apple a day that keeps the doctor away now.
9. Aids Digestion
The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract which are the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen toxins in the digestive tract. Lemon water also helps relieve indigestion or ease an upset stomach.
So, if you don't already, I know you are going to race to the grocery store right now so you can buy a few lemons and get started. All you need is half a lemon and 6-8 ounces of warm, not hot, water and you are good to go. Happy drinking!