10 BENEFITS OF LEMON WATER IN THE MORNING
As you may have guessed the 28 Days to Vitality Cleanse is starting soon. To prepare, I suggest that you start drink lemon water first thing in the morning to kick start your digestive system. The water added to the lemon juice should be lukewarm, or as hot as you can tolerate. I have received questions into why this is recommended and after what you learn, I think you might want to make lemon water a regular habit.
10 Benefits of Drinking Warm Lemon Water in the Morning
1. Boosts your immune system
Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.
2. Balances pH
Drink lemon water every day and you’ll reduce your body’s overall acidity. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around. Yes, lemon has citric acid but it does not create acidity in the body once metabolized.
3. Helps with weight loss
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet (see #2) lose weight faster.
4. Lemon water aids digestion
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.
5. Is a diuretic
Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which helps purify it. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clears skin
The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. It can actually be applied directly to scars to help reduce their appearance.
7. Freshens breath
Not only this, but it can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should monitor this.
Reducing the Effects of Citric Acid
Limiting sodas and other acidic foods are recommended to avoid erosion, but there are a few other safeguards you can follow. Dentists advise regularly using toothpaste containing fluoride to strengthen and add hardness to your tooth enamel. Drinking acidic beverages through a straw positioned toward the back of your mouth can help reduce the risk of erosion by limiting the exposure of your teeth to the acid. However, your back teeth are still exposed. Rinsing with water for 30 seconds after eating or drinking helps wash away the residual acid. Chewing sugarless gum after eating to stimulate saliva can also help neutralize the effects of acids in your mouth. Drinking acidic drinks during a meal rather than by themselves is less damaging to your enamel. And, it is better to drink a whole drink at one time rather than constant sipping.
8. Relieves respiratory problems
Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs. It’s thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies too.
9. Keeps you zen
Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when you subject your mind and body to stress. As mentioned previously, lemons are chocked full of vitamin C.
10. Helps kick the coffee habit
After I have a glass of hot lemon water, I actually don’t crave coffee in the morning. This is weird, I can’t explain it, but I’ll take it.
Easy Lemon Water Recipes
If I’m in a hurry in the morning, I use this simple warm lemon water recipe:
- Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon into a mug of warm water. Stir.
But, if you have more time on your hands and need something to drink throughout the day, this detox water has health benefits and tastes great.
- Fill a large pitcher of water, perhaps 12 cups or 3 quarts in size.
- Squeeze 3 lemons (6 average-sized limes works, too).
- Slice one cucumber thinly and add to water.
- Drop in a handful of mint leaves.
Do you drink lemon water first thing in the morning, how is it going for you?
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