Lemon Water Every Morning
Why Drink Warm Lemon Water Each Day
Our bodies are fasting while we sleep, and drinking warm lemon water on an empty stomach will help replace fluids within minutes of drinking it.
A Good Source of Vitamin C
Lemons and limes are high in vitamin C, which is a primary antioxidant that helps protect cells from damaging free radicals.
Vitamin C may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and lower blood pressure. Research published in Stroke showed that people with low vitamin C levels, especially obese men with high blood pressure, have a higher risk of stroke.
Vitamin C may also help prevent or limit the duration of the common cold in some people, although studies are conflicting.
Polyphenol antioxidants found in lemons significantly reduces weight gain caused by a high-fat diet while insulin resistance is improved.
Balances the pH Levels
Most people mistake lemons to be acid when they are really one of the most alkalizing foods for the body, bringing it back to a balanced state. The acid in lemons turns alkaline in the digestive tract. When we are over acidic (from too much processed foods, sugar, caffeine, etc), our bodies are vulnerable to disease. The fact is, no disease or sickness can survive in an alkaline body!
Lemon water neutralizes odor and stimulates saliva, so keep your breath fresh by drinking a glass of lemon water upon wakening, and after meals.
Aids in Digestion
Drinking lemon water on a daily basis can prevent constipation. Drinking warm or hot lemon water when you wake gets your digestive system moving.
Prevents Kidney Stones
Having 1/2 cup of lemon juice provides the same amount of citric acid you’d find in a prescription, and the citric acid in lemons may help prevent calcium kidney stones. Increase citric acid intake to decrease your risk of getting new calcium stones. Both the citric acid and the increased water intake aid in preventing future kidney stones.
Vitamin C reduces wrinkles and hydration improves skin quality.
Builds up the Immune System
Because of its high antioxidants and Vitamin C offerings, drinking lemon water regularly is one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective ways to boost the immune system and fight disease and illness! It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases.
We all know that inflammation can cause a lot of health problems. People with respiratory issues, pain issues, and other inflammatory related symptoms would benefit greatly from drinking lemon water daily!
How to Use Lemon Water
Start your morning with a mug of warm lemon water, and keep a pitcher of water infused with a few sliced, whole lemons in your refrigerator to drink throughout the day.
When making lemon water, always use fresh lemons rather than artificial lemon juice from a bottle.
For one mug, squeeze in the juice of half a lemon or lime. Add warm water and taste. If it is too strong, you can water it down or lightly sweeten it with raw honey.
In order to reap any health benefits of lemon water, you need drink it consistently, and you need more than just a single wedge of lemon in your mug.
Options to Infuse Lemon Water With Flavor
a few fresh or dried mint
a teaspoon of raw honey
fresh cucumber slices
a slice of fresh ginger
a dash of cinnamon
A Couple of Cautions
Lemon contains citric acid, which may erode tooth enamel (an ironic twist for people using lemon to help bad breath). To limit the risk, drink lemon water through a straw, and rinse your mouth afterwards.
When it comes to heartburn, lemon water can go either way. The acidic citric acid may stimulate heartburn in some people. Others may experience relief from heartburn since lemons become alkaline in the digestive tract. If lemons aggravate your heartburn, avoid drinking lemon water.