The way you start each day is key -> “the secret to your success is found in your daily routine” <- which is why you should start your day with a glass of warm lemon water! You want to avoid ice cold water first thing in the morning (ugh) because your digestive system & other internal organs have been rejuvenating themselves all night so an ice cold beverage is not quite the wake up call they’re looking for. If you know me then you know that I LOVE ICE WATER (#aquaholic) so getting into this routine was a little harder than it should be for most. However, it’s also one of the best decision I’ve made. I like to squeeze an entire lemon in mine to get as much of the benefits as I can.
Health Benefits of Warm Lemon Water
Vitamin C -> One lemon contains 187% of the recommended daily allowance! Vitamin C is one of the easiest & quickest ways to boost your immune system. Lemon juice also offers up a healthy serving of potassium, magnesium and copper.
Improves Digestion -> Lemon juice has a similar structure to your stomach’s juices and helps to flush out toxins from the digestive tract. When you start your day with lemon water, it helps you digest your breakfast better, meaning your body will be able to absorb the nutrients from your breakfast more effectively, which in turn means a much better start to your day. Lemon juice can also help ease indigestion, heartburn, and bloating.
Happy Skin -> By helping improve digestion & flush toxins, lemon water can lead to cleaner & clearer skin. The vitamin C component as well as other antioxidants helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes as well as helps to fight damage caused by free radicals, keeping your skin looking so fresh & so clean.
Fight Respiratory Infections -> Lemon water can help you battle everything from sore throats to tonsil inflammation, thanks to the anti-inflammatory property of lemon. This is coming in handy right now because I’ve got a major sore throat going on.
Hydration -> We all know how staying hydrated is incredibly important to your overall health. However, some people still don’t drink enough water for various reasons. One of those reasons is that they may find water boring. Lemon has long been suggested as a tasty addition to help add some flavor to your water so it’s not so boring. Drink your lemon water people!
Boosts Mood & Energy Levels -> It’s obvious by now that you should start your day with a glass of lemon water… but! If you’re drained by 2 in the afternoon, trying drinking lemon water instead of coffee! I gave up coffee over 2 months ago now and this has helped me greatly kick my coffee habit (along with green tea). Additionally, just the scent of a lemon has been found to reduce stress levels and improve moods. Don’t forget to offer a glass to grumpy co-workers 😉
“The energy a human receives from food comes from the atoms and molecules in your food. A reaction occurs when the positive charged ions from food enter the digestive tract and interact with the negative charged enzymes. Lemon is one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions, providing your body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract.”
Encourages Weight Loss -> Although lemons contain lots of acid, they also metabolize to alkalinity. An alkaline environment in your digestive system promotes weight loss and suppresses hunger. Lemons are high in pectin fiber which studies show help fight hunger cravings. Pectin helps you feel full longer; that satiated feeling means you’ll have less of an urge to chow down throughout the day.
If you are looking for an easy trick to improve your life, than look no further! Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is a pretty simple routine to get into and will have tremendous effects on your overall health. While you do get the benefits of lemon water whenever you drink it, sipping on it in the morning will kick-start your day!
Do you drink lemon water in the mornings?