Lemons come packed with a number of nutrients including fiber, vitamin C, iron and calcium to just name a few.
When you mix with warm water the benefits just get better. Hot lemon water is detoxifying and anti-microbial, and it also aids digestion while helping improve kidney function. Modern science also suggests that drinking after a meal can help prevent the body from absorbing too much fat.
First thing in the morning
Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning helps kick-start digestion and metabolism. It also helps eliminate bloating. Because the liver is extremely active during sleep (sleep is the liver’s time to regenerate) “drinking enough water, especially in the morning, helps make sure that the body can perform these jobs most effectively.
There are several benefits of drinking lemon water every day. I’ve round up some of the most common:
Great source of potassium
Lemons are quite high in potassium and are therefore good for your heart, nerve function, and the brain as well.
Prevent kidney stones
If you drink lemon water every day, the citrate levels in your urine rise. Research done by scientists has proven that it prevents you from developing calcium stones in the kidney.
They give your immune system a boost
Lemon water is completely full of vitamin C, which is like the jumper cables of our immune system. Vitamin C inside your body is the first thing to fall when you are stressed. This is the reason why most experts recommend the intake of vitamin C during stressful days.
Cleanses your system
It helps your body flushing out toxins by enhancing your enzyme function.
Lemon Water Aids Digestion
Lemon water helps flush out unwanted toxins. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that required for digestion. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.
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.
The antioxidants that are found in lemon water helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. Plus, you can be sure that lemon juice would maintain the radiance of your skin since it detoxifies your blood.
Supports weight loss
Lemon water is great for losing weight because it helps in keeping your hunger cravings in check. This is because of the pectin fiber present in lemons. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster.
Start your day right
Leave your regular caffeinated drink behind and replace it with fresh lemon water. You would feel refreshed all day. After I have a glass of warm lemon water, I actually don’t crave coffee in the morning. This is weird, I can’t explain it, but I’ll take it.
Gives your energy a boost
Lemon water provides energy to your body as soon as it enters your digestive system.
How to do it
You should be using purified water and it should be lukewarm not scalding hot. Try to avoid ice cold water since it can be a lot for your body to process. Always use fresh lemons, organic if possible, never bottled lemon juice. I squeeze 1/2 a lemon with 1/3 of a cup of water and I drink it down first thing in the morning.
Try adding freshly grated ginger or a little cayenne for a boost.
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