Water with lemon every single morning
Maybe you've heard of this before: Drinking water first thing in the morning is the best thing you can do to fire up your metabolism, hydrate and help your body flush out toxins. However, incorporating a squeeze of lemon juice can bring some extra benefits - Believe me, even if you're not a big water drinker, you might find yourself reaching for a glass when you read how awesome it is for your body and mind!
Here are a few reasons to wake up to lemon water every single day:
1. Aids Digestion
Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body by encouraging the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, belching and bloating.
2. Cleanses Your System / is a Diuretic
The citric acid in lemons helps maximize enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification.
3. 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. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) found in lemons demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects, and is used as complementary support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms plus it enhances iron absorption in the body; iron plays an important role in immune function.
4. Balances pH
Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Sure, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). Drinking lemon water regularly can help to remove overall acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints, which is one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation.
5. Clears Skin
Vitamin C is vital for healthy glowing skin while its alkaline nature kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne. The vitamin C contained in the lemon rejuvenates the skin from within your body.
6. Promotes Healing
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), found in abundance in lemons, promotes wound healing, and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage.
7. Freshens Breath
Besides fresher breath, lemons have been known to help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis.
8. Hydrates Your Lymph System
Warm water and lemon juice supports the immune system by hydrating and replacing fluids lost by your body.
9. Helps with Weight Loss
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. Studies have shown people who maintain a more alkaline diet, do in fact lose weight faster.
10. Prevents nausea & morning sickness*
The smell of citrus can cut through the murky feeling of nausea, calm your stomach, and calm you.
*Add ginger to your lemon water: Fresh ginger is the best way to calm an upset stomach. It promotes the secretion of various digestive juices/enzymes that help neutralize stomach acid.