How we start our day can be very important to how our day unfolds. What we do in the morning matters and nothing matters more than taking care of our bodies. Our body including it’s organs and tissues wake up dehydrated and in desperate need of water to help eliminate toxins and rejuvenate our cells. Well, we don’t need to look any further than a glass of warm lemon water to help set our day off on the right foot.
Today, we know lemons have a variety of benefits when added to our diets, and we know we need to up our water intake. And that’s why a recommendation of lemon water makes sense. We should be drinking half our weight in grams of water each day.
A good habit to get into to is drinking a warm glass of lemon water first thing in the morning. The recipe is easy, simply squeeze half a lemon into a glass of warm water. Warm water is suggested because it uses less energy to process and helps awaken your entire body, while cold water can shock our systems. The rest of the day can include hot or cold lemon water, whatever the preference.
Most of us don’t drink enough water during the day and water is important to our bodies since it makes up about 60 percent of it. Adding lemon to your water intake adds nutrients like vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium, and pectin fiber. And let’s not forget the antibacterial properties your lemon water contains to help keep you healthy.
An added bonus, many people have successfully used hot lemon water as a substitute for coffee. So if you are trying to give up caffeine, hot lemon water may be just the thing to help you do it.
Here are twenty reasons you need to drink lemon water regularly throughout the day.
Regular glasses of lemon water can:
- Lower your risk of stroke, according to the American Heart Association
- Clear the skin and reduce signs of aging, including diminishing the signs of fine lines and wrinkles
- Act as detox and cleanse according to a study on lemon water’s ability to improve the natural function of the liver
- Enhance your mood and balance emotions
- Balance your body’s pH levels
- Reduce joint inflammation and act as a mild pain reliever
- Help in the recovery from a hangover
- Suppress your appetite and aid in weight loss
- Relieve discomfort due to constipation
- Freshen your breath
- Calm and regulate your respiratory system
- Alleviate urinary tract infections
- Prevent dehydration and adrenal fatigue
- Regulate your metabolism
- Supercharge your brain power
- Boost your immune system
- Reduces mucus buildup
- Flush your internal organs and keep them operating optimally
- Increase the efficiency of your digestive system
- Help you achieve your overall health goals
Pretty impressive list. Well to add to it, here are some lesser-known lemon facts.
- Lemon is one of nature’s top seven potassium sources. Potassium is a mineral that promotes clear thinking and aids in normalizing blood pressure, and when paired with sodium, it can regulate the body’s water balance.
- Lemon has been known to act as an insect repellent.
- Gargle with the juice of one lemon plus an equal amount of hot water for an antibacterial mouthwash.
- A tablespoon of fresh lemon juice has only four calories.
- Christopher Columbus brought citrus trees to Haiti in 1493.
- Lemon trees can grow up to 20 feet tall.
- In the Victorian age, lemon trees were a sign of wealth and prestige.
- Fully grown lemon trees can produce up to 600 pounds of lemons per year.
- Fashionistas from the Renaissance era used lemon juice to redden their lips.
- Cattle will choose to eat lemons rather than oranges, grapefruits, apples, and peaches.
In a time when many people are going back to eating natural, healthier food that nourishes their bodies, there is no better food to add to your nutrition plan than lemon. One of the best and easiest ways to add lemon into your diet is in your water.
Everyone is on a search for that easy trick to stay healthy, feel better, look younger and improve our lives and lemon water might just be that trick.