I’ve mentioned in a few of my recipes how much we enjoy fresh lemons in my house. We use them in lots of baking, salad dressings, and of course in a nice, warm cup of water. Aside from enjoying the taste of lemon water, there are so many amazing benefits when you make this a daily habit. I’ve noticed differences in many areas of my life since I made this a part of my morning routine.
Here are 7 benefits to drinking warm lemon water in the morning that may persuade you to make this an every day habit.
1. Aids In Digestion
Here’s the main benefit that comes from drinking warm lemon water in the morning. It helps start the digestion process for the day. Drinking water after waking up before eating (especially with lemon added) helps flush unwanted toxins from your body. It also encourages the liver to produce bile which is required for digestion. Lemon has qualities that help reduce symptoms caused by indigestion, like bloating and heartburn.
2. Boosts The Immune System
Lemons are high in Vitamin C which is essential for fighting off colds and other bugs. They are also a source of Potassium which is good for stimulating brain function.
3. Clearer Skin
The Vitamin C and other antioxidants contained in lemons can be very beneficial in decreasing wrinkles and blemishes on your skin. Of course, hydration in general helps in this also. Vitamin C is very important for healthy skin and the lemon’s alkaline nature helps kill some types of acne-causing bacteria.
4. Balances PH Levels
Even though lemons may seem acidic – they become alkaline when in your body. Because of this they help remove the overall acidity from your body. Disease states occur when the ph of the body is highly acidic.
5. Mood Enhancer
The scent and bright taste of lemon has great mood-boosting properties. Starting the morning off with this can help clear your mind and be ready for the day. The scent of lemon can also help reduce feelings of anxiety.
6. Aids In Weight Loss
Lemons are high in pectin fibre, which can help fight hunger cravings. Also, drinking water infused with lemon can help keep your metabolism humming nicely.
7. Freshen Breath
This is a great one. Drinking lemon water can help freshen your breath and also relieve tooth pain and reduce gingivitis. One thing to keep in mind is that the citric acid in lemons can erode tooth enamel. It’s best to brush your teeth before drinking your lemon water.
These are just a few of the amazing benefits lemons can provide. I’ve personally felt the effect of many of these benefits. Making this a habit has helped me start my day right, and also helps me make smart decisions on food and drink throughout the day. I’ve noticed huge changes in my digestion – things run smoothly and I rarely feel the effects of heartburn anymore.
A couple things to remember when making this for yourself. Always use fresh lemons, not the bottled juice. I cut a large wedge from a lemon and squeeze into a big mug. Then fill with lukewarm water. It’s best not to use boiling hot or ice cold water – this take much more energy for your body to process.
If you feel like you’re catching a cold or just need an extra boost, grate a small amount of fresh ginger into your cup. This can really help boost your immune system and help you fight off a cold!
Do you drink lemon water in the morning? What are some benefits you’ve noticed?