The way you start each day is incredibly important. Start the day out with a glass of warm water and the juice of half a lemon. This simple drink is too powerful to not make a part of your daily routine!
Boosts Immune System
Lemons contain both Vitamin C and Potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain & nerve function and helps control blood pressure. Lemons also contain smaller amounts of different vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate and vitamin E. In addition, the sour fruit contains various minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and zinc. With the all vitamins and minerals it contains, lemon water really packs a healthy punch and all you have to do is drink it!
Aids Weight Loss & Digestion
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, and fiber is critical in helping fight hunger cravings. Drinking lemon water also aid the cleansing of certain toxins from your body, as well as promotes bursts of energy. The warm water stimulates the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis keeping things moving along. Lemons are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials from the body. Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials in part because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Therefore toxins are released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy. The citric acid in lemons helps maximize enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification
Hydrates the Lymph System
When your body is dehydrated it can’t perform all of it’s proper functions, which leads to toxic buildup, stress, constipation, and the list goes on. Your adrenals are two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and along with your thyroid, create energy. They also secrete an important hormone called aldosterone. Aldosterone regulates water levels and the concentration of minerals, like sodium, in your body — making sure your body stays hydrated. Your adrenals are also key components in regulating your stress response. (WebMD)
The vitamin C in lemon juice might actually help your skin as well. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that higher vitamin C intakes were associated with fewer wrinkles. This could be due to vitamin C’s effects on collagen, which helps make up the connective tissue under the skin. Keeping ourselves hydrated also helps skin stay more subtle and thus provides a more youthful appearance. Your skin is an organ, and hydration helps it function at its best.
How to Make Lemon Water
In order to reap any health benefits of lemon water, you need drink it consistently, and you need more than just a single wedge of lemon in your glass. When making lemon water, always use fresh lemons and not artificial lemon from a bottle. Squeeze half a lemon into 8 ounces of warm or cold water.
Infuse flavor to lemon water by adding:
- a few springs of mint
- a teaspoon of maple syrup or raw honey
- a slice of fresh ginger
- a dash of cinnamon
You can also add slices of other fresh citrus fruits such as limes and oranges, or cucumber slices.
Another easy and fun way to make lemon water is by making lemon ice cubes in advance. All you have to do is squeeze fresh lemon juice into ice trays and freeze. Drop a few cubes into a glass of cold or hot water as needed.