After researching the benefits of lemon water, I began drinking warm lemon water each morning when after waking up. The number of benefits is staggering, but I wanted to share the top 10 benefits that I think are most beneficial. It is amazing how one small fruit that most of us take for granted is so powerful. I was amazed by the health benefits of drinking lemon water that I experienced, and how quickly I saw improvements.
Drinking lemon water each morning is a daily habit that I no longer have to think about. After I roll out of bed and get myself going, I head to the kitchen to make my lemon water. I add the juice of half a lemon to a glass of warm water. I do this within 20 minutes of waking up in the morning. There is some debate on how long after you can eat, but I stick to eating no sooner than 30 mins after I have my drink.
Below are the benefits of drinking lemon water each morning:
Aids in Weight Loss. Lemons are high in pectin fiber. This helps fight hunger cravings. I have noticed that if I am hungry before drinking my water it does curb the feeling for a good while after drinking. People who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster.
Clears Skin. The Vitamin C component and other antioxidants help fight free radical damage and decrease wrinkles and blemishes. It’s said to clear the skin from the inside out. The alkaline nature of lemons kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne. It can actually be applied directly to scars or age spots to help reduce their appearance. You can mix this into a serum to use on the skin. The vitamin C contained in the lemon rejuvenates the skin from within your body.
Cleanses System / Diuretic. Lemons increase the rate of urination; therefore, toxins are released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy. Lemons stimulate the liver and aids in detoxification because citric acid helps maximize enzyme function.
Aids Digestion. Its make-up is similar to saliva and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. Lemons are also high in vitamins and minerals which help loosen toxins in the digestive tract. The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, belching, and bloating. The American Cancer Society actually recommends offering warm lemon water to cancer sufferers to help stimulate bowel movements.
Boosts Your Immune System. Lemons are high in Vitamin C and are great for fighting colds. They’re high in potassium that stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure. The Vitamin C found in lemons has anti-inflammatory effects and is used as a support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms. It enhances iron absorption in the body Lemons also have antimicrobial properties that may help fight cold and flu.
Balances pH Levels. Despite its acidic properties, lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized. Lemons contain both citric and ascorbic acid, weak acids easily metabolized from the body allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalize the blood. Diseases occur when the body’s pH is acidic. 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.
Energizes You and Enhances Your Mood. Lemons are one of the few foods that contain more negative ions that provide your body with extra energy when it enters the digestive tract. The scent of lemon also has mood-enhancing and energizing properties. The smell of lemon juice can brighten your mood and help clear your mind. Lemon can also help reduce anxiety and depression.
Promotes Healing. Vitamin C found in lemons promotes wound healing and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of good health and recovery from stress and injury.
Freshens Breath. Lemons freshen breath and can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. However, use with caution as citric acid can erode tooth enamel. It’s best to brush your teeth just after drinking your lemon water or to wait a significant amount of time after brushing your teeth. Additionally, you can rinse your mouth with purified water after you finish your lemon water.
Hydrates Your Lymph System. Warm water and lemon juice support the immune system by hydrating and replacing fluids lost by your body. When your body is deprived of water, you can definitely feel the side effects, which include: feeling fatigued, decreased immune function, constipation, lack of energy, low/high blood pressure, lack of sleep, and lack of mental clarity
Lemon is a super fruit that can help with a number of benefits. Despite having a love-hate relationship with lemons, most of us can agree there awesome benefits of drinking lemon water daily. An alternative to drinking lemon water is taking Vitamin C in the form of a pill. Honestly, I do both. I drink lemon water in the morning and I take a vitamin c tablet in the evenings to boost the benefits of taking MSM.
Recently, a reader mentioned adding cinnamon to the lemon water and I can definitely see where that is beneficial. I’m going to give it a try because I add cinnamon to a number of food and drink items daily to regulate my blood sugar.
Have you tried drinking warm lemon water? How did you benefit?