Start the day out with a cup of warm water and the juice of half a lemon. It’s so simple and the benefits are just too good to ignore.
Here are a few benefits of drinking lemon water :
- Boosts Your Immune System – Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
- Balances PH – Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they are alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolised). As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health.
- Helps with Weight Loss – Lemons are high in pectin fibre, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight after. And, my experience is that when I start the day off right, it’s easier to make the best choices for myself the rest of the day.
- Aids Digestion – The warm water serve to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis – the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen Ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.
- Clears Skin – The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.
- Natural Diuretic – Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
- Hydrates the Lymph System – This cup of goodness helps start the day on a hydrated note, which helps prevent dehydration and adrenal fatigue. When your body is dehydrated, or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue) it can’t perform all of it’s proper functions, which leads to toxic buildup, stress, constipation, and so on. Your adrenals happen to be two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and along with your adrenals that regulate water levels and the concentration of minerals, like sodium, in your body, helping you stay hydrated. Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response.
So, the bottom line is that you really don’t want to mess with a deep state of dehydration.