Benefits of warm lemon water
When life gives you lemons, drink warm lemon water! There’s nothing as refreshing or cleansing, and if you make it part of your morning ritual, it will set the tone for the rest of your day. Some of us take a brisk walk, meditate, do yoga, or hit the snooze button. No matter what your routine, a cup of warm lemon water helps to clear the dust out of your brain and set your body and mind to be clear and sharp for your upcoming day. The benefits of warm lemon water are amazing!
Boost your energy
I would never suggest that lemon water replaces your morning cuppa coffee, but I can tell you from personal experience, that lemon water gives me a burst of energy in a natural way, without the jitters that coffee can cause first thing in the morning. Lemons are purifying, and provide antibacterial and antioxidant benefits, and the vibrant scent is a great way to start the day. I use a few drops of lemon oil to enhance my body lotion, and the smell is wonderful.
Clear your mind and body
There is something so calming and cleansing about drinking a cup of warm lemon water. Maybe because it flushes toxins out of your body through your liver. Lemon boosts enzyme functions that stimulate your liver, and since your liver is a key player in detoxifying your body, you’ve put into motion a series of cleansing events for your body, first thing in the morning! The citrus flavanoids in lemon can also protect the liver against toxins, which also prevents fatty liver.
Keep your skin clear
Vitamin C is a water-soluable antioxidant, loaded in lemons. This powerful punch helps to combat damage caused by free radicals, sun, sugar, and chemicals from makeup. Lemon water helps to keep your skin smooth and fresh, and it also stimulates the production of collagen in the body, which we all need to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles in our faces.
Lemon juice purifies the skin and closes the pores. It works great as an exfoliant as well. Just mix with sugar to make a smooth paste and apply it to your face, then rinse, as you would with other facial products. The citric acid is great for your skin and complexion. As a matter of fact, I have read studies that say that vitamin C intake on a steady basis can help keep those wrinkles at bay.
Prevents bad breath
It’s true! Lemons are natural deoderizers and are often used in many cleaning solutions. Lemons can kill germs, and can also get rid of odors in your mouth. Onions, garlic, or fish come to mind. A glass of lemon water first thing in the morning also helps to stimulate saliva, which is a good thing, as bacteria tend to thrive in a dry mouth.
Strengthens the immune system
Lemons are naturally loaded with vitamin C, which helps to strengthen your immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells, which in turn, are critical for tip-top immune function. Vitamin C also helps protect the cells in your body from free-radicals and oxidative damage.
Acid or alkaline
Lemons are acidic on their own, but when we consume lemons or lemon juice, they’re actually alkaline once they are ingested. That’s because when the citric acid from the lemon is metabolized, it doesn’t create an acid environment in the body, and instead, creates an alkaline effect, which can help to alleviate heartburn or acid reflux symptoms. So, when you neutralize the acid pumping into your stomach, the effects of heartburn and acid reflux can be effectively reduced.
Lemonade with greens
One of my favorites, made best with a juicer, but if you don’t have a juicer, try a blender.
- 2 handfuls of organic spinach
- 4 small seedless organic cucumbers
- 2 small sweet red apples
- slice of ginger
- tiny piece of turmeric
Add ice into blender, or juice and add ice later. Either way, this is refreshing, soothing and oh so healthy!
At less than 25 calories per glass, lemon water is a rich source of calcium potassium, vitamin C and pectin fibre. With traces of iron and vitamin A, this alkalizing and purifying morning cocktail packs a fabulous punch. The benefits of warm lemon water are far-reaching, and its therapeutic properties are rejuvenating and stimulating! Have you tried lemon water? Let me know in the comments below!