Have you heard of lemon water and all the amazing benefits you get from drinking it? It’s such an easy step to throw into my morning routine, and it makes a BIG difference in my energy levels and how I feel during the day. Plus, I count it towards my daily water total!
Lemon Water Benefits
- Glowing skin – Lemons are full of vitamin C which is a potent antioxidant. The antioxidants in lemon water help to rid the body of free-radicals and toxins that can lead to dull, flakey and acne-prone skin. When we can eliminate these toxins from our bodies, we experience clearer, healthier and glowing skin.
- Aids in digestion – Lemon water has a similar structure to stomach acid, which makes it a great addition to our diet to help us digest food. As we age, our stomach may produce less stomach acid, which could make it harder for some to digest certain foods. Lemon water also plays a part in cleansing the liver. This causes the liver to release toxins and promote natural bowel movements. When our digestive system can effectively digest food and eliminate toxins, our whole body functions better.
- Weight Loss – Lemons contain fibrous pulp called pectin. Pectin helps to slow your digestion and keep you fuller, longer. When we add lemon water to our daily routine, it helps by eliminating excess weight (in the form of toxins), and by adding more water to our diet. This is beneficial towards weight loss, because sometimes when we think we’re hungry, we are actually thirsty. Lemon water can also replace of your morning juice or coffee both of which are filled with extra calories.
- Boosts Energy – When we wake up in the morning, our body is dehydrated and needs water to replenish what was lost overnight. Luckily, lemons contain essential minerals and electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium and copper that help hydrate our cells, tissues and organs. These minerals and electrolytes quickly replenish our body’s water reserves and gives us a nice energy boost. Plus who could forget about the big dose of Vitamin C!
- Balance pH – Think back to Chemistry class when you were experimenting with pH levels, acids and bases. Lemon water raises your body’s pH levels making our bodies more alkaline (or basic). Why is this important? When your body has a low pH (more acidic), it causes a toxic internal environment which can lead to weight problems, obesity, allergies, fatigue, cancer, heart disease, as well as other ailments and diseases. When your body has a high pH, it can fight off diseases more easily.
- Want more scientific info? Check out this article
How to pick the perfect lemon
- Look for lemons that are fully yellow. If they have a slight green color to them, they are not ripe enough, won’t be as juicy.
- Lemons with thin skin (or rind) are the juiciest. While holding a lemon in your hand, give it a slight squeeze. If the rind is too hard to squeeze or if the rind looks bulky, the lemon won’t be as juicy.
- While we are on the topic of lemons, do you know just how beneficial lemons are to your health? Take a second to check out this amazing article that contains 15 health benefits of lemons from my friends over at Health Ambition.
How to make lemon water
- Squeeze ½ to 1 full lemon into a glass (If you are new to lemon water, I suggest starting with half).
- Fill your glass with 12-16 ounces of room temperature or warm water. If you don’t like warm water, you can do cold water, but warm water is easier on your digestive system.
- The best time of day to drink lemon water is after you wake up and 15-30 minutes before you eat breakfast or have coffee. By drinking lemon water on an empty stomach and it is waking up your digestive system and helping to draw out stored toxins that have accumulated in your body during sleep. Even though you get the biggest benefit from drinking lemon water upon waking, lemon water is very beneficial to our digestive system and can be consumed at anytime of the day.
IN A RUSH? Try this
- You can make your lemon water ahead of time by adding fresh lemon juice to a pitcher of water. You can play with the lemon to water ratio, but a good rule of thumb is ½ lemon to 12-16 ounces of water. Each morning, pour yourself a glass and warm it in the microwave.
- You can also put your lemon juice in an ice cube tray and freeze it. Then, each morning you can put an ice cube in a glass and add warm/hot water.
So what do you think?
Are you going to try adding lemon water to your morning routine? I’d love to hear your thoughts on adding it to your routine. Leave me a comment or contact me here!