Not only does freshly squeezed lemon juice instantly transform any dish by brightening it up with a delicious tangy essence, but lemons are, believe it or not, incredibly alkaline.
This means they help balance your pH levels, which is important for keeping your body healthy and functioning at its best. And when it comes to boosting the body’s digestive and detox system, lemons are a natural powerhouse. They are absolutely packed with nutrients and have strong antiviral, antibacterial and immune boosting powers. Incorporating even the smallest amount of lemon juice or zest (naturally from an organic lemon) has its benefits.
A great way to start reaping its benefits of lemon is to jump start your day with a glass of warm lemon water. Not only does it provide you with much needed hydration, but after a hopefully good nights sleep, it kick starts your digestive system into action.
The benefits are many, but here are 5 reasons why I think you may want to start adding lemon water to your morning ritual:
1 Lemon juice is loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. These two things really give your body a health boost.
Antioxidants have been shown to have amazing anti-aging and anti-cancer properties, as well as protect the cells from damage from free radicals. Free radicals are what cause the breakdown of various tissues in the body, skin being one of them.
Vitamin C boosts your immune system, helps with the absorption of iron from plant-based foods (important for vegetarian diets), and aids in the production of collagen. Collagen gives skin it’s strength, structure, and plumpness and protects it from absorbing toxins.
2 Drinking lemon and water improves digestion and promotes regularity. The citric acid stimulates digestion and enhances the body’s ability to naturally flush toxins and unwanted waste products out of the body. The flavonoids support healthy digestion so that the stomach can effectively break down food, consequently reducing the chance of indigestion or constipation. All of which is important for keeping your skin clear and beautiful. Yes, it helps make your skin glow! The health of your digestive system and your liver is directly related to the health of your skin. Give it a try and see for yourself!
3 It’s detoxifying. Our liver is used to filter everything we consume and neutralize toxins, whether toxins come from the air we breathe or the foods we eat. Lemon water helps enhance the liver’s enzyme function, which aids in the cleansing and detoxifying of the liver. The liver is one of the most vital organs and absolutely essential to our health and well-being, so it’s crucial that we keep it running clean and efficient so it can function as intended.
4 Helps increase alkalinity to balance pH levels. An overly acidic body can become a magnet for disease. Cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment. Drinking lemon juice aids in making the body more alkaline, giving your body more health and energy — just as important are vegetables, be it, root, cruciferous or leafy greens.
5 Encourages adequate hydration. Drinking lemon water, whether hot, warm or at room temperature, is one of those little things that can easily be incorporated into our daily routines – one that can have long term benefits. It’s low in calories and is a nutritious way to add refreshing flavor to plain water — without resorting to sugary fruit juices! It’s something that will hopefully encourage all of us to drink more water and keep hydrated. And keeping hydrated is also great for maintaining a healthy body and great skin!
It’s easy to get started and if the lemony taste isn’t your thing, you can also add a little honey, fresh grated ginger or mint leaves for a little extra flavor (and vitamin) boost.
To fully realize the positive benefits, I recommend drinking the lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach at least 15 before having breakfast. Try this for at least two weeks every morning and see how it is making you feel. I’ll bet you’ll notice a difference!
The amount of lemon depends on how much you can tolerate and of course, personal taste. I recommend starting with the juice of 1/4 to 1/2 of a lemon. You can of course dilute the lemon juice more, depending on your taste. Personally, I always drink a large glass of hot or warm water with the juice of 1/2 a lemon and sometimes I add some freshly grated ginger.