I am not a coffee person (and what is more I do not believe in its power to awaken your body). Luckily, there is a way to start the day fresh and energized – lemon water – a simple healthy drink packed with amazing detoxing and energy-boosting benefits.
For starters, drinking water on an empty stomach will purify your colon, enabling better absorption of nutrients all throughout the day and fire up your metabolism. On the other hand, lemon offers plenty of essential nutrients like calcium, iron, potassium, vitamins C, A and B-complex and pectin fiber, and has well-recognized immunity-boosting and antibacterial properties.
Mixed together, water and lemon make up the perfect drink that will give you that morning feeling of wellness you’ve been looking for so long! I will be honest with you that now, during winter time I do not practice my ‘lemon-morning’ same frequently like in Summer (my bad… by writing this post I will try to be more solid) 😉 )
Here are the top 7 health benefits of lemon water:
1) Helps digestion
Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning will help flush toxins and other metabolic waste products from the digestive system, rehydrate the body and encourage healthy bowel movements. The result? A highly efficient metabolism, smooth digestion and a minimized risk of constipation, diarrhea, bloating and heartburn.
2) Boosts immunity
Lemons are famous for their abundance with vitamin C. Our bodies use a variety of antioxidant vitamins to stay healthy and ward off unwelcome visitors and vitamin C is one of the most efficient bacteria killer to be found.
3) Revitalizes skin
Thanks to its ability to purify internal organs and stimulate the growth of new blood cells, lemon water can help your skin become smooth and clear. In addition, the antioxidants found in lemon will delay the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes and skin spots by reducing the skin damage caused by free radicals.
4) Helps maintain healthy weight
Regularly consuming warm lemon water can definitely accelerate your weight loss efforts and help you maintain a healthy weight, as long as you make sure to adopt a few other healthy habits as well. For example, a group of German researchers found that an increased consumption of water can temporarily boost the metabolic rate up to 30% for both men and women. Furthermore, since lemon contains pectin fiber, it can help you curb hunger cravings and enjoy a prolonged feeling of satiety.
5) Controls blood pressure
Struggling to keep your blood pressure stable? Then step away from the coffee machine and treat yourself with a lemon-enriched glass of water instead. It can help control high blood pressure by hydrating and cleansing the lymphatic system. Lemons are also abundant with potassium, a key mineral which helps lower blood pressure by reversing the negative effects of sodium.
6) Boosts energy levels
Unfortunately, the energy boost we usually get from caffeine is rather short-lived, it’s dehydrating and stresses your adrenals. On the other side, natural drinks such as lemon water treat our bodies well and can offer us ‘clean’ energy boosts and increased mental clarity. The nutrients contained in lemon water will naturally enhance your energy levels and improve your mood by hydrating and oxygenating the body.
7) Eliminates bad breath
The acidic contents present in lemon prevent the growth of bacteria, cleanse the mouth and stimulate the production of saliva, which will flush out any remaining bacteria in the mouth. Lemon will also remove the white coating which forms on the tongue during sleep and consists of food debris, bacteria and dead cells and is also responsible for causing bad breath.
As you can see, the health benefits of lemon water are pretty much endless. And all you need to do in order to reap them is cut a lemon in halves, squeeze its juice in a glass of lukewarm water/or with mineral water and consume it at least half an hour before your breakfast.
Enjoy the new day!