Whether you're cleansing or not, your morning rituals are more important than you may realize. The first thing you put in your body will affect your entire day. As tempting and delicious as that first aroma of fresh roasted columbian drip can be, I have a dare for you:
Hot water with lemon.
Of course this won't be easy. But the benefits both inside and out might shock you:
1) Happy Digestion
Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. Lemons are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract. Fight that nasty heartburn, belching and bloating - naturally. Did you know the American Cancer Society actually recommends offering warm lemon water to cancer sufferers to help stimulate bowel movements?
2) Easy Cleanse
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials in part because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Therefore toxins are released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy. The citric acid in lemons stimulates the liver and aids in that much needed detox, which is such an affordable and healthy diuretic!
3) Immune Boost
Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Blood pressure, asthma, or iron deficiency issues? Lemons have your back, as they help regulate each of these. Lemons even reduce the amount of phlegm produced by the body.
4) pH Balance
Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Sure, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they work the opposite way. Disease occurs when the body pH is acidic. Drinking lemon water regularly can help to remove overall acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints, which is one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation.
5) Clear Skin
Wrinkles, blemishes, and free radicals - oh my! Vitamin C is vital for healthy glowing skin while its alkaline nature kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne. It can actually be applied directly to scars or age spots to help reduce their appearance. Since lemon water purges toxins from your blood, it would also be helping to keep your skin clear of blemishes from the inside out. Start sipping to rejuvenate from the inside out!
6) Energy & Mood Swings
The energy a human receives from food comes from the atoms and molecules in your food. A reaction occurs when the positive charged ions from food enter the digestive tract and interact with the negative charged enzymes. Lemon is one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions, providing your body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract. The scent of lemon also has mood enhancing and energizing properties. The smell of lemon juice can brighten your mood and help clear your mind. Lemon can even help reduce anxiety and depression.
Vitamin C, which lemons are loaded with, promotes wound healing, and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage. Its also an essential nutrient in the recovery from stress and injury, which we all need.
8) Fresh Breath
Besides fresher breath, lemons have been known to help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. Be aware that citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so be aware. Avoid brushing your teeth just after drinking your lemon water. It's best to brush your teeth first, then drink your lemon water, or wait a significant amount of time after to brush your teeth. Additionally, you can rinse your mouth with purified water after you finish your lemon water.
9) Hydrated Lymph System
Warm water and lemon juice supports the immune system by hydrating and replacing fluids lost by your body. When your body is deprived of water, you can definitely feel the side effects, which include: feeling tired, sluggish, decreased immune function, constipation, lack of energy, low/high blood pressure, lack of sleep, lack of mental clarity and feeling stressed, just to name a few.
10) Weight Loss!
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. Studies have shown people who maintain a more alkaline diet, do in fact lose weight faster. I personally find myself making better choices throughout the day, if I start my day off right, by making a health conscious choice to drink warm lemon water first thing every morning.
Anyone else reaching for their yellow friend right now too? This might be the best dare you've ever accepted. Time to drink up!