Drinking warm lemon water in the morning helps kick start the digestion process for the day. Experts say the choices that you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to disease or tear it down.
There are many health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries. The two biggest are lemons’ strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances — notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene — that promote immunity and fight infection.
How to do it: Use purified water that should be lukewarm, not scalding hot. Avoid ice cold water, since that can be a lot for your body to process and it takes more energy to process ice cold water than the warm. Always use fresh lemons, never bottled lemon juice. Squeeze 1/2 a lemon into a cup and drink it down first thing before you eat a single thing, or workout, etc.
• Aids digestion. Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. Its atomic composition is similar to saliva and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices. 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 toxins in the digestive tract. The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, belching and bloating. The American Cancer Society actually recommends offering warm lemon water to cancer sufferers to help stimulate bowel movements.
• Cleanses the system/is a diuretic. 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 helps maximise enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification.
• Boosts the immune system. Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) found in lemons demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects, and is used as complementary support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms; plus it enhances iron absorption in the body. Iron plays an important role in immune function. Lemons also contain saponins, which show anti-microbial properties that may help keep cold and flu at bay. Lemons also reduce the amount of phlegm produced by the body.
• Balances pH levels. Lemons are one of the most alkalising foods for the body. Sure, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies, they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolised). Lemons contain both citric and ascorbic acid. Weak acids are easily metabolised from the body, allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalise the blood. Diseased states only occur 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.
• Clears skin. The vitamin C component, as well as other antioxidants, helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes and it helps to combat free radical damage. 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 the blood, it would also be helping to keep your skin clear of blemishes from the inside out. The vitamin C contained in the lemon rejuvenates the skin from within your body.
• Energises and enhances your mood. The energy a human receives from food comes from the atoms and molecules in his 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 energising properties. The smell of lemon juice can brighten your mood and help clear your mind. Lemon can also help reduce anxiety and depression.
• Promotes healing. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), found in abundance in lemons, promotes wound healing, and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage. As noted previously, vitamin C also displays anti-inflammatory properties. Combined, vitamin C is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of good health and recovery from stress and injury.
• Freshens 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 you should be mindful of this. Do not brush your teeth just after drinking your lemon water. It is 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.
• Hydrates the lymph system. Warm water and lemon juice support 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.
• Aids in weight loss. Lemons are high in pectin fibre, which helps fight hunger cravings. Studies have shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet do, in fact, lose weight faster. Start off your day in right manner by making a health- conscious choice to drink warm lemon water first thing every morning.
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