I read somewhere on a social site that warm water tinged with lemon is a ‘must’ for good health; that there are benefits to be gained from drinking these two combined. It’s really a simple tip; have a cup of warm/hot water with the juice of half a lemon first thing every morning, and before taking in any coffee or food. It’s so easy to follow, right? And yet, wouldn’t it be wonderful to actually know exactly what to expect from consuming the concoction? And later, to actually ‘feel‘ the benefits?
Let’s see what the experts tells us about the benefits of water and lemon:
- Boosts our immune system and lowers the risks for certain ailments, in such a way that Vitamin C in lemons help fight colds; and potassium (also found in lemons) stimulates our brain and nerve function and also helps control our blood pressure. In addition, vitamin C helps prevent coronary heart disease, and lowers our risk for stroke, cataracts and gout. This antioxidant vitamin also may help lower cancer risk when consumed via fresh fruits.
- Balances pH (pH stands for “potential hydrogen”. If our body is too acidic we do not have enough oxygen available for our body cells to stay healthy. When our body is getting enough minerals from our diet to stay alkaline, our blood can function normally – delivering oxygen to the cells throughout our body, and carrying away acidic waste to be disposed. Lemons are said to be an incredibly alkaline food; they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). We should know that an alkaline body is really the key to better health.
- Aids in digestion owing to the hot water which stimulates the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis – the succession of waves of involuntary muscular contraction of various bodily tubes, especially of the alimentary tract, where it effects transport of food and waste products. Lemons are high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama – which is the sticky waste-product of digestion that builds up in the digestive tract when our digestion is either weak or overloaded with the wrong foods, or toxins, in the digestive tract.
- Helps with weight loss – How? Water is a natural appetite suppressant and lemons helps fight hunger cravings because of its high pectin fiber, and those who maintain an alkaline diet loses weight faster. Lemon also increases acidity of our digestive system, which helps us to better absorb calcium. Calcium absorption, in turn, also helps us lose weight because calcium is stored in fat cells. The more calcium we have in our fat cells, the easier it is to stimulate their burn.
- Lemon is a natural detoxifier, and combined with exercise, good diet, plenty of sleep and a lot of water, can slow the aging process and help cleanse the system because it flushes out unwanted materials.
- Makes the skin clear and more youthful – owing to the vitamin C which helps to decrease blemishes and wrinkles and purges toxins from the blood thereby helping in keeping the skin clear.
- Hydrates the lymph system; meaning, starting the day with warm water and lemon combined helps keep our body well hydrated and prevents adrenal fatigue (deep dehydration) as well. When our body is well hydrated, it can perform its functions properly. It is worth noting that our body stores more fat when we are dehydrated because our kidneys need help from our liver to function when our body is in such a state; hampering the liver’s ability to burn fat. Because water is a natural appetite suppressant, being dehydrated, could bring about feelings of hunger.
- Lemons may help reduce cellulite because they stimulate blood flow to our skin and help our body flush out waste.
- Lemon also boosts our body’s ability to metabolize fat.
One lemon gives 30.7 mg vitamin C, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The recommended daily amount is 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men.
Together with the benefits stated above, people who consume more vitamin C are said to have more efficient digestive systems than those who don’t; so, shouldn’t we consider swapping our standard cup of coffee for a glass of hot water and lemon first thing in the morning? ^_^