The way you start off your day really matters. I know for a fact if I wake up late and don’t get a workout in before work, I tend to feel sluggish, lazy and most of all want to reach for bad food choices, which inevitably ruins my day. I am the type of person who needs to start their day off on the right foot and one of my staples is drinking warm lemon water. I don’t drink caffeine, the only beverages I drink are water, my teas (all caffeine free) lemon water and one that I can’t forget and helps keep me sane…bubbly!
Before I do anything in the morning, I down a mug of warm lemon water to get my body moving. Not only is it a refreshing way to start of your morning, drinking lemon water has major health benefits!
1.Boosts you’re immune system
Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain & nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
2. Balances pH
Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, 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). As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health.
.3. Helps with weight loss
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. And, my experience is that when I start the day off right, it’s easier to make the best choices for myself the rest of the day.
4. Aids digestion
The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.
5. Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clears skin
The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. You will see a difference with this one. Crazy I know, but I could tell just after a week of drinking lemon water!
The recipe is simple, coffee mug of warm water with half of a squeezed lemon. I tend to put lemon water in my bottle water as well, to sip on throughout the day..it’s very refreshing!
Trust me you will feel amazing after adopting this simple, easy routine that helps boost your health inside and out.
Try it for a month and you will see a difference and probably will look at mornings a bit differently too. Just take 10 minutes out of your mornings to do this for yourself. Take it one step further and drink this and then do 30 minutes of your favorite cardio activity to really get your body and mind off to the right start!