What we do first thing after waking up in the morning is what sets the theme for how the rest of the day may go, whether it is what we think, eat, or drink.
After coming out of our sleepy states – post the night-long work of fixing, cleansing, and repairing cells – our bodies need some hydration to clean the residue of the body’s toxins and revive its cells.
It is advisable to drink warm water instead of cold water in the morning as it fuels our systems a lot easier and processes functions better, too.
So, why not add a twist of lemon to that morning gulp of water? All you need to do is fill a 1-liter bottle with warm, cold, or room-temperature water and add about 4 slices of lemon to it. That citrus burst of flavor in your water, may also motivate you to want to drink more.
Our bodies are made up of around 60% water; however, we do not drink enough to keep our body’s water content at a healthy level. To counter this, adding some lemon slices to your daily dose of water can help your body’s cells get hydrated, absorb lemon’s natural and needed nutrients of vitamin C, limonene, citric acid, fiber, calcium, antioxidants like flavonoids, potassium, magnesium, pectin, and iron.
Here are some more reasons to drink some lemon water today and every day.
Lemon water is said to reduce headaches, help you think clearly, focus better, and even increase brain power.
Just drinking lemon water or even making your own antiseptic mouthwash with lemon juice in it can help keep your breath fresh by killing bad bacteria built up in your mouth. Lemon stimulates saliva and helps to reverse dry mouth when consumed with water.
The American Heart Association claimed that lemon water can reduce the risk of getting a stroke. Lemon being one of the top seven sources of potassium, it also helps stabilize blood pressure.
It helps your respiratory system stay in top function and reduce the accumulation of mucus or phlegm so that you can breathe easier and better.
Having just a 500-ml glass of water with lemon first thing in the morning can improve your digestion and energy levels for the whole day. It also keeps you from getting hungry too easily, as it fills you up for longer. It further promotes the overall cleansing of your digestive and intestinal tracts and keeps your body from experiencing issues like constipation.
It purifies and detoxes your entire system, which is done by optimizing your liver function.
Drinking lemon water can prevent urinary tract infections (UTI) and kidney stones. Citric acid in lemons may help prevent calcium kidney stones. UW Health recommends increasing citric acid intake to decrease your risk of getting new calcium stones.
It has also been said to reduce your body and skin’s natural aging effects, including reducing wrinkles and making you look younger. A few drops of lemon juice rubbed all over your skin can also act as a natural insect repellent.
Lemon water is known to lower inflammation in the body, especially in your joints, reduce pains of most kinds, and even reduce a high fever.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition showed that polyphenol antioxidants found in lemons significantly reduced weight gain caused by a high-fat diet in mice. In addition, insulin resistance was improved. If you’re trying to cut down on the amount of coffee you drink, use some hot lemon water as a substitute. In terms of overall physical health, it regulates your metabolic rates, strengthens your immune system to prevent diseases, and helps burn calories as there are only 4 calories in a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. It also gives your body its needed hydration and oxygen and even stabilizes the pH levels to make you feel lighter, have more energy, and be healthier overall.