Whatever 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. Some of us late wakers, may probably be running between bathroom to kitchen, then out the door without thinking much about a healthy morning ritual. Unfortunately, after coming out of our sleepy states, our bodies night time work, of fixing, cleansing and repairing cells, need some hydration, to clean the residue of the body’s toxins and revive our body’s cells.
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. It may be 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.
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 the water you drink 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. That citrus burst of flavor in your water, may also motivate you to want to drink more.
Here are some reasons to drink some lemon water today and every day
1. Brain Boost
Lemon water is said to reduce headaches, help you think clearly, focus better and even increases brain power.
2. Mouth Freshener
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.
3. Heart And Blood Stabilizer
The American Heart Association claimed that lemon water can reduce your risk of getting a stroke. Lemon being one of the top seven sources of potassium, it also helps stabilize blood pressure.
4. Lung Cleanse
It helps your respiratory system stay in top function and reduces the accumulation of mucus or phlegm, so you can breathe easier and better.
5. Stomach Purifier
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 overall cleansing of your digestive and intestinal tracts and keeps your body from experiencing issues like constipation.
6. Liver Detox
It purifies and detoxes your entire system, which is done through optimizing the function of your liver.
7. Kidneys And Urinary Tracts Washer
Drinking lemon water can prevent urinary tract infections (UTI) and kidney stones.
8. Skin’s Youth Serum
It has also been said to reduce your body and skin’s natural aging effects, including reduction of 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.
9. Pain And Illnesses Fighter
Lemon water is also known to lower inflammation in the body, especially in your joints, reduce pain of most kinds and even reduce a high fever.
10. Healthier Lifestyle
If you’re trying to cut down on how much coffee you drink, make some hot lemon water the substitute to your everyday coffee. Lemon water is also known to manage those hangovers after a night of drinking and even boost your overall mood and emotional state. Funny enough, lemon juice was used to redden lips by the fashionable people in the Renaissance era.
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, oxygen and even stabilizes pH levels, to make you feel lighter, have more energy and be healthier overall.