You've been told that you should drink warm lemon water every day, but do you know exactly what warm lemon water can do for your body? Every morning I make a mug of warm lemon water (or lime) for each person before breakfast and my kids eagerly look forward to this! This helps re-hydrate our bodies, kick start our metabolism for the day and assists the liver & digestive system. This is important as our bodies are literally fasting while we sleep and in mild state of dehydration. Warm water & lemon juice helps replace fluids within minutes of drinking it and a great way to start the day with a clear head and energy. Packed with amazing goodness, start the habit to begin your day with a glass of warm lemon water! Its cleansing and healing effects will have wonderful effects on your health in the long run. If you do not have access to lemons... limes will work just as well in its place!
5 Reasons to Drink a Daily Mug of Lemon WaterLemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral, immune-boosting powers which build immunity and fight infection. They are high in vitamins (especially Vitamin C), minerals, citric acid, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, bioflavonoids and pectin. One lemon water a day...
Aids the Digestive SystemLemon juice does not flush the body, but helps the liver & kidneys do their daily cleaning job by producing the acids we need for good digestion. Lemons turn alkaline when digested by the body and can help relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, acid reflux and bloating. It helps balance the calcium & oxygen levels in the liver... in the case of a heartburn, taking a glass of pure lemon juice and water can give relief. The citric acid help to produce enzymes and the high vitamin & mineral content help move toxins in the digestive tract.
Builds up the Immune SystemHigh in antioxidants and Vitamin C, drinking lemon water regularly is one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective ways to boost the immune system and fight off disease & illness! It helps prevent the growth & multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases. Lemons are anti-inflammatory and we all know that inflammation can cause a lot of health problems. People with asthma and other respiratory symptoms would benefit greatly from drinking lemon water daily! Lemons are also high in potassium, which simulates brain and nerve function & control blood pressure.
Balances the pH LevelsMost people mistaken lemons to be acid when they are really one of the most alkalizing foods for the body, bringing it back to a balanced state. When we are over acidic (from too much processed foods, sugar, caffeine, ect), our bodies are vulnerable to disease & sickness and no disease or sickness can survive in an alkaline body! Drinking lemon water regularly can help remove high acidity in the body, which helps reduce pain & inflammation in the joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid. It also helps with weight loss by keeping our blood more alkaline. The body is very sluggish and slow when high acid state, which makes it very difficult to lose weight.
Promotes HealingIf we keep our immune system strong, we can heal more quickly. The vitamin C, found abundance in lemons, helps heal wounds quickly and takes care of all the tissue in the body... including bones and cartilages. Vitamin C also help with recovery from stress and anxiety, which can elevate during the holiday season!
Clears the SkinWe all know vitamin C is fantastic for healthy skin! The ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) is the key to the production of collagen, a protein which help the growth of new cells and blood vessels to give the skin its firmness & strength. It also helps our skin to repair itself by creating scar tissue & ligaments. The Vitamin C contained in lemons rejuvenates the skin from inside out and prevents the formation of wrinkles & acne, giving us that vibrant glow we all want as we age!
How to Prepare the Lemon Water
Use purified water at room-temperature or warm. Do not make it hot, unless you are battling sickness. This is very important to maximize the positive effects. For one mug, squeeze in the juice of half a lemon (if using a small lime, I usually juice the whole thing). Add warm water and taste. If its too strong, you can water it down or lightly sweeten it with raw honey.Knowing that lemons and limes aren't always available you can buy as many as you can in season and juice them into ice-cube trays. One ice cube can be stretched into 2 or 3 glasses, depending on strong or weak you like your tea. Simply pour warm water over the frozen lemon or lime juice and let it melt before drinking. If you start to feel something yucky coming over you... make a big batch of lemon tea and drink it throughout the day. You will find it very comforting for sore throats (drink it very warm to soothe the throat). With added honey, it helps decrease coughing and gives you a overall sense of strength to knock down the sickness quickly.