This tip of the week is inspired by my stay here in Rishikesh India. Every morning before our yoga practice we are greeted with a warm lemon water. So I decided to share with you the benefits of such ritual
10 Reasons Why You Should Drink Warm Lemon Water in the Morning
1. Boosts your immune system
Lemons are high in vitamin C, witch is great for fighting colds. They are high in potassium, witch stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.
2. Balances pH
Drink lemon water every day and you will reduce your body’s overall acidity. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around. Yes lemons have citric acid but it doesn’t create acidity in the body once metabolized.
3. Helps with weight loss
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, witch helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster.
4. Promotes digestion
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.
5. It is a diuretic
Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which helps purify it. Toxins are released at faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clears the skin
The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Warm lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. You can apply it directly to scars to help reduce their apperance.
7. Freshens breath
Not only that, it can also help relive tooth pain and gingivitis. Carefull though….the citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so monitor the amount you are drinking.
8. Relives respiratory problems
Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and coughs. It’s known to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies as well.
9. Keeps you zen
Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when you are under stress.
10. Helps kick the coffee habit
After taking a glass of warm lemon water, you will have less craving for coffee in the morning.
So why does the water have to be warm not cold? Cold water likely provides a shock or stress factor to the body. Your body has to expell energy to process the cold water.
Here is a simple recipe for you to try…..
1 cup of warm spring water and the juice from half of organic lemon.