What’s the first thing you do every morning? Is it something constructive? Is it something that will improve your health? Is it something that will set you up for the best day possible? Now is the time you take charge of your life!
I start EVERY morning with a glass of warm lemon water.
It doesn’t matter where I wake up, I could be across the planet, I still start my day with warm lemon water and here’s why…
1. Boosts your immune system and fights infections.
Lemon juice is packed with tons nutrients, vitamins, and minerals such as vitamin C, B-complex, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium.
- Vitamin C and iron fight colds and infections.
- Potassium improves your heart health, reduces blood pressure, and stimulates your brain and nerve functions.
- Saponins (a class of chemical compounds) exhibit antimicrobial properties that fight infections such as sore throats and respiratory problems.
2. Aids in digestion.
Lemon juice aids digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive track and helping the liver produce bile, a necessary component to breakdown fat. Lemon juice is also known to relieve symptoms such as heartburn, intestinal gas, burping, and bloating.
3. Cleanses and detoxifies.
Lemon juice is a natural diuretic. Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which in turn increases the rate of cleansing and detoxification of trapped toxins. Lemon juice also increases your body’s enzyme function to cleanse your liver, kidneys, and blood.
4. Freshens your breath.
Lemon juice freshens your breath as well as relieves tooth pain and gingivitis! Because lemons are acidic and have the potential to erode tooth enamel, be sure to brush your teeth prior to drinking lemon juice OR wait at least 30 minutes after. You can always drink lemon juice with a straw or swish water after you drink it to gently rinse off leftover residue.
5. Provides everlasting energy.
In an odd yet exciting chemical reaction between negative ions and the digestive system, lemon juice physically provides your body with energy just by consuming it. Furthermore, the scent of lemons has also been proven to enhance one’s mood and increase energy levels. Time to get sniffing!
6. Reduces disgusting mucus and phlegm.
No one likes waking up with a head filled of mucus and phlegm…gross! If your diet includes dairy products (which have been proven to increase the production of mucus in the body) then lemon water may be exactly what you need!
7. Clears skins and keeps you zit-free.
The vitamin C found in lemon juice decreases wrinkles and blemishes as well as fights against free radical damage. You can even apply lemon juice directly to a scar or blemish for fast-acting treatment!
8. Makes you skinny!
Lemon juice contains citric acid (vitamin c) and pectin fiber, which assist in fat burning and hunger cravings, respectively. Time to add lemon juice to your morning regiment!
9. Alkalizes (aka balances) your body’s chemistry.
Although acidic, lemon juice actually alkalizes the body’s chemistry. What exactly does alkalize mean? It means that lemon juice helps your body restore itself to a more balanced state. Do you remember studying pH levels in grade school? Lemon juice helps restore your body to the correct pH level.
10. Reduces pain and inflammation.
Pain and inflammation are frequently caused by too much acidity in the body. We have learned that lemon juice alkalizes the body (see #9) and therefore, by doing so, relieves the pain and inflammation associated with having a body in an acidic state.
11. Fights cancer!
Lemon juice is filled with limonoid glucosides. Limonoid glucosides are a flavonoid compound with anti-carcinogentic properties. Basically, lemon juice fights cancer!
12. Rehydrates your lymph system.
Do you ever feel tired or sluggish? Do you feel like you are lacking energy and don’t know why? Are you constipated? Are you confused? Are you always sick? You need to hydrate! Lemon juice rehydrates your lymphatic system by replacing fluids lost by your body’s natural processes. By replacing these fluids, the symptoms mentioned above will magically start to fade. Don’t believe me? Try it out!
If all of that doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will. Lemon juice is an AMAZING, LIFE-CHANGING tool for the body. If you want to improve your health in the easiest of ways, start each day with a glass of warm lemon water. It’s that simple!
Begin each morning with one glass of warm water and the juice from half a lemon. Make this the first thing you do every morning! Do this before you eat or drink anything else. This is the one time of the day that your digestive system is completely pure. Think of it as a lemon juice bath for your insides 🙂 Make sure to use warm (not hot, nor cold) water, as extreme temperatures are difficult for your body to regulate and therefore cause extra work on your digestive system.
There you have it. The health benefits of lemon water are simply outstanding! It’s time to go juice!