Oh the wonders of the humble lemon! Where do I begin? This one simple change I made to my daily routine, had far reaching impacts on my health. What is it, I hear you ask? A glass of warm water with lemon first thing in the morning. It’s a simple little ‘clean’ trick I read about some years back, and I now see popping up wherever I look these days. Not surprisingly so.
Given that this little guy plays such an important role in my day, this blog would not be complete without laying bear the health benefits of having this cleansing tonic upon rising. Here’s to name but a few…
- It helps to flush out of toxins by enhancing enzyme function and stimulating your liver (some studies claim the liver can make more enzymes out of lemon juice than any other food)
- It aids digestion – the warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis (the muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving) and encourages the production of bile
- It balances pH levels in the body – acidic on it’s own, but inside our bodies it’s alkaline and an alkaline body is key to good health
- Reduces inflammation – drunk on a regular basis, it will decrease the acidity in your body and removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation
- It boosts your immune system and your brain – lemons are high in vitamin C and potassium: vitamin C we know id great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure
- It fights viral infections – Warm lemon water is a powerful antibacterial and the most effective way to diminish viral infections
- It aids weight loss – lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings
- Is great for skin – the vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes and lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well
After adopting the morning practice, I experienced significant changes in just one week and radical changes after just one month. My digestion improved almost overnight, I was no longer falling victim to every bug that passed through the office at work and my skin had never looked better.
So clear were the impacts on my body and the way I felt, I could truly no longer imagine my day without it.