If you’ve been following for a while, or have joined one of my programs before you’ll already be familiar with the benefits of lemon water.
But, if you’re new around here, and haven’t yet heard about the amazing impact that a simple glass of lemon water can have, then listen up!
I learned the lemon water health hack several years ago, and I can honestly say that it’s a game changer!
So what’s the deal?
When you add a generous squeeze of fresh lemon to your water and drink it first thing in the morning (pre-breakfast), your body accrues some pretty serious health benefits. Here’s the run down –
For starters, and not surprisingly, drinking water upon waking hydrates your system! I know, seems like no big deal, but it is! Staying hydrated is very important to keep your skin looking moisturized as well as keeping your energy levels up (even a small dip of 1.5% in hydration levels can result in feeling lethargic due to changes in blood pressure – not the way you want to start off your morning!).
Alka-wha? In a nutshell, our bodies turn our food into either an alkaline ash, or acidic ash after processing (imagine your body as a furnace burning it’s fuel and analyzing the remains of the fire pit against the pH scale). Foods that leave acidic byproducts (like sugar, alcohol, caffeine, meat & grains) leave us feeling tired, as well as contribute to the leaching of stored minerals from our bodies in an attempt to neutralize the ash (these are the same minerals that are needed for strong bones, strong nails and healthy looking hair!). Alkaline forming foods, including lemon (I know, it’s not very intuitive because it seems acidic before we eat it) and other fruits and veggies (especially green ones) actually contribute to more energy, and overall health because neutralization (read: extra work for the body) isn’t required!
Okay, I may be over promising a bit on this one (#busted). But, if you are replacing your morning cuppa OJ or sugary coffee with lemon water, you’re going to be saving a bunch of liquid calories and still give yourself the energy (without the blood sugar crash, I may add). Furthermore, drinking water (with or without lemon) promotes a healthy metabolism which helps to burn fuel efficiently. What’s more, is that in order for our bodies to properly lose weight, we need to rid the body of an excess build up of toxins, see more details on this topic below…
As you likely already know, the Vitamin C component of lemons is sky high! What you may not already know is that Vitamin C (amongst other minerals found in lemons) is a precursor to collagen which is required for keeping the skin looking taut and firm. If you want that youthful glow, guzzle up my friends!
Do you know that digestion is the primary system in the body that promotes overall health? If your digestion is shot (hint: you’re bloated, you’re not pooping 1-2 x/day. you’ve got heartburn or you feel heavy after meals), you’re likely not feeling your best (whether you realize it or not). The cool thing about lemon water is that you are stimulating your liver enzymes to promote overall digestion and therefore, promoting the natural detoxification process. This may be tmi, but it’s not unlikely to have a bowel movement immediately following your morning lemon water…
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