By Lilly Castro LMT, MLD, CHHC
We are always looking for ways to improve our lives. This natural and easy to make drink is hailed for its beneficial effects on your overall health—from boosting the digestive system and immunity to encouraging natural cleansing.
1. Boosts you’re immune system
Lemons are jam-packed with potassium, vitamins B and C, calcium, magnesium, antioxidants, and iron. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
2. Balances pH
Because of the high mineral content, lemons are alkaline. As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized).
3. Aids weight loss
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. And, my experience is that when I start the day off right, it’s easier to make the best choices for myself the rest of the day.
4. Aids digestion
The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis, the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemon water also helps relieve bloating and gas.
5. Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted substances, because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate, which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clears skin
Vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.
7. Hydrates the lymph system
This cup of goodness helps start the day on a hydrated note, which helps prevent dehydration (obviously) and adrenal fatigue. When your body is dehydrated or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue), it can’t perform all of its proper functions, which leads to toxic buildup, stress, constipation, and the list goes on. Your adrenals happen to be two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and along with your thyroid, create energy. They also secrete important hormones, including aldosterone, a hormone secreted by your adrenals that regulates water levels and the concentration of minerals, like sodium, in your body, helping you stay hydrated. Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response. So, the bottom line is, you want to stay hydrated!
Adopting just this one practice of drinking a cup of warm water with lemon in the morning for a month can radically alter your experience of the day. Don’t be surprised if you begin to view mornings in a new light.
Here’s How I Use Lemon Juice Every Day
1. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 to 1 whole lemon in one cup of warm water first thing in the morning (on an empty stomach).
2. Wait 30 minutes before eating breakfast, as this will ensure your body gets the most energy and nutrients from the food you eat. Use fresh lemons (preferably organic and locally grown and never lemon concentrate) and mineral-rich, filtered water.
3. Water temperature should be luke-warm—not too hot, not too cold. Boiling water will destroy some of the enzymatic properties of fresh lemon, while cold water will hinder its digestive benefits.
It might take a little getting used to, but before you know it, you’ll be looking forward to this refreshing elixir. And even if you find you don’t end up acquiring a taste for it, the health benefits alone will inspire you to keep going.