For years, my grandmother has been drinking hot water with lemon instead of tea or coffee. When she first started drinking it and ordering it at restaurants, she would add on “all the young folks are drinking it these days”. Back then, it was a bit of a stretch, but now, it seems to ring true.
My best friend sent me a message the other day to tell me she had read an article in Whole Living magazine that spoke of the benefits of drinking warm water with lemon first thing in the morning. In her words, “it changed my perspective on the whole day”. And truthfully, it really does. A few months ago, I did a three week diet detox, and each morning I kicked started my digestion with lemon water. Lemon water helped to decrease sluggishness in my body (yup, I’m talking digestion) and fogginess in my mind. I literally felt more awake after each glass.
So here are my top three reasons to give it a try:
1) Digestive aid: Lemons help to trigger digestion by stimulating the gastrointestinal tract and flushing toxins from the body. Warm water helps to further aid this process. Warmer liquids are easier for the body to digest and process than cold water, because they trigger rather than shut down the digestive system enzymes.
2) Healing Properties: Lemons are high in Vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system, is a powerful antioxidant, and is believed to reduce heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes, and asthma. It also balances the pH level in the body by reducing acidity. Even though lemons are a citric acid, they become alkaline in the body, thus reducing the overall acidity.
3) Hydration: By adding the lemons to water, you are getting an extra bit of hydration early in the morning. Hydration is directly related to our ability to focus and concentrate – the brain needs to be hydrated in order to fire properly. When we start the day with high amounts of caffeine, (aka coffee) we are actually further dehydrating the system, which hasn’t been hydrated since bedtime. When I get dehydrated and have too much caffeine first thing, I get cranky and my head seems very foggy. So try the lemon water first to rehydrate, and then go to the caffeine boost if it’s still needed.
Challenge yourself – tomorrow start your day off with a little extra boost. Boil some water, add half a lemon, and change your perspective on the day ahead. Give it a try – all the young folks are drinking it