Warm lemon water in the morning
My mom talked about my Grandma Parker drinking warm lemon water in the morning to reduce bags under the eyes. Was she on to something way back then?
Rarely do I read any diet or lifestyle piece that this morning ritual isn’t mentioned. How could squeezing a lemon in warm water have such a huge benefit for health that it crosses the threshold for most health plans?
WHY START THIS HABIT?
- Improves Overall Digestion
- Drinking lemon water upon waking helps boost the function of your digestive system, reducing the acidity in your body and regulating pH levels.
- Improves the function of the gastrointestinal tract and lets the food move faster through your body.
- Loaded with numerous vitamins and nutrients
- Lemon water gives you a boost of Vitamin C which is one of the essential nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy.
There are numerous other benefits but let’s keep this simple. Who doesn’t want to have an optimal digestive system that can be aided with this drink?
WHAT IS NEEDED TO START THIS DAILY HABIT?
Use filtered water that is warm
Cold water is a shock to the system, and it takes energy away from other body functions to bring the water to an acceptable temperature. Some have gone so far as to say it slows metabolism.
- Be picky about your water. Tap water has been rumored to be a problem for some time and most municipalities acknowledge that “trace” amounts of pharmaceutical drugs are found in varying degrees and more testing is needed. Why take a chance? Don’t believe me??? Try taking your child to the emergency room with an unidentifiable problem. One of the top 10 questions asked in the ER (at least in my neck of the woods) is “Has the child had tap water in the last 24 hours?”.
- Some say warmth in the blood vessels causes them to open up and expand. Think circulation. Makes sense…think of what happens to you when you’re cold.
Fresh juice not from juice concentrate
- Citrus begins losing nutritional value after being cut open. Using ½ lemon in 8 ounces of water, then place the other half in a baggie to use in cooking during the day or for the next day is ideal.
- The seeds are a nuisance, so I am in love with this juicing utensil. It juices the half practically dry so no waste.
- Lemons can be harmful to teeth enamel so either wash your mouth out with water afterwards or think about using a straw.
- Those with high levels of iron in their blood should limit their intake, as lemon can increase your body’s ability to absorb iron. The flip side is not a caution but a plus…struggling with low iron? Add the lemon water for better absorption.
Lemons: What to look for:
- Finer bumpy peels have the most juice inside.
- Larger lemons have the most sugar but have the highest mineral content.
- The lemon should be totally yellow.
- Thin-skinned, dense lemons yield the most juice.
- Store your lemons in the refrigerator and toss out any that become soft or wrinkled.
Good digestion is key to the absorption of nutrients and waste removal from your body. Simple healthy habits can help keep your body working for you.