You may have heard that lemon water is good for you, but you may not know why. Well, there are many great reasons to start your day with this cheap and refreshing tonic. Having a large (pref. a pint) glass of warm water with the freshly squeezed juice of half a lemon (or lime), will:
- Give you a great energy boost first thing in the morning due to its great hydrating and oxygenating effects. Have it as soon as you get up, before eating anything, to get the best results.
- Improve your mental clarity as the body loses a lot of moisture throughout the night so you will be in need of good hydration first thing in the morning. As I’ve posted before, even a tiny amount of dehydration leads to sluggishness in body and mind.
- Many people rely on caffeinated drinks to get them going in the morning, but this over-stimulates the adrenal glands, resulting in a downer shortly afterwards, and caffeine is a diuretic causing more dehydration and the loss of minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium. Lemon juice not only rehydrates, it is high in vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium.
- Lemon water will stimulate your hydrochloric acid and digestive enzyme production, preparing your body for food, so you digest and absorb the goodness from your breakfast much better.
- Fresh lemon has been shown to stimulate liver function, specifically the production of many of the liver enzymes that help the body to detoxify.
- Citric acid, found in high levels in lemon juice, helps to prevent excess calcium building up on artery walls and as kidney stones.
- Lemon water taken regularly has been shown to reduce blood pressure and dilutes uric acid in the body – a build up of which can cause the potentially excruciating conditions gout and arthritis.
- and, it helps with excess acidity in the body. I appreciate this is counter-intuitive as citrus fruits are acidic, but due to the process of digestion, it becomes buffered and actually helps keep the digestive system at a healthy pH balance.
Go on, try it. Once you start you’ll wonder how you ever got going without it. oh, by the way, if you have weak / thin tooth enamel, it’s best to drink your lemon water with a straw so you bypass your teeth and protect your enamel from the weakening effect of the lemon juice.