Lemon water is gaining in popularity and there are many reasons why pouring yourself a glass first thing in the morning is such a great choice. Drinking lemon water won’t cost you more than a few pennies per glass, but the payoff is huge. So, starting tomorrow morning, squeeze some lemon into a glass of warm water and sip away. Here’s what happens when you do.
1. Improve Your Digestion with Lemon Water
Even if you don’t have specific digestion issues, a warm glass of lemon water can certainly get things pumping along. The citric acid in lemons helps stimulate the production of gastric acid that helps your body digest the foods you eat. Drinking the lemon water first thing primes your body for the foods you plan to eat over the course of the day.
2. Your Liver Will Thank You
According to some experts, lemon water is one of the best things for your liver. It helps increase function, allowing your entire body to benefit. In fact, some experts say that there isn’t anything better for your liver than a glass of warm lemon water in the morning. While that’s certainly debatable, it can’t hurt to give it a try.
3. Give Your Metabolism a Boost
Metabolism is essentially the rate at which your body burns calories. The more muscle mass you have, the faster it is. Turns out that lemon water can also rev your metabolism. When this happens, your body burns more calories, even at rest, which is a sure fire way to lose or control your weight. It’s not a magic cure, but combined with other healthy choices, it sure can’t hurt.
4. Get Better Immunity
When your immune system is functioning properly your body is able to ward off viruses and such that can make you sick. Drinking warm lemon water can help because lemons are loaded with vitamin C, a nutrient that is vital to proper immunity. It also helps your body absorb iron, which can fight off fatigue. A daily glass of lemon water can even help keep the common cold at bay as well as control phlegm production.
5. Lemon Water Can Clear Your Skin
Again, this is due to the vitamin C content. Because vitamin C is an antioxidant, it fights free radical damage and helps keep your skin clear and flawless. Free radicals contribute to wrinkles and other signs of aging so keeping them away is a recipe for perfect skin. You might be surprised at how your skin glows after a few weeks on a lemon water regimen.
6. Rev Your Energy Levels for the Day Ahead
It’s no secret that getting up and getting going in the mornings isn’t always the easiest thing. Experts say that sipping lemon water can give you the energy you need to face the day and help you feel awake and refreshed before you even have to leave the house. In addition, some studies link the scent and flavor of lemon with reduced anxiety and depression. Cool, right?
7. Start the Day with Fresh Breath
No, you shouldn’t give up brushing your teeth in the morning, but a glass of lemon water can give you an extra hit of freshness when it comes to your breath. The lemon will help eliminate bacteria that can cause odor and the water helps flush it out. If you need that little extra dose of freshness, lemon water is an easy way to get it.
8. Improves Your Water Intake
By starting the day with a glass of lemon water, you're already on your way to being hydrated for the day. Flavoring your water is a great way to ensure you're drinking enough. And when you've had a glass, why switch to soda or juice when you can just have more water?!
9. Helps You Lose Weight
Replacing your daily coffee or energy drink habit with water, will end up shrinking your waistline, because you aren't taking in all those empty calories. Plus, it does boost your metabolism, and fills you up so you aren't snacking as much during the day.
10. Boosts Bodily Functions
We've covered metabolism, and immunity, but did you know it also improves kidney function by flushing out the toxins? And it provides potassium which keeps nutrients flowing throughout your body. Pretty great!
Which of these reasons makes you want to start drinking lemon water?