One of the best and easiest ways to put yourself on the path of better health and overall well-being is to try to introduce and maintain a set number of simplistic morning rituals.
For some people, this might be taking a refreshing walk before work or going on a light jog. If you have a pet it might involve being active and playing with them for a set time in the back yard, or it could be something a bit more strenuous like a short burst of yoga before you head out for the day.
Whatever your selected morning rituals may be, there is one simple activity that you could introduce in to your routine that poses a whole host of health benefits for very little effort. For those of you who are looking for a less involved ritual to add to your collection, if you currently have none and are looking to start the year on a more positive note, then there is no easier place to start than with a daily mug of warm lemon water. Sounds too simple to be beneficial, right? Wrong. Here are number of reasons why warm lemon water is so good for you and is a great morning ritual to incorporate into your daily routine.
It is recommended that we should be aiming to drink roughly three liters of water every single day, and an enjoyable way to begin the day’s worth of hydration is with a mug of warm lemon water. Good hydration is absolutely vital for the body to be able to function correctly, and through the nature of sleep, a period of dehydration has occurred overnight. Making sure the lemon water is warm is important so as to not shock the waking system. It will give you a fresh and fulfilling start to the day.
2. Cleanses the System
The natural properties that lemon water possesses act as a wonderful, gentle organic diuretic. This means that it increases the passing flow of urine, which in turn can help to flush out unwanted toxins even quicker than usual. The lemon component also keeps the urinary tract extremely healthy and all together this can be described as an easy mini-cleanse.
3. Helps with Fresh Breath
We have all at one time or another experienced bad morning breath, but adopting warm lemon water as a daily ritual can help to curve this unfortunate issue. Drinking a mug before breakfast can help to reduce bad breath and also acts as a mild and natural tooth pain reliever. Lemons are also incredibly high in antioxidants so will help to decrease overall body odor also.
4. Boosts Immune System
We all know that lemons are incredibly rich in vitamin C, so it makes perfect sense that warm lemon water would therefore be beneficial to boosting your immune system. Vitamin C is one of the most important nutrients to have in your body as it works to fight off pesky illnesses such as colds, coughs and the flu, and it also helps with the absorption of iron in to the bloodstream which in turn makes a body stronger in general.
5. Clears Skin
Another wonderful consequence of the lemon water’s high vitamin C content, having a mug of the fruity liquid everyday will help to quickly purge toxins from your blood and as a result of this your skin has a much better chance of staying clear and blemish free for longer. Some people have even noted a real glowing effect from ingesting lemon water on a regular basis.
6. Aids Digestion
One of lemon water’s most valuable qualities is that it helps to encourage and maintain proper and healthy digestion. The warm water has an effect on the gastrointestinal tract that serves to stimulate waste and speed up the process, which in turn means that unwanted toxins are being expelled from the body at much quicker rate than otherwise.
7. Helps with Weight Loss
Drinking warm lemon water every day has the effect of keeping a person’s blood sugar at good and steady levels, and this helps to eliminate hunger pangs and cravings. These often occur when blood sugar is raised and a release of insulin takes place, but with the stabilizing effect of regular lemon water, this is much more unlikely to take place.
So, tomorrow morning, boil the kettle, add some water to a mug and squeeze in some fresh lemon juice – as much as you like, to taste.