A simple change that can have huge benefits.
By now, I'm sure you know that small lifestyle changes are the name of the game. Below you'll find 7 reasons why starting your day with lemon water is one of the best kept secrets in the health world.
Lemons are your new best friend.
7 reasons a morning lemon water is a good idea.
1. Aids in digestion
Acid helps break down food, which is why there’s so much of it in our stomachs. The acid in lemons may be especially helpful in supplementing stomach acid levels, which tend to decline as we age.
2. Helps you stay hydrated
Most Americans aren't drinking enough water daily. A daily lemon water habit is an easy way to get your day off on the right foot. How do you know if you’re drinking enough? You should be drinking about half of your body weight in ounces each day, and you urine should be almost clear.
3. Helps with weight-loss
Most people are creatures of habit. Most people don't even realize how much sugar is in 95% of all beverages. Think about the long term effects of replacing your morning glass of OJ or latte with lemon water. Not just once, but maybe around 20 times a month — then multiply that by 10 years. I guarantee you, your waist line will thank you.
4. Prevents oxidation
Like all produce, lemons contain phytonutrients, which protect your body against disease. These phytonutrients have powerful antioxidant properties, which prevent cell damage from oxidation, the same mechanism that causes rust.
5. Boosts your immune system and gives your skin a healthy glow
Juice half a lemon into your water and you’ll only be adding a mere 6 calories to your meal. But you’ll get more than 1/6 of your daily vitamin C content, which is needed to protect us from cell damage and to repair injury.
6. Bring on the Potassium
Your body needs potassium in order to function. It’s required for nerve-muscle communication, transporting nutrients and waste, as well as regulating blood pressure. Fruits and veggies are important sources of potassium.
7. Helps to prevent kidney stones
Lemon water actually helps prevent painful stones in people who are deficient in urinary citrate (a form of citric acid). More importantly, increased fluids help prevent dehydration — which is a common cause of kidney stones.
Try to incorporate a room temperature or warm glass of water with fresh squeezed lemon every morning before you have your first meal, and see if you can tell the difference after a week or two!