I have been on a huge personal development kick. Listening to as many books as I can fit in. One of the most recent books in The Miracle Morning. It is all about creating a morning routine to get the most out of your life. I highly recommend you go pick up a copy.
One of the things I am really bad at is my water intake. I know I should be drinking more! One of the things the Miracle Morning suggests you do first thing is to drink a big ol’ glass of water. A lot of people swear by lemon water. So, I have kick started my journey to my perfect morning routine… And you guessed it; it involves lemon water!
If you love drinking water in the morning to start off your day or you want to follow my journey, think about adding a couple of slices of lemon. Everyone knows by now that lemon water is great for the body and it comes up in almost every healthy eating list ever. But even though we know it’s good for us, do we know exactly why it is so good?
Here are 10 health benefits of lemon water and the reasons why you need to drink a glass of it every single day.
10 benefits of Lemon Water
1 – Immune system booster
One of the main components of lemon amongst other citrus fruits is Vitamin C. This essential vitamin is incredibly crucial for our body because it keeps our immune system up and running throughout the day. Drinking a glass of lemon water every single day will give our body a big Vitamin C boost and this, in turn, will keep our immune system up and running for much longer.
2 – Potassium
Whenever you think of potassium and getting some into your diet, you will likely think about eating banana or two. However, banana isn’t the only food which is high in potassium to benefit your brain function and your nervous system this year. Lemon is full of potassium and therefore can give you a huge mental boost in the mornings ahead of a long or stressful day.
3 – Aids digestion
If you have digestive issues or a sensitive gut, you will likely welcome any excuse to calm it down and make things run more smoothly. Lemon juice is acidic and it is also full of nutrients which can help to flush out toxins from your gut as well as help to break down any food that you are consuming. If you are having issues with gas or bloating, drink a glass of lemon water and this should help to relieve your discomfort.
4 – Cleanse your system
A combination of good quality water such as from the Hydrohub Water Store and organic lemon juice can be a wonderful cleaning solution for your body. If you drink a glass every morning before eating it will allow you to flush out any toxins from the previous day and set you up for a win.
5 – Eliminate bad breath
Lemon juice contains a substance called citric acid, which is known for its cleaning power and is often used in natural cleaning products to get rid of difficult stains or muck. The same can apply to your mouth, and drinking lemon juice will be able to eliminate bacteria such as gingivitis, as well as relieving gum disease symptoms. It will also ensure that you breath stays fresh all day long and will give you the peace of mind when talking to new people.
6 – Healthy, glowing skin
Lemon juice is full of antioxidants which can fight the effects of blemishes on the face and keep your skin looking clear and glowy. The Vitamin C in lemon juice will also help the skin to produce collagen which has anti-aging properties and keeps your skin cells feeling young and plump for much longer. If you are looking to grow old gracefully you will definitely want to drink more lemon water!
7 – Weight loss aid
As we know, lemon water often comes up on lists when we are trying to lose weight and get fit, but why is this the case? Well, lemon actually contains something known as pectin fiber, and what this does is it slows down our cravings and therefore prevents us from giving into temptation and eating lots of food during the day. If you are looking to go on a reduced calorie diet for a while, make sure you buy some lemons and keep them on hand.
8 – Reducing inflammation
One of the biggest causes of inflammation and discomfort in the body is an acid called Uric acid. When we drink lemon water, it helps to break down this acid and therefore reduces any inflammation we have in our bodies, leaving us feeling much better and also looking leaner than we were before. For an extra inflammation damper, you can also add some grated ginger into your morning drink for an immune boost and a boost of energy for the day.
9 – Energy
If you always wake up tired and spend your first few hours in the day trying to wake up, you need to start drinking some lemon water every day and this will give you a huge boost of energy for the day ahead. Lemon juice provides you with energy as soon as it enters the digestive tract, so will have you feeling alert and ready to take on the day, it can also help to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
10 – Boost your metabolism
When trying to lose weight and stay lean, there is always a lot of talk about your metabolism and how this can come into play. Your metabolism basically tells is how quickly you are able to break down food and use it for energy in your body. The quicker your metabolism is, the better you are at digesting food and losing weight. Lemon juice can give your metabolism a boost first thing in the morning and kick start it ready for when you eat your first meal. Like any machine, once your metabolism is warmed up it will work more effectively. Drinking some water first thing in the morning and waiting for 20 minutes for your breakfast will give your body the chance to wake up and be ready to digest your food.
Lemon water is a wonderful and tasty drink to have every single morning to aid your digestion, give you the energy to handle the day and to help you lose weight.
Take the time to drink at least one glass of lemon water every single day and you will soon see a huge change in the overall health of your body and your mind. Comment below, I would love to know what steps you have taken on your personal development journey. Have you read the Miracle Morning?