Ever since I can remember, my grandmother has been drinking hot water with lemon. Of course, as a child, I scoffed at the idea of swallowing such an unpleasant tasting drink so early in the morning.
But now, I wished i’d followed her hot water and lemon wisdom then. It’s ok. I do now. I have a glass of hot, lemon water every morning followed by my breakfast (juice) 10 to 15 minutes later.
I wholeheartedly recommend this to my clients and my friends (that’s you). I’ve even got my husband addicted to a cup a day.
I sit back and laugh to myself sometimes. Who would have taught, i’d be a lemon water addict? But here I am,thoroughly hooked. I love what it does for my body and how it makes me feel; refreshed, cleansed and calm.
Have you ever had it? It does a body good.
Here are 10 great reasons to incorporate hot lemon water into your morning routine.
♥ Lemons are a rich source of vitamin C, which helps support and promote immune system health.
♥ It helps to balance the pH levels in the body by reducing acidity.
♥ It’s a great source of potassium, which supports heart and brain function.
♥ It aids in digestion by increasing the production of bile, which emulsifies fat.
♥ It’s great for skin health. The antioxidant content helps get rid of free radicals, which are known to cause premature aging and wrinkling of the skin.
♥ It’s been said that substituting your morning coffee with hot lemon water can reduce the craving for caffeine. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I was told this by a health practitioner. If you’re trying to cut back on caffeine, it’s worth a try, don’t you think?
♥ It reduces inflammation in the body by removing uric acid. Inflammation is know to cause over 80% of disease in the body, including arthritis, acne, etc.
♥ Reduce cravings and lose weight. Lemons contain pectin fiber, which helps reduce hunger cravings.
♥ It stimulates the liver and helps flush out toxins from the body.
♥ Aside from vitamin C benefits, it’s a great source of potassium, magnesium, citric acid, phosphorus and calcium. Calcium and magnesium provides a calming effect on our body, which means it’s great for de-stressing.
* Be mindful, if you’re taking high blood pressure medications like Aldosterone (Spironolactone), you will need to talk to your physician. The high potassium content in lemons can lead to an overproduction, which can cause serious heart issues.
So there you go lovelies. An easy, breezy way to boost and beautify your health from the inside out. Do you drink lemon water? What has it done for you? Do share in the comments below.
Dixie Lincoln- Nichols is a biological science educator, certified health coach and entrepreneur. Her work has been featured in media outlets like, Oprah Mag, SELF, Yahoo, Redbook, Natural Health, Instyle, Working Woman, Huffington Post, Essence Online, Tampa Tribune and more. She is currently the Chief Self-care Connoisseur and founder of I. O. Beauty Market, where she curates products that are free of toxic, harmful ingredients.