While you’re reaching for your coffee this a.m. I’m reaching for …warm water and lemon. Yes I said it and you heard that correctly, no tall caramel macchiato for me. I know it sounds crazy – I can already sense the disbelief from coffee lovers everywhere. How will she get her caffeine kick in the morning if not with that cup of java?
While you shake your head and oppose this idea completely, you may want to hear why starting your day with a glass of warm water and lemon is actually a good thing.
Boosts your immune system
Lemons are high in vitamin C – which is great for giving your body the immune boost it needs to stay in check. They’re also high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function, increases red blood cell production and controls blood pressure. This means more energy, clearer skin, less stress and more focus throughout your day.
You want energy, you got energy. And plenty of it.
Balances the pH levels in your body
Lemons are one of the most alkaline foods. Adding them to your daily morning routine will help your body to fix, fight, and become a powerhouse of healing and rejuvenation. The pH level in your body depends on the balance between the alkaline and acidic properties in your body. When your body is more acidic, it breeds sickness and disease.
Need I say more?
Helps with weight loss
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps to fight any hunger cravings you may have.
Less cravings means less mindless eating, which aids with weight loss – you should be rejoicing!
Warm water stimulates your gastrointestinal tract and lemons are high in vitamins and minerals, which help to flush out toxins in your digestive tract. Together they help to soothe and normalize your body’s digestive processes.
No more bloating? Yes please!
Acts as a gentle diuretic
Lemons help to flush out toxins because they increase the rate of urination in the body. Since toxins are released at a faster pace, this helps to keep your urinary tract healthy.
A tip-top urinary tract meaning less risk of bladder infections? You should be sold!
The benefits are endless when it comes to drinking a warm glass of water with lemon in the morning. As a former coffee lover it was hard for me to adjust to this in the beginning, but now it’s something I look forward to everyday. If you’re wanting to try it but are hesitant to eliminate your coffee consumption completely, consider skipping your cup of joe until after you start your day with warm water and lemon. Trust me, your body will thank you!