Having an effective morning routine can really change the outcome of a day. Who would not want to feel fresh throughout the whole day. Unfortunately this is not the case for most of us. Most of the time the grumpiness comes from improper nutrition. Water is essential for our bodies to function on day-to-day basis. Drinking just as much as a regular glass of water can boost your metabolism and increase you energy levels. It might not sound as much but it actually is. Humans can go without food for prolonged period of time. Compared to that, your body starts breaking down after just 48 hours without water.Now imagine you add lemon to that. Lemon contains high amounts of vitamin C and potassium, helping our body function properly all the while eliminating toxic waste. Who would not want an energy boost early in the morning?
Benefits of drinking lemon water
For most of the people that are trying to lose weight, the biggest mistake they make is the cream-heavy sugar-stuffed coffee they have in the morning. If you replace your first coffee in the morning with Lemon Water, you have cut some calories instantly. Furthermore, Water will help and aid digestion and the Lemon juice is acting as a diuretic. Having a healthy bowel movement early in the morning will help your body rid of the by-product toxins that have been accumulating for the whole night.
Vitamin C and antioxidants
The ‘non-nutritious’ food that we consume on day to day basis (sugar, heavily processed products, alcohol ..) create a highly acidic environment in the body. If you haven’t guessed by now, this exact type of an environment helps viruses and bacteria thrive. While having a very acidic taste, Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods there is. It will help you restore the acidic balance in your body and it will balance you pH. Lemons are also high in Vitamin C, which has anti-inflammatory effects on the respiratory system and helps your immune system.
Lemons are also high in antioxidants, which means will help you literally to not rust inside. Jokes aside, these things help you get rid of free radicals floating around in your body. Their effects have been linked to clearer skin and play a huge role in disease and cancer prevention.
Lemons also have a quite high dose of potassium in them. The benefits of potassium are endless. It is considered a major stress and anxiety buster. Other also very important benefits include stroke prevention, blood pressure regulation, bone strength and aiding the brain-body connections. It is also beneficiary to muscle strength, thus indirectly helping in injury-prevention. Last but not least, it aids your metabolism by helping in nutrient absorption, making you get the most out of your food.
How to take your Lemon Water
The preparation is very simple. You squeeze out one whole lemon in a glass of warm water. You drink it each morning on an empty stomach. At first, it might be a little hard for you to get used to the taste of the Lemon Water, but after some time you will be looking forward to your refreshing elixir each morning. You might need to experiment with the water temperature a bit at first, since everyone has their taste. Once you drink it, make sure 30 minutes pass until you start your breakfast. This will give your body enough time to maximize the benefits and get it ready for digestion and nutrient absorption.
While you might be tempted to add sugar for the taste, if your goal is weight-loss we would advise you not to. If you are worried about the effects of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) on your teeth, try using a straw.
If you really enjoy the Lemon Water, feel free to upgrade it with any other squeezable fruit.