Starting your day off with warm lemon water is thought to have a ton of health benefits – and it has been an Ayurvedic practice for a long time. Here are more health benefits of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning.
Aids in digestion
Not only does warm water help to stimulate the GI tract, the lemons are believed to stimulate and purify the liver. It also helps digestive acids with digestion and elimination.
Supports immune function
Citrus fruits like lemon are high in vitamin C and ascorbic acid. Vitamin C can help fight colds and ascorbic acid helps iron absorption which also plays a role in immune function.
Alkalizes the body
If your body is in a chronic pH imbalance, it’s susceptible to disease. Even though lemons seem acidic, they are extremely alkalizing and a great way to ensure your pH balance is where it should be especially if your diet is heavy in meat, cheese and/or alcohol.
Lemon water is a natural diuretic, which means it helps your body flush liquid and toxins along with it. The citric acid can also help maximize enzymes which stimulates the liver.
It’s an energizer
The combination of water and lemon helps to hydrate and oxygenate the blood, leaving you feeling great.
Keeps skin beautiful
Chronic dehydration can leave skin looking dull. So start your day on the right foot with lemon water. Vitamin C plays a critical role in maintaining healthy skin and antioxidants can combat aging factors.
This story was published in Newswatch Times on March 5, 2016.