Why You Should Drink Warm Water & Lemon
According to Ayurvedic philosophy, choices that you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to disease or tear it down.
Ayurveda invites us to get a jump-start on the day by focusing on morning rituals that work to align the body with natureâ€™s rhythms, balance the doshas and foster self-esteem alongside self-discipline.
Your mind may say you have to check emails, take the dog out, get the kids out the door, that you canâ€™t be late for work or that you just donâ€™t have enough time to cultivate your own morning rituals.
But, if you can only make time for one ritual that will improve your health, let it be thisâ€¦..
Start the day out with a mug of warm water and the juice of half a lemon.
Itâ€™s so simple and the benefits are just too good to ignore. Warm water with lemon:
1. Boosts youâ€™re immune system
Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
2. Balances pH
Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies theyâ€™re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health.
3. Helps with weight loss
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. And, my experience is that when I start the day off right, itâ€™s easier to make the best choices for myself the rest of the day.
4. Aids digestion
The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsisâ€”the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.
5. Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clears skin
The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.
7. Hydrates the lymph system
This cup of goodness helps start the day on a hydrated note, which helps prevent dehydration (obviously) and adrenal fatigue. When your body is dehydrated, or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue) it canâ€™t perform all of itâ€™s proper functions, which leads to toxic buildup, stress, constipation, and the list goes on. Your adrenals happen to be two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and along with your thyroid, create energy. They also secrete important hormones, including aldosterone. Aldosterone is a hormone secreted by your adrenals that regulates water levels and the concentration of minerals, like sodium, in your body, helping you stay hydrated. Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response. So, the bottom line is that you really donâ€™t want to mess with a deep state of dehydration!
Adopting just this one practice of drinking a cup of warm water with lemon in the morning for a month can radically alter your experience of the day. Donâ€™t be surprised if you begin to view mornings in a new light.
Like I said, the recipe is really simpleâ€”a cup of warm (not hot) water and the juice from half a lemon.
In the comments below, tell me which one of these benefits is going to get you to try this morning ritual. Or, if youâ€™re already a lemon water junkie, what specific benefits have you noticed?
Crawfish wrote September 16, 2012 3:57:15 PM CEST
Quite a number of people have citric acid intolerance without even knowing it. In that situation, one would definitely be ill-advised to do this particular "ritual". Should you notice anything but strong benefits, you may well be doing more harm than good. Vitamin C has *not* been proven to improve one's health except in cases of insufficient intake. By the time lemons get to your local grocery store, they are already pretty much devoid of C due to early harvest and storage to ripen later. In fact, cauliflower contains the same amount of C by weight but is not subject to this early harvest quite to the extent that citrus fruits are. Broccoli retains more C than other sources. Parsley has more than three times the vitamin C by weight than lemons do.
Pineapple, to my experience, is more efficient (and more pleasant) than lemon for altering pH and helping to clear the lymphatic system. Baking soda is definitely more efficient, as well as ingesting Green Clay or Ghassoul/Rhassoul clay, which are the best of all - again, to my experience. All of these taken daily in minuscule quantities will assist more efficiently and with less risk of adverse reaction than the lemon option.