Every person’s body is different; there is no cookie cutter approach to health and nutrition. However, many nutritionists and other health experts recommend starting your day with warm lemon water. It can benefit people with many health issues, from food sensitivities to hormonal imbalances. It’s so easy to do, too! Upon waking, squeeze the juice from a quarter to a half lemon into some warm water (not boiling but not cold).
5 Reasons You Should Drink Warm Lemon Water
Lemon water helps get your digestive system moving in the morning. Clients often report that lemon water helps them have more regular bowel movements. This alone can have a ton of health benefits. It gets rid of toxins which could otherwise be reabsorbed into the body. These toxins can burden the liver and make it easier to develop health issues.
By improving digestion, you assist your body with hormonal balance. Hormones are meant to send a “time-sensitive” message in the body. Once that message has been received, the hormones should be deactivated and passed in stools. When bowel movements are too few and far between, these hormones can be reactivated. They then continue passing around an outdated message, wreaking havoc on your system.
Lemons are loaded with vitamin C. The benefits of vitamin C for colds are often talked about. However, its immune benefits expand far beyond cold prevention. As an antioxidant, it helps reduce the amount of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are those unstable particles that can eventually contribute to the presence of cancer in the body. This helps reduce the cancer-fighting burden on the immune system.
Pectin, a soluble fibre in lemons, has the ability to make you feel full longer. It expands as it absorbs water. It also helps reduce blood sugar spikes by taking longer to exit the stomach. The slowed digestion leads to slower and more continuous absorption of carbohydrates from other foods. Blood sugar crashes often lead to cravings for sweets, which can knock you off the wagon. As well, the pectin binds to excess cholesterol, making it easier to be removed from your system through bowel movements.
The body has the ability to maintain its pH at a level between 7.35 and 7.45. It uses buffers, which are compounds composed of minerals, among other elements. The Standard American Diet tends to push our bodies toward the acidic side. Our bodies then use a lot of important minerals to try to return to an alkaline state. While lemon juice is acidic, it has an alkaline effect in the body. Lemon can help maintain your body’s pH in a more optimal range.
Note: warm lemon water does not replace proper medical attention. Please speak with a naturopathic doctor or a medical doctor if you are experiencing any health concerns.