Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is one of the most simple, yet profound health habits to cultivate. Personally, I was astonished to discover the cornucopia of health benefits locked inside the peel of the humble lemon–I never knew! For starters, the instant energy boost helped me to kick the coffee habit. Big kudos there! Other juicy surprises included: a more alkaline pH, brighter skin, better digestion, and a guaranteed morning visit to the loo!
Health Benefits of Lemon Water
Natural energy boost
Promotes an alkaline pH
Boosts immune system
Boosts hydrochloric acid production
Aids with gastric upsets such as heartburn and indigestion
Purifies the blood
Promotes healthy liver enzyme levels
Promotes circulation in the liver
Helps dissolve uric acid in the joints
Acts as a natural solvent for calcium deposits, kidney stones, pancreatic stones, and gallstones
The vitamin C nourishes and rejuvenates your skin from the inside, bringing you a healthy glow
Energy Boost & Hydration
Citric acid in lemon is highly electrically active, and pure water acts as a conductor to deliver electrolytes directly to your cells. It’s likened to a liquid sunshine burst that boosts cell energy and nourishes your adrenals for a clean energy output that sustains you throughout your day. This is why lemon water is so effective in helping people kick the coffee habit. Coffee is dehydrating and stresses your adrenals. Although you’re temporarily energized, this kind of dirty energy is actually very draining and depletes your body’s energy reserves.
True health warriors understand the importance maintaining a proper pH balance within their tissues and organs. When your inner terrain is acidic, let’s say from eating a typical western diet comprised of meat, dairy, processed carbs and sugar, bad fats, lots of coffee, and lots of alcohol (all of which are acidic), it’s hard to maintain good health. Symptoms of “acidosis” can range anywhere from achy joints, stiffness, insomnia, and depression to chronic disorders and major disease. Eeek!
Drinking lemon water daily boosts your alkalinity, and over time can begin to reverse symptoms of acidity (provided that you’re cutting back/eliminating acidic foods and beverages). Don’t underestimate this powerful tip!
The bitterness of the lemon increases bile (a natural laxative) and stimulates the gastrocolic reflex (peristalsis) which causes a bowel movement. This is not the same type of bowel movement, however, that a morning cup of coffee induces. The coffee poop is caused by the liver trying to remove the acid compounds that shock the system so early in the morning. If you rely on your morning cup of coffee to get your pooper moving, I recommend you try lemon water. You will be very surprised!
Lemon water does wonders for the digestive tract. It normalizes hydrochloric acid production in the stomach and helps to produce bile in the liver. Hydrochloric acid and bile are both very important for digestion and assimilation of nutrients. If you have digestive issues, definitely start your day with lemon water and drink warm lemon water after meals. You will see gas, bloating, and other digestive issues minimize or disappear.
Cleanses Your Tissues of Acid & Mineral Deposits
Citric acid in lemon is like a water softener for the body. It can dissolve harmful mineral deposits and uric acid that damage your organs, tissues and joints. If you eat a lot of meat and/or dairy, have had kidney or gallbladder stones, gout, arthritis, or any kind of chronic stiffness in the joints, you will greatly benefit from starting your day with lemon water.
Yes, the mighty lemon is the gift that keeps on giving. Along with all the juicy health benefits already mentioned, lemon is chock-full of vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts immunity, aids in calcium absorption and gives you radiant looking skin. Toxins always try to find a way to escape, and most often times it’s through your skin. Regularly drinking lemon water aids your body in swiftly removing toxins for you, so they’re not making a beeline for your complexion. After several weeks of your daily lemon tonic, you will definitely notice a marked improvement in your skin’s tone and texture. It will be clearer, smoother and brighter.
Possible Side Effects
All of the above mentioned will have a strong cleansing effect, so diarrhea and stomach cramping may happen to those who are new to drinking the lemon water. This is perfectly normal and shouldn’t be of too much concern since your bowels are a main gateway for eliminating toxins. If the symptoms persist for more than several days, however, take a rest and start back with the lemon slowly. Maybe only take half of the recommended amount and dilute it with more water. Just keep taking the lemon slowly, and gradually increase it as your body adjusts. The more toxins eliminated, the better your body will handle the lemon and the better you will feel!
Recipe for Your Morning Lemon Tonic
Photographer: Linda Wagner
The basic lemon drink consists of:
1 half a lemon squeezed into a few ounces of room temperature (or warm) purified water. Never use tap, and never use cold water. Cold water actually slows digestion.
I like to go for the gusto, so my lemon drink is VERY concentrated and contains a few other gems. I have 2 versions.
I start with the juice of 1 lemon. I gently warm 4 oz. of water in my hot pot for a few seconds. Add the lemon with a pinch of Pink Salt and drink it down. The Pink Salt helps with hydrochloric acid production and provides a gentle boost to the adrenals.
Whenever I have ginger, I make a lemon ginger tea. I heat my water to hot, add the lemon with a few pieces of grated ginger and a dollop of raw honey (minus the salt). This lemon ginger tea is also a nice pick-me-up in the afternoon.
Drinking Lemon Water Throughout the Day
Once you’ve adjusted to your morning lemon drink, you may also want to start thinking about drinking it throughout the day to keep your alkalinity boosted and your detox processes flowing. How much to take really depends on the person. For me, I like to add the juice of 1 lemon to a quart of water and sip it throughout the day, especially when I haven’t been able to juice in a while. Play around with how much lemon water your body can handle and try to get more in throughout the week.
After this long list of benefits, it’s hard to believe there is any negative connotation toward the mighty lemon. I say, “when life gives you lemons, squeeze them in water and enjoy!”
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