Fresh cut lemon-first thing in the morning.
There is something so special about slicing into a fresh lemon first thing in the morning. It immediately awakens all of the senses. The bright yellow skin, the citrusy smell that wafts up from the cutting board. And of course, the tart but refreshing flavor it brings to the table.
Adding a few slices of this beautiful, bright fruit to warm water first thing in the morning has many health benefits as well. Drinking a glass of warm lemon water at the beginning of your day is such a simple way to kick start your wellness journey and start your day off right. Warm lemon water can help to jump start your metabolism every day. It has been studied for so many benefits including weight loss, lower blood pressure, helping to improve digestions and even helping with kidney stones.
Read on for our top 5 health benefits and why we think you should drink lemon water every day too!
1- Immediately start your day with a healthy and thoughtful habit.
Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning has many benefits. Whether or not it’s a placebo effect, our favorite benefit is that it brings you into the right headspace for the day. Your very first act of the day is something that is an act of self-care. The conscious decision to drink a lemon water instead of a sugary juice will help you make other healthy decisions all day long.
2- Starting to hydrate first thing in the morning.
Let’s face it- it feel likes no matter how hard we try, staying hydrated is a daily battle. Drinking water is very important for the human body. Your body needs as much hydration as you can give it. So another route of drinking water is this delightful warm lemon water. It will help to begin the daily hydration struggle we all face! ( If you really hate warm water, drinking cold lemon water can also be beneficial!)
3-Helps to aid digestion.
Wake up your digestive system every morning in the most gentle way possible. A warm and soothing drink such as lemon water is a great way to awaken your stomach. It will help to act as a gentle daily laxative and prep your body’s GI tract for the day’s nutrients. A healthy and functioning digestive system is extremely important for a clean and healthy diet and for someone who is trying to lose weight.
4-Helps your immune system by fighting to reduce inflammation.
Lemons contain a large amount of vitamin C and anti-oxidants. Both of which are essential agents in your body’s immune system. Adding lemons to a warm couple of water in the morning will kickstart your immune system and have you feeling strong and energized. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps to get rid of free radicals that can damage cells and cause inflammation.
5- Improve your skin.
Drinking lemon water will help to detox your skin and help your system to remove impurities and toxins. Drinking warm lemon water can help to prevent and clear up acne that is caused by clogged pores and toxins in your skin.
How to Prep a Cup of Warm Lemon Juice
Our favorite way to prepare a warm cup of lemon water is to heat filtered water up to about 200 degrees F. Meanwhile, slice a lemon that has been properly cleansed in thick 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch slices. (You want the flesh of the fruit to be exposed so that more of the lemon juice diffuses out.)
Put 2 slices of freshly cut lemon in a mug. Pour 8-10oz of warm water over and let the lemon seep into the water for 3 minutes. Drink and enjoy 🙂