If you follow me closely on social media, you’ve seen me squeeze half of a lemon into a mug of warm water in the mornings.
A question I get is.. why?
Lemons in themselves have amazing health benefits, they contain Vitamins C, B6, E, & A, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium & zinc just to name a few. Lemons contain flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that boost our immune system & reduce inflammation in the body.
To list a few benefits of this fab fruit:
-Alkalizes the body
-Balances PH & blood sugar levels
-Reduces joint pain
-Kills free radicals in the body
-Lowers high blood pressure
-Prevents kidney stones
-Brightens skin + hair
-Purifies the blood
-Stimulates proper acid production in the stomach
Now. Why warm lemon water?
When we wake up in the morning, we haven’t had anything to drink for 6-8 hours. Having warm water calmly activates your digestion without “shocking” your system like cold beverages would. This will also help stimulate blood flow to your intestines & prevent constipation. You know how 20 minutes or so after you drink coffee you get the.. ahem.. coffee poops. Well due to that blood flow to your intestines, you get the same benefit. I know that’s TMI, but I’m not here to act like my body doesn’t do the same thing yours does! Lemon water is good for you at any time of the day, but by drinking it on an empty stomach, your body is more susceptible to absorbing the nutrients directly rather than later on when you’ve had two meals already. By adding lemon into warm water, you’re killing two birds with one stone, getting your hydration on & getting the health benefits, so why not?
My Favorite Ways to Have Lemons All Day Long!
-In the morning (fill a mug with water, microwave for 1min, squeeze half of a lemon in it)
-Squeeze it over fish or grilled chicken
-Mix half a lemon squeezed + olive oil + garlic powder & you’ve got salad dressing!
-Sliced with cucumbers or raspberries in a drink container & you’ve got spa water! (Change out fruit every 3 days)
Thank you for reading! Feel free to share or leave a comment on other creative ways you like to use lemons!