I used to go straight for a cup of coffee in the morning.
It wasn’t until I started looking up healthy morning routines and getting into Ayurveda that I started to incorporate a glass of warm lemon water, before anything else.
It has changed my life and health in numerous ways.
Read below to find out why drinking warm lemon water will help keep you young and hydrated all while flushing the toxins from your body!
It is recommended to drink the lemon water slightly warm. This is because cold water is actually a shock to your system and the body has a harder time digesting and extracting the benefits. The warm water also helps to loosen to AMA (toxins) from the digestive tract.
**Always drink lemon water after scraping your tongue and brushing your teeth. Brushing your teeth after you drink lemon water will cause your enamel to soften and damage more easily**
1. FLUSHES OUT TOXINS
Our bodies go through three natural cycles in a day.
From 4:00 AM-12:00 PM our bodies are in the Elimination phase. Meaning detox phase.
“The elimination cycle is without question your greatest ally in the preservation of health and prevention of disease”; “If a blood test was to be taken every hour for 24 hours, it would show that the bloodstream is most heavily burdened with the by-products of metabolism during the hours between 4am-12noon, indicating the stepped up elimination cycle, because it is the blood that carries waste material to the four channels of elimination: bowels, bladder, lungs, and skin”– Harvey & Marilyn Diamond, Fit for Life
This is the phase in which everything you put in and on your body is eliminated. This phase helps protect your body from numerous diseases and toxic overload.
Lemons are high in minerals and vitamins that help loosen toxins in the digestive tract. The citric acid in lemons helps maximize enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification.
By drinking lemon water you are assisting your body to dispel all of the built up toxins that have been released into your system overnight. Coffee is a diuretic, which will make you retain water, thus, more of the toxins.
Help your body get rid of those toxins!
2. BALANCES YOUR BODIES PH & PROTECTS AGAINST CANCER
Having a healthy PH balance is crucial for good health. All cancers and diseases are said to grow in an acidic environment. There are a lot of foods we eat today that are acidic and that give us diseases.
“No disease, including cancer can survive in an alkaline environment. Every single person who has cancer has a PH that is too acidic.” – Dr. Otto Warburg, 1931 Nobel Prize Winner
Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Which confuses people because we think of lemons as acidic. Citric Acid turns alkaline once it is metabolized by the body, kind of like apple cider vinegar (whose benefits are also endless).
It also helps to eliminate uric acid from the joints, which is a big cause of pain, inflammation and arthritis.
Keep your body alkaline to steer clear of disease 🙂
3. GIVES YOU CLEAR DEWY SKIN
Lemons are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants and help to greatly reduce free radical damage.
Vitamin C is crucial for having healthy, glowing skin. It fights against viruses and bacteria that may be living under the skin and causing acne breakouts.
The alkaline component helps to reduce acne from the inside out by cleaning toxins from the blood. Which also means it is anti- aging!!
You can even apply lemon directly to scars and age spots and will help eliminate their appearance.
You will notice a difference in the appearance and vitality of your skin!
4. HELPS BUILD HEALTHY HABITS
I am all about replacing bad habits with new healthier ones. Since starting my morning out on a healthier note, I have found I am having a healthier day all around.
By starting small and taking better care of your health you are more motivated and inspired to keep adding more and more healthy habits.
Overtime you will look back and be like #WHOEVENAMI
It starts with one habit at a time, master that, and move on to the next.
We truly are a direct consequence of our every day actions.
5. HELPS KEEP YOU HYDRATED AND LOOKING GOOD
I have days I don’t drink enough water and I can feel it! Our bodies are mostly made up of water. By starting the day with a big glass of water it helps if you forget to drink as much when you are busy during the day.
We need to be drinking a lot of water to keep our bodies in prime shape. Our bodies are constantly losing water through elimination, sweating, breathing etc,. and it needs to be replaced with new fresh water.
It keeps your joints and cartilage healthy.
Keeps your skin from prematurely aging and wrinkling.
Keeps your hair and nails healthy and hydrated.
It even keeps the whites of your eyes healthy and white.
Who doesn’t want to always look their best?!
There are so many benefits to lemon water. Lemon is high in vitamin C which boosts your immune system, thus helping you to get sick less often. As well as potassium, which helps keep your brain healthy and alert.
Lemon water helps aid in weight loss, bad breathe, is an antibacterial and the list goes on! Its no wonder I feel so good 🙂