10 Ways Drinking Room Temperature Lemon Water In The Morning Can Change Everything
Written by: Emilyn Gil
If there’s one sure way to get someone to pucker up, it’s bringing lemons into the conversation. Bright and yellow on the outside, cold and sour on the inside. Even the visual can make you wince. But lemons are more than just an acidic fruit used for teenage dares and the occasional dinner topping.
Lemons are packed with minerals and vitamins. The most prominent of these is vitamin C, an antioxidant that boosts your immune system, defends against cardiovascular disease and even contains cancer-fighting properties.
Now let me stop you before you head teeth-first into a full size lemon. The best way to squeeze these benefits into your diet is to drink fresh lemon juice every morning with room temperature water. This way you can get all the vitamins and minerals to keep your body functioning smoothly and no one has to grimace.
10 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Lemon Water Every Morning:
1. Promotes Hydration Like Nothing Else
8 cups of water they say. Drink it every day they say. This is true, but you’re not alone if you struggle to happily chug 8 cups of plain old water. Adding lemon enhances the flavor and may help you to drink more than you would just gulping straight H2O.
Also, waking up with a warm cup of lemon water starts your day on a hydrated note, making it easier to get in the remaining 7.
2. Major Immune System Boost
When you start losing yourself in a pile of tissues, blankets and cough drop wrappers, you know you’ve been battling that cold for too long and you need reinforcements. Luckily lemons are cheaper than medicines and doctors and may be the answer to your problems!
Lemons are high in vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid), which helps repair and regenerate tissues in the bones, blood vessels and skin, aids in iron absorption and can help you win that war against your cold. It’s also a great antioxidant, which can protect cells from damaging free radicals. Lemon water can reduce your time spent sick in bed and is also the perfect prevention technique to keep you out of there for good!
3. Incredible Mood Enhancer
Lemon juice has a positive affect on your mood and energy levels. It can help calm your nerves and reduce anxiety and depression. One cup of lemon water can brighten your mood and bring clarity of mind throughout the day.
Lemon water can also affect your ability to focus. The vitamin C in lemon juice (again with the vitamin C!) is one of the things your body needs to make norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that affects the part of your brain that controls attention. Even the smell of lemon juice can increase your ability to concentrate.
4. Digestion’s Best Friend
Your digestive system LOVES lemon water. Lemon juice can be used as a laxative in case of constipation. It also triggers the liver to produce bile, which is an important acid required for digestion. Drinking a warm cup of lemon water first thing in the morning gets that digestive system working smoothly and happily.
5. A Total Weight Loser
There is something to be said about drinking fewer calories by replacing your morning orange juice with lemon water. But there’s more to it than that. Lemons contain polyphenols, which may aid in reducing appetite and their high level of pectin fiber can help fight hunger cravings. Add lemon water to your diet and see the difference on the scale!
6. Detox Your Socks Off
As mentioned earlier, lemons are a big help to the digestive system. And a nicely operating digestive system helps prevent the buildup of toxins in the body. Lemons are also great for keeping your urinary tract healthy. Lemon juice increases the rate of urination in the body, which also helps flush out unwanted materials and toxins.
7. Breath Lemony Fresh
Lemons can freshen the worst of morning breaths and can even battle the odors and pain caused by gum diseases like gingivitis. A life tip to keep for yourself, or subtly offer to your roommates who need a little something in this area.
8. Lemon Lovely Skin
If you thought we were done with the vitamin C benefits, think again! Vitamin C strikes again by helping decrease wrinkles and blemishes. The detoxing qualities of lemon water keep your blood clear, which in turn can also help clear your skin. Drinking lemon juice and water brings out a healthy glow in your skin, adding the finishing touches to a perfect face.
9. A Lot Less Stress
When the pressure of your to-do list towers over you and the rope tethering you to mental sanity thins down to a mere string, your body releases cortisol. Cortisol, a hormone that responds to stress, gets the word to your body and mind that you’re stressed and it’s all dominoes from there.
Vitamin C (wow, there it is again!) prevents this rapid increase of cortisol, causing your physical and mental signs of stress to decrease, enabling you to combat life’s obstacles calmly and forcefully.
10. Heart, Body And Mind
In addition to the vitamin C (last time, I promise), the potassium in lemons can have a calming effect on the mind and the body. Because of this effect, lemon water can help control nausea, dizziness and high blood pressure. It’s especially helpful for anyone with heart problems, because it has built in antiseptic properties and natural medications.
Lemons. Who knew, right? One cup of lemon water in the morning can cleanse, freshen, enhance, strengthen and hydrate both inside and out. So grab those lemons and get squeezing!
Oh, and did I mention the vitamin C?
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Emilyn Gil is a 22 year old English Major at UVU. She started writing at age 6, and since then has won several awards including the Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key and was featured in the Kolob Canyon Review in Cedar City. Aside from the written word, her other passions include performing in the occasional musical theater production, and playing piano, guitar, and ukulele. Some of her favorite pastimes are baking, napping, and spending time with family. She likes monkeys, homemade rolls, and the color yellow. She has traveled to Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, and Canada, and currently resides in Orem, Utah with her husband Jorge. You can find more of her work online at emilyaddn.blogspot.com or on Instagram at @emilyncan.
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