Sam Negrin

April 11, 2015

Top 5 Reasons To Drink Warm Water & Lemon

by Sam Negrin / GOOD FOOD / Health 101 / 0 Comments

If you thought coffee helped you ‘flush out your system’ in the morning–you need to start drinking warm water with lemon when you wake up, too. There is an incredible alkalizing reaction with lemon juice and warm water that helps us flush out unwanted toxins and aid in digestion–which in turn, helps our skin look brighter and calms our appetites. If there’s one step you want to take towards a healthier morning, please let this be it! Here’s A Break-Down of The Top 5 Reasons To Drink Warm Water & Lemon:

1. Alkalize Your Body–Balance Your pH Levels
It’s true that lemon is a citrus, therefore it’s naturally acidic. But when the lemon juice is digested with warm water, it becomes naturally alkalizing to our body. Why do we need to alkalize, anyway? When we have too much acid in our bodies, it builds up negative affects like acid reflux, upset stomachs, acne and more. When we alkalize, we’re helping to balance the pH to a more neutral state. You can pick up pH strips to measure check your balance at most drug stores.

2. Aid In Digestion
The citrus flavanoids that develop with warm lemon water act as the primary aid in digestive health. They aid in the assimilation of food, calm upset stomachs, reduce insulin sensitivity and have been linked to decreasing the chance of cardiovascular disease. It helps retract symptoms of indigestion like heart burn, acid reflux, bloating and burping. Also when you think about it, your body is pretty dehydrated when you wake up in the morning after 8 hours of sleep; replenishing your body is essential to helping your digestive system wake up.

3. Eliminate Unwanted Toxins
Lemon water helps stimulate your liver, which results in a serious flush in the morning. There are studies that show how lemon water can help stimulate bile production and stomach acid production, which help aid your body to flush out unwanted toxins every morning.

4. Appetite Suppressant
Drinking warm lemon water in the morning has been linked to weight loss and a major appetite suppressant that works throughout the whole day. The pectin gives a feeling of fullness. There are studies that prove how warm lemon water can actually increase fat metabolism, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol, and decrease inflammation. So if you’re ever feeling sluggish and hungry around 4pm–try grabbing a glass of lemon water before you hit the vending machine.

5. Glowing Skin & Healthy Bones
Lemons have antioxidants that are linked to anti-aging properties. The Vitamin C aids collagen production, which leads to healthy skin and bones. When your pH is balanced and your digestive system is working properly, it helps sustain clear, glowing skin. Need I say more?

Tip: Add slices of fresh ginger, like in the photo above, to include immunity benefits too!

What’s your favorite morning routine? Dish in the comments below.

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