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September 11, 2012 9:43 AM
Why You Should Drink Warm Water & Lemon
Written by Ashley Pitman
Posted on Mind Body Green May 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

" The way you start each day is incredibly important. Whether you're a mom, a coach, a writer, a small business owner or a yoga teacher, what you do first thing in the morning matters.

According to Ayurvedic philosophy, choices that you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to disease or tear it down.

Ayurveda invites us to get a jump-start on the day by focusing on morning rituals that work to align the body with nature's rhythms, balance the doshas and foster self-esteem alongside self-discipline.

Your mind may say you have to check emails, take the dog out, get the kids out the door, that you can't be late for work or that you just don't have enough time to cultivate your own morning rituals.

But, if you can only make time for one ritual that will improve your health, let it be this.....

Start the day out with a mug of warm water and the juice of half a lemon.

It's so simple and the benefits are just too good to ignore. Warm water with lemon:

1. Boosts you're immune system

Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.

2. Balances pH

Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they're alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health.

3. Helps with weight loss

Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. And, my experience is that when I start the day off right, it's easier to make the best choices for myself the rest of the day.

4. Aids digestion

The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.

5. Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic

Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.

6. Clears skin

The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.

7. Hydrates the lymph system

This cup of goodness helps start the day on a hydrated note, which helps prevent dehydration (obviously) and adrenal fatigue. When your body is dehydrated, or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue) it can't perform all of it's proper functions, which leads to toxic buildup, stress, constipation, and the list goes on. Your adrenals happen to be two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and along with your thyroid, create energy. They also secrete important hormones, including aldosterone. Aldosterone is a hormone secreted by your adrenals that regulates water levels and the concentration of minerals, like sodium, in your body, helping you stay hydrated. Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response. So, the bottom line is that you really don't want to mess with a deep state of dehydration!

Adopting just this one practice of drinking a cup of warm water with lemon in the morning for a month can radically alter your experience of the day. Don't be surprised if you begin to view mornings in a new light.

Like I said, the recipe is really simple—a cup of warm (not hot) water and the juice from half a lemon.

In the comments below, tell me which one of these benefits is going to get you to try this morning ritual. Or, if you're already a lemon water junkie, what specific benefits have you noticed? "
September 11, 2012 10:49 AM
I start my day with a warm glass of water with an Emergency C in it - wonder if it has as many benefits? Since starting (2 weeks), I have noticed I am more alert (not as much coffee needed) and my immune system has been strong. My skin has also been clearer. Interesting.
September 11, 2012 11:51 AM
Growing up, this is how my mother started her day -- and mine, too! I go in spurts -- months drinking it, years forgetting. What a great reminder. It really is a wonderful way to start the day. Starting tomorrow, I will begin again, thanks to you.
September 11, 2012 1:42 PM
I drink warm water & lemon most mornings (unless I forget). Months ago I had a friend recommend it to me and I've been hooked ever since. It really helps balance out my system. I could never explain why - only that it just made me feel right. Now it all makes sense. smile Great post!
September 11, 2012 2:39 PM
what if you do green tea with lemon in it? Does that give the same benifits?
September 11, 2012 3:55 PM
I love water with lemons! Here in the Central Valley of CA lemons really do grow on trees! People have so many lemons they don't know what to do with them and sadly a lot of them go to waste. But I take as many free lemons as I can. I have lemons in tap water, warm water, green tea and other kinds of herbal tea like raspberry, and sometimes hot water with lemon and ginger root! I also cook with lemon juice a lot or put it in my salad dressing. When I get away from my lemon routine I do feel a lack of energy but when I have fresh lemons the energy and feeling I get from them is amazing! I keep telling my co-workers they have magical powers but they do not believe me...they may never know because they are afraid to step outside their comfort zone and try new things.
September 11, 2012 5:03 PM
Thanks! I know a lot about lemons, and the benefits of this, but I forgot about the pH balancing. That helps me out sooo much right now with the stomach pains I've been dealing with! I think I've gone out of balance lately.

Apple Cider Vinegar is supposed to be even more superior to lemons.
Edited by Steph_135 On September 11, 2012 5:05 PM
September 11, 2012 5:06 PM

what if you do green tea with lemon in it? Does that give the same benifits?

Yes! For sure, but sometimes I wonder if the tea is too hot, if it ruins the enzymes of the lemon a little bit. I never drink really hot hot tea.
September 11, 2012 6:09 PM
I am definitely going to try this in the morning. Thanks for the post! happy
September 12, 2012 10:13 AM
Me likey!!
September 12, 2012 1:04 PM
Great way to start the day!
September 12, 2012 2:11 PM
Yesterday, Dr. Oz gave his favorite recipe for detoxing the liver: 1/4 cup hot water, one lemon wege, a few drops of hot sauce. Drink first thing in the morning. Today, I added the hot sauce to my 8 ounces of hot water and half a lemon. Loved it!
September 13, 2012 4:21 AM
I might try that, what kind of hot sauce? I have tabasco and franks...sounds interesting. I do a 20 oz. glass of cold water every morning to start out...I'll switch to hot and see what happens.
September 14, 2012 9:27 AM
He didn't specify any brand. Just liquid hot sauce -- Tabasco and Frank's are both fine.
September 15, 2012 7:48 AM
I saw Doctor oz show as well. I think ill try to start Monday.
September 17, 2012 12:23 PM

Yesterday, Dr. Oz gave his favorite recipe for detoxing the liver: 1/4 cup hot water, one lemon wege, a few drops of hot sauce. Drink first thing in the morning. Today, I added the hot sauce to my 8 ounces of hot water and half a lemon. Loved it!

Did he specify how many drops? If not, how many did you use? I'm not a huge fan of hot sauce but I'm willing to try it. I have been drinking warm water with lemon in it for a few days now and enjoying it.

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