Health benefits of warm lemon water

Add some lemon to your daily mornings!

Are you up for a challenge? What about trading your morning cup of coffee with a cup of warm lemon water? I know this may sound less glamourous then your mug of coffee, but you should give it a try! This is a little ritual you can easily add to your daily morning routine. For the morning coffee fans, you can just add this warm lemon water before your coffee. My mojo is more about adding healthy food than focusing on reducing the "not so good" one, as I believe that adding healthy nutrients will get your body used to better food and it will soon ask for more healthy treats naturally. Starting your day with a mug of warm water with lemon juice is beneficial for your health. It is also a tradition followed in Ayurveda (traditional medicine originally from India) to stimulate the digestion. Drinking this before breakfast on an empty stomach will help cleansing your body and specially your liver and help you jumpstart your day.

What are the benefits?

  • Immune System

With the high level of vitamin C contained in lemon, it gives a boost to the immune system and purifies the blood. It has an antispetic effect which is very useful during the cold winter months as it helps fight colds, flu, sore throat and coughing and is also great to rejuvenate the skin from within and necessary for healthy gum. It contains limonene, an anti-cancer substance.  It is packed with minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus. The potassium helps lower the blood pressure and is beneficial for the nervous system as well, so it can reduce stress and help you start your day more calm and zen. It is also said that lemon can improve your mood and clear your mind thanks to the natural scent.

  • Cleansing

It's a great way to start your morning as it cleanses the toxins accumulated through the night. It specially cleanses your liver, as it is an efficient liver stimulant according to Jethro Kloss, author of "Back to Eden". The liver is an essential organ as it detoxifies the body. It has 500 different functions but the main ones are: helps with digestion, extracts nutrients and breaks down drugs and poison.

  • Weight Loss

As it eliminates the waste and toxins through the liver, the lemon water can help for weight loss control. Lemons contain pectin, which is a fiber that can help with food cravings and hunger. Also, starting your day with healthy habits can help you stay on the right track for the rest of the day.

  • PH Balance

Lemon is part of the alkalizing food group thanks to the citric acid which is an alkalizing agent, even though it is an acidic fruit. If you eat a lot of processed food, animal protein and sugar, your body might be more on the acidic side on the PH level (you can test it with PH strips available in pharmacies usually) and lemon water can help to balance it. An alkaline body can prevent disease and is much healthier, as illnesses and infections mainly occur in an acidic body.

  • Digestion

It helps your digestive and elimination system and relieves symptoms of heartburn, bloating, cramps and indigestion. Next time you'll have a big festive dinner, think of a warm lemon water.

You can also alternate with lime for a more exotic taste, as it is similar to lemon. Packed with vitamin C to support the immune system, the fibers prevent heart diseases and fight cholesterol.

Note: You should just be careful with your teeth and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing them after drinking lemon water as it is not good for the enamel and can do damages. To protect your teeth, you can also drink a glass of water or at least rinse your mouth with water afterwards or sip your drink with a straw to avoid the acidity on your teeth.

Don't drink it too hot, the water should be lukewarm, as if too hot, it isn't good for your digestive system. And half of a lemon in a mug is a good quantity. If you are not used to the acidic taste, you can start slowly with a few drops.

Happy lemon day!

Sources:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/111175-benefits-lemon-water/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/522483-warm-water-lemon-in-the-morning/

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4769/Why-You-Should-Drink-Warm-Water-Lemon.html

http://www.lifemojo.com/lifestyle/top-10-health-benefits-of-lemon-water-1422542#ixzz1Ly4F1tCS

http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/physical_health/conditions/in_depth/liver/liver_facts_functions.shtml

"Les 100 aliments pour rester en forme", Charlotte Haigh, 2005

How to start your day, the happy way!

RISE & SHINE!

 

Isn't it great the days you wake up in a good mood, the sun is shining or rain is showing up but you're ready to face the day and feel good?! Well I know it doesn't always happen like that and if you keep pushing snooze and you need to drag yourself out of bed...then you mornings are usually more like this #ILOVEMYBEDTOOMUCHTOLEAVEIT, like the majority of us and lets not even talk about snowy winters.

Here are some of my little morning rituals that make me smile and give me good vibes for the day:

 

  • Take time to wake up, stretch in your bed and feel your body after a night in dreamland. Set your alarm clock a few minutes earlier so you have time to slowly come back to life. Our cats & dogs friends practice this stretching routine pretty well!

 

  • Your alarm clock might well be giving you a panic attack every time you hear it, so think of other options like those zen clock or the ones simulating the sun light. You can also leave your blinds/curtains with some light passing through so your body will slowly be waking up by itself for a less aggressive wake up.

 

  • Positive vibes. First thought of the day should put a smile on your face! :) It can be a photo, an inspirational quote, your love sleeping next to you, your dog, the thought of something good planned for the day.

 

  • Be grateful for one more day where you get to be happy & in good health!

 

  •  Start your day with a fresh glass of water. This is something I can't live without. It is good for you as it hydrates your body after a long or short night, it gets rid of toxins, it's good for your brain and all your organs. And you can already cross one of the 8 glasses of water you should be drinking everyday. You can add some lemon juice in your water, it has many wonderful benefits and you'll be sure to have your vitamins C.

 

  • Open your window and take a couple of breaths. The fresh air will help you open your sleepy eyes.

 

  • Exercise! Yes! From sun salutations to a jog, jumping on your trampoline or sitting still & meditating for  5-10min, walking/biking to work, dancing in your kitchen, there are plenty of options to jumpstart your day. Get off a few stops before your destination and walk instead! Enjoy the fresh air, since you'll mostly be inside for the rest of the day! It will boost your mood and energy!

 

  • Put on lotion on your body. It will keep your skin hydrated and has a relax feeling of caring and connecting with your body. You'll feel good in your skin!Always finish your shower with cold water (at least your legs). It will improve your blood circulation, boost your immunity and it is definitely an energizer.

 

  • Juice/Smoothie Time!! This will give you the little energy boost! As you know breakfast will give you the strength to start the day and maintain your concentration level.

 

 

And don't leave your house without hugging your family, your love or your dog! This is some crazy super energy coming your way! ;)

So take time for your special mornings. Treat your body well, it is precious. Hitting the snooze button and rushing to work on an empty stomach won't put you in a good mood and won't help your health in the long run.

Share your morning rituals! Do you have any special routine?

Happy Mornings!