Why Lemon Water?
Tired of boring tasteless water?! Lemon water, which has a refreshing sweet and tangy taste is a great way to stay hydrated throughout your busy days. Lemons, grown on trees known as Citrus Limon, are tiny nutritional powerhouses. They contain a large variety of nutrients such as Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Fiber, etc. All these benefits for only 20 calories a glass!
1. Strengthens Immune System
Vitamin C is one of lemon’s most abundant vitamin. A single lemon contains 30-40mg of Vitamin C. Why is Vitamin C so important you may ask? Vitamin C is vital for growth and repair of tissues in all parts of our body. It is also one of many antioxidants which helps reduce damages by free radicals. Lemon water has been proven to effectively help with dealing with stress. In fact, vitamin C aids in clearing out cortisol, a primary stress hormone. High and constant levels of cortisol could be very damaging to the body as well as imparting cognitive performance, elevated blood pressure, sleep disruption, and many other negative effects.
2. Aids Digestion
It is quite normal from time to time to suffer from stomach problems. Lemon water can aid in digestion. Drinking a very hot glass of lemon water first thing in the morning will help in regulating natural bowel movements. By regulating these bowel movements you can avoid those nagging stomach problems and enjoy your meals to a larger extent!
3. Cleanses Your System
Hot lemon water can also be used as an effective cleanser for your body. Lemon water can serve as a natural diuretic which will promote eliminating harmful bacteria known to cause urinary tract infection. Additionally, because it acts as a natural (but gentle) diuretic it will help get rid of excess water weight and help with bloating (you should continue to hydrate regularly throughout the day).
4. Good Skin
Having a tough time dealing with acne? Lemon’s powerful source of Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants combats free radicals. Especially the damage by constant UV exposure. Lemon juice can be applied on scars and wrinkles to minimize and offset signs of aging.
5. Substitute For Coffee
Hooked on coffee? I find myself drinking up to four cups on very busy days, but drinking hot lemon water has proved to be an effective substitute. Try it for yourself and replace your morning cup of coffee with a glass of hot lemon water. It’s a great way to stay refreshed and energized for your busiest work days. Hot lemon water is a fantastic way of avoid that mid afternoon crash as well as becoming highly dependent on caffeine.
Lemon Water Challenge!
Who doesn’t love a challenge? I would like you to commit to a challenge that will improve your health as well as the way you feel. It’s simple! For the next 21 days, I want you to begin each morning by drinking a big hot glass of lemon water. The glass of hot lemon water should be drank within the 1 hour of waking up. It is important that you drink this before eating any meal. Trust me, you will see all the benefits unfold as the days pass. In addition, by adding a healthy habit to your morning routine you may see yourself having a more cautious approach to your eating habits.
You can make this a fun challenge by recording how you feel each day! Make sure to come back and comment on this post about any changes you’ve felt throughout and at the conclusion of the challenge.
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