5 Important Reasons To Start Your Day With Lemon Water
Starting your day with lemon water is an awesome habit for your daily self care routine.
By starting your day with lemon water, you can boost your metabolism, activate your digestive system, spark your cells with much-needed hydration and protective vitamin C.
This basic - yet profound - little protocol is as simple as squeezing the juice of one whole lemon into a glass, filling it with water, and then stirring in a good pinch of Celtic Sea Salt or Fine Himalayan Salt, before putting it down the hatch when you rise.
Make this a daily ritual and it'll jumpstart your morning routine and positively impact your health in more ways than one.
Keep reading to find out five key reasons you should start your day with lemon water; you’re going to wish you knew about them sooner!
1. Aids Digestion
Lemons are one of mother nature's most powerful cleansing foods.
The particular acids in lemons are great for breaking down food and speeding up the digestive process. Don't be fooled into thinking that because lemons are naturally 'acidic' that they are harmful to the body - quite the opposite. In its natural state, lemon juice is has a pH level of approximately 2 (relatively acidic), though once metabolised, it actually becomes alkaline with a pH of at least 7 (which is very healthy for the body).
For this reason, lemon water can help stimulate the elimination of bulk stored in your digestive tract faster, which of course, helps to flush out unwanted toxins from the body.
Additionally, lemon water encourages the liver to produce more bile, which is even better at breaking down foods. This can improve the symptoms of many digestive issues, like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohns, and Colitis, while also giving you relief from everyday bloating, gas, and heartburn to make your meals much easier on you.
Stomach acids actually decline as we age, which means that lemon water can be even more helpful for improving your digestion as you get older.
Learn more in 9 Incredible Health & Healing Benefits of the Lemon.
2. Prevent Kidney Stones
If you’ve never experienced kidney stones, you’ll want to do everything in your power to avoid them and one of the secrets is as simple as starting your day with lemon water.
Kidney stones can occur when your urine has a build of too many crystal-forming substances, but lemon water provides the citric acid (or urinary citrate) to help flush them out.
Another cause of kidney stones is dehydration, so by drinking plenty of lemon water you can rehydrate when your body needs it most (first thing in the morning) and help nullify the environment in which kidney stones tend to occur.
3. Encourages Hydration
We all know we should be drinking more water, but oftentimes it’s easier said than done. So when there’s a healthy way to encourage us to meet our water goals, it’s a no brainer.
Starting your day with lemon water can be a great way to 'pay forward' your essential daily intake of water.
As you make this a ritual, you'll soon find that without even thinking about it, you'll be able to easily ingest 500ml - 1 litre of water before you do anything else at the very beginning of your day.
And when you consider that as an absolute minimum, you should be drinking 2 litres of water per day, it could be half your daily intake before you set foot out the door!
Remember, dehydration can affect everything you do, from essential bodily functions to your mood, attention, memory and even motor coordination, so ensuring you’re getting enough water throughout the day is crucial.
A more dose of lemon water is a smart way to jump-start your hydration, it's super refreshing and it tastes great.
And if you ever get tired of plain water throughout the day, just add some lemon for a tasty and healthy pep-up as well.
Handy Tip: If you're short on fresh lemons, you can also add a drop or two of pure lemon essential oil into your water for very similar benefits. This is super handy when you travel or to have in the kitchen for those days when there are no fresh lemons in the fridge!
One final point on hydration, if you struggle to consume enough water, at the very least, you should be eating lots of high water content fruits and drink their juices.
4. Promotes Weight Loss & Energy
Ensuring you’re at a healthy weight can do wonders for your health and wellbeing; it can help reduce inflammation, aches and pains, a variety of illnesses, and overall keep your happier and healthier for longer.
So, when we find natural “tricks” to keep our weight in check, they’re worth looking into.
Start your day with lemon water to boost your metabolism at a critical time of day (studies show that how you spend your morning can significantly affect your weight loss), plus it helps you ditch calorie-loaded breakfast drinks like orange juice and lattes. Over time, this small change can add up in a big way.
Plus, starting your day with lemon water can be the invigorating push you need to get wake up and get moving, so that you’re energised for a workout or a busy day.
The scent of lemon can even help fight depression and anxiety, so starting the day off with the right mindset is incredibly beneficial.
5. Provides Antioxidant Boost
Lemons are a powerhouse when it comes to vitamins and minerals. This citrus fruit can give you a much-needed antioxidant boost thanks to the high vitamin C content.
Vitamin C is incredibly beneficial, since it can not only boost skin health and improve immunity, but also protect you from the damage of free radicals.
Learn more in How to Keep Your Skin Healthy, Soft & Supple.
Lemons also offer potassium, which your body needs enough of everyday to actually function properly. It helps with muscle-nerve communication, as well as transporting both nutrients and waste through the body.
The phytonutrients in lemons also prevent oxidation and disease, so it’s safe to say that starting your day with lemon water can impact your health in more ways than one.
Start your day with lemon water for an incredibly beneficial boost to your health and wellness. From improving your digestion to staving off illness and disease, it’s clear that lemon water can be an important addition to your morning routine.
Why you should start your day with COLD lemon water...
Many health 'gurus' are advocates for warm water, but cold actually has more benefits.
"Cold" is how the ancients used to drink water from running streams. They understood that free flowing, cold water has a higher frequency that boosts metabolism and rehydrates the cells.
While it might be more comforting to drink warm water, morning is not the time to do it. Do at night when you're winding down e.g. before you go to bed.
Combining lemon with cold water will is stimulating, invigorating you and energising at a different level to what warm water provides.
Add a dash of sea salt…
Salt is the electrolyte of all ten thousand trillion cells of your body.
You need salt for your vital organs to perform at their best.
By adding a little salt to your morning lemon water, you'll be fuelling your cells with much needed electrolytes and also further stimulating the flushing of toxins from your digestive system.
It might seem like a simple change, but cold lemon water in the morning really is rall that it’s cracked up to be and more.
It's amazing how one small adjustment to your morning routine can bring you tons of health benefits. So why not start with Lemon Water?
Final tip: Wherever possible, opt for locally grown, spray-free or organic lemons and fresh filtered water that has been chilled. If you can get your hands on a quality spring water or aquifer water from a trusted source, that's also a great way to go.
Be sure only to use nature-made sea salt too, rather than regular table salt which has been chemically tweaked.
Here's to lemon water when you rise and a more energised day and life!
Tolman Self Care.