Let me start by saying that my husband isn’t totally on board with this whole ‘real food movement’ (don’t get me wrong, he gets it, but loves his bread, pasta & chocolate way too much) but one thing that he is on board with is lemon water. He swears that lemon water is the reason he went the whole of the year 2013 without a cold and if either of us are feeling run down, the saying in our household is “better get on the lemon water”. You’ve probably heard of many people starting their day with a glass of warm water and lemon juice, and Michael and I are no exception. Here are some reasons why you to should “get on the lemon water”.
Detoxing – having lemon juice in warm water first thing in the morning helps to flush out stored toxins
Boosts your immune system – helping to keep infections and colds away thanks to its vitamin C content
Cold reliever – Helps to lessen the severity of the common cold once its hit and speed up recovery
Alkalising – by balancing the pH levels in the body
Aids digestion – by encouraging the production of bile and digestive juices
Skin health – rejuvenates skin from the inside, giving you a healthy glow and helping prevent wrinkles and acne
Eye health – maintains eye health and helps prevent future eye problems
Hydrating – if you find plain water boring then this can make it easier to drink enough water
Workout recovery – helps to replenish body salts after an intense workout
Infection control – prevents the growth of pathogenic bacteria that contributes to infections and disease
Metabolism booster – helps to kick start your metabolism and gear your body up for weight loss
Prevents constipation and diarrhea – by making it easier to eliminate waste products from the body
Pain relief – dissolves uric acid helping to reduce joint pain and inflammation
Tastes great – soothing to drink warm in winter and refreshing to drink cold in summer
We usually drink our lemon water warm by pouring boiled water into a mug with about an inch of cold water and squeezing a quarter to half a fresh lemon in. I don’t recommended drinking concentrated lemon juice as it can ruin the enamel on the teeth when in direct contact. Often we’ll drink a couple of mugs of diluted lemon water each morning or my husband will take a 1L flask of warm water to work with a few slices of fresh lemon.