Starting your day with a glass of warm water with lemon is a great way to support the cleansing process of the body and activate your organs. According to ayurvedic tradition the routines you create will either build up resistance to disease or tear it down. Having a morning routine in your dietary intake can help support finding the body’s natural rhythms and build discipline. To practice this simple ritual take the juice of ½ FRESH lemon squeezed into a cup and pour warm clean water over…Simple right? Check out the amazing benefits below.
Cleansing your system:
Helps to flush out unwanted waste as a diuretic so that toxins can be released faster and more efficiently. Citric acid also helps support optimal enzyme function which, in turn, supports the liver and aids in digestion.
The makeup of warm lemon water is similar to saliva and the hydrochloric acids of digestive juices and it encourages the liver to secrete bile, supporting digestion. Lemons help loosen toxins in the digestive tract and are also high in minerals and vitamins. Warm lemon water stimulates bowel movements, and can relieve indigestion, heartburn and bloating.
Balances pH levels of the body:
Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods in the body because the way citric acid is metabolized. Lemons contain both citric acid and ascorbic acid which actually help alkalize the blood. Disease needs acidic environments to survive; drinking lemon water regularly can enhance the body’s overall alkalinity, improving health and reducing inflammation.
Boosts the Immune System:
Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) found in lemons demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects, and is used as complementary support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms plus, it enhances iron absorption in the body; iron plays an important role in immune function. Lemons also contain saponins, which show antimicrobial properties that may help keep cold and flu at bay. Lemons also reduce the amount of phlegm produced by the body.
Supports and enhances mood:
The smell of lemon is uplifting and has a direct enhancement on brain by supporting clear thought and focus. It helps with anxiety and depression by brightening your mood. Lemon also contains negative ions that enhance energy when ingested.
Aids in weight loss:
Lemon is part of a more alkaline diet and studies show that people who have this type of diet lose weight more quickly, it is also high in pectin fibers which are know to fight cravings and hunger attacks.
Supports the lymph:
Lemon water can help support and replace fluids lost by the body combating the negative effects of dehydration.
Clears the Skin:
Vitamin C is essential to a healthy complexion and the alkalinity of lemon can help kill off bacteria that creates acne. Antioxidants support reduction and prevention of wrinkles and blemishes and fights free radical damage. Because lemon supports detoxification internally and your skin is a reflection of your internal environment it also help to clear any imperfections that result from your body’s toxicity.
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), found in abundance in lemons, promotes wound healing, and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage. As noted previously, vitamin C also displays anti-inflammatory properties. Combined, vitamin C is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of good health and recovery from stress and injury.