When life gives you a lemon, slice it in half, squeeze the juice into a warm cup of water and drink it first thing in the morning- every day if you can! Today, our in-house holistic nutritionist, Laura De Sanctis, CNP is back to explain why warm lemon water should be a part of your wellness routine, helping to kickstart your digestion and aid in cleansing your liver!
One of the first things I do in the morning when I wake up is have warm lemon water. You may have heard about this wonderful concoction but don’t know the benefits as to WHY it’s just so darn good for you! Whether detoxing or not, I suggest you drink water with lemon or apple cider vinegar every single morning on an empty stomach- before eating or drinking anything else, and before brushing your teeth!
I find drinking warm lemon water in the morning, is one of the simplest, most effective, daily cleansing rituals to practice and one of the safest practices when it comes to detoxing, which you can do for your body. I use lemon as it is a natural detoxifier, as it benefits the liver by stimulating bile, which helps carries toxins away from the liver.
Warm Lemon Water | How-To
1.) Use fresh juice (not from concentrate), from ¼ to ½ of a lemon or 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar (if you prefer.)
2.) Add the fresh lemon or apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm or room temperature filtered water.
3.) Drink this every morning on an empty stomach, before you brush your teeth and before you eat or drink anything else, especially if it’s coffee!
The benefits of warm lemon water include:
- Getting things flowing, first thing in the morning- allowing for better bowel movements
- Enhancing digestion, by stimulating the liver, encouraging the formation of bile and digestive secretions
- Increases stomach acid, when consumed before meals, which helps improve gut health
- Elimination of gas and bloating!
- Reducing heartburn
- Results in glowing skin, and whiter whites of the eyes
- An excellent source of Vitamin C- an antioxidant which helps neutralize free-radicals and flush unwanted bugs out of the system (think cold and flu)
If you’re experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, bloating, nausea, constipation, stomach pains– these could all be a sign of a weak functioning liver. This handy, dandy and simple tonic will help take back control of your health and get things moving again. Freshly squeezed lemon juice with warm water is great for relieving constipation. Lemon is rich in enzymes and highly acidic, which helps stimulate your digestive system and gets things moving! Increasing the amount of water you drink is a well-known detox and constipation remedy, but adding lemon juice gives it that extra kick and makes it that more effective.
After drinking your warm lemon water, swish some plain water in our mouth. This will help take off the acid of the lemon that can be harmful to the enamel of your teeth. If you have a sensitivity or simply do not like the taste of lemon, or if you feel it causes canker sores/digestive problems, you can switch to apple cider vinegar and water or freshly grated ginger and warm water in the morning.
Do you drink warm lemon water every morning? What are your go-to morning rituals? Share with us your thoughts!