Most people when they begin to make an effort to drink more water they opt to add artificial flavors and additives. When I began making an effort to drink more water I didn’t opt for any flavors as I felt it defeated the purpose of drinking pure fresh water and reaping its natural benefits. Recently I decided to add a new twist to my water drinking habit by adding lemons. Drinking water, at least 1 liter a day, has been one of the best things I’ve done for my health. My digestion is regular, my skin is a lot less prone to breakouts and my hair and nails have benefited tremendously as well.
Lemons are a great way to add flavor to your drinking water due to its cleansing and immune boosting effects on the body. Check out the many health benefits of lemons and how I incorporate it into my daily routine.
Benefits of Lemon Water
- Neutralizes the body’s acidity levels, making it more alkaline, which reduces inflammation.
- High in antioxidant, improving skin texture and minimizing wrinkles.
- Can help reduce bacteria levels in the body related to yeast infections.
- Reduces constipation and aids digestion.
- Stimulates your liver to promote detoxification.
- Promotes clear skin and helps reduce acne.
- Helps fight viral infections and freshens your breath.
- Reduces appetite to help with weight loss as well as boost metabolism.
I prefer to take lemon water in the morning slightly hot so that I can sip about half a cup by the time I leave my house for work. It helps start my stomach up and avoid any bloating or constipated feeling by “going” every morning. I do have an issue with brushing my teeth beforehand, as the toothpaste taste sort of interferes with the lemon water so I brush my teeth right when I’m done getting dressed and had enough sips of lemon water.
Although I drink a lot of water, I usually do so after my morning tea or breakfast. I hardly have anything to drink before breakfast as I get cramps and feel uncomfortable. I also feel like the water just feels too heavy on an empty stomach, but have been getting used to it. I get this feeling because its stimulating my digestive system to get rid of all the backed up stuff from the day prior. So when I get that uncomfortable feeling I make my way to the toilet and feel very light and relieved since I suffer greatly with abdominal gases. This also helps keep a flat tummy feel too!
I will definitely keep lemon water in my morning routines and even if lemons are not included, I will make sure to drink at least 1 cup of water first thing before breakfast. I feel it helps me feel lighter due to the digestive factor.