Welcome back everyone! I wanted to start a series that highlighted different routines/rituals that I have picked up over the years that have positively impacted my day-to-day living. The first post in this series is centered around that little yellow fruit – Lemons!!!
I would say a little over six months ago I noticed my mother starts her mornings with a warm cup of water with lemon. I asked her why she did it and she told me “because the doctor said so.” I jumped on google and started my research and wow was I shocked at all the health benefits a little lemon could give! I quickly incorporated this into my morning routine. Here are three reasons you should too:
“Research suggests that free radicals have a significant influence on aging, that free radical damage can be controlled with adequate antioxidant defense, and that optimal intake of antioxidant nutrient may contribute to enhanced quality of life.” (1) Vitamin C and other antioxidants found in lemons help combat free radical damage – damage caused by environmental toxins and UV exposure. It is also believed that lemon water helps in the purging of toxins in the blood. This in turn helps keep your skin blemish free! (2) Lastly, “according to FitDay, vitamin C assists in the production of collagen, so having more in your diet can prevent wrinkles from forming.” (3)
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is considered one of the principle micronutrient antioxidants. (Along with vitamin E and B-carotene.) These antioxidants are powerful in the fight against free radicals and can prevent free radical induced tissue damage. Free radical damage can be caused by environmental toxins and UV exposure. (2) Unfortunately, the body does not supply these micronutrients and they have to be found in the diet. (1) Hello Lemons!!
“According to Jethro Kloss in his book Back to Eden, “Medicinally, lemons act as an antiseptic – an agent that will prevent infection or putrefaction. …They also assist in cleansing the system of impurities. The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is also a solvent for uric acid and other poisons.” It is also mentioned that the liver can make more enzymes out of fresh lemon juice than any other food element! (4) Lemons are also believed to reduce inflammation in the liver and a flavonoid found in lemons can protect your liver against exercise – induced oxidative stress. (5)
These are just three areas in the body that benefit from lemon water. First thing in the morning I grab a coffee mug and fill it with filtered water. While I microwave it for a minute and half, I grab one of the precut lemon wedges from the fridge and then squeeze the juice into the water and then drop the entire wedge into the water. I sip on this while I get ready for work in the morning. It helps me to prewash and precut the wedges so I can just grab and go. There isn’t a certain amount of lemon juice to use you can use 1/4 or 1/2 of a lemon. The temperature of the water is also based on your preferences. Warm water is the best because our bodies can absorb it quickly.
I have included my sources below and there is such great information out there about the benefits of lemon water! Let me know what you think and if you incorporate it into your everyday!
Have you tried incorporating lemon water into your everyday? What differences can you feel or see?