The Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water In the Morning

Leah Nadolski
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What is the first drink that you take after waking up? Well, I hope it involves warm water and lemons because lemon water is all the rage nowadays. That's why you should consider waking up to a warm glass of lemon water instead of a hot cup of coffee or milk.

Today even restaurants are serving this drink routinely!

But why?

Lemons are delicious, and there's no doubt about that. But does adding them to warm water make you healthier?

According to Ashley Koff, a registered dietitian, drinking warm lemon water helps your body carry nutrients to your cells and eliminate waste products from the body.

Thus, drinking lemon water helps to kickstart your digestion process for a new day.

So what's unique about lemons?

Lemons don't just taste good with everything; they are also a good source of Vitamin C, antioxidants, and polyphenols.

The antioxidants present in Vitamin C will help you to fight damage caused by free radicals.

As a result, drinking lemon water after waking up rejuvenates your skin by giving your body the antioxidants it needs.

As much we associate lemons with vitamins c, they do offer more. Lemons are also low in sugar.

Research by the USDA National Nutrient Database says lemons contain:

  • vitamin B6
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin E
  • folate
  • niacin
  • thiamin
  • riboflavin
  • pantothenic acid

Plus, they also contain minerals like;

  • calcium
  • copper
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • phosphorus

As you will read below, lemons' health benefits go beyond minerals and vitamins.

However, replacing your daily hot beverage with lemon water doesnt guarantee you a healthy makeover.

But, starting your day with lemon water doesn't have a lot of downsides. So, why not try this routine?

Let us dive in and get to know why you should start your morning with lemon water.
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5 Benefits of taking lemon water in the morning.

Freshens your breath

Lemons keep your mouth fresh. Drinking a glass of lemon water in the morning and after meals helps get rid of bad breath. Lemons also help to stimulate saliva and water to prevent a dry mouth which leads to bad breath. They also help to relieve tooth pain and gingivitis.

Make it a point to brush your teeth before drinking lemon water. You can also rinse your mouth with water after drinking your glass of lemon water.

Lemon juice energizes you and enhances your mood

The food you eat contains atoms and molecules which give your body.

After food enters your digestive tract, a reaction occurs when positively charged ions interact with negatively charged enzymes.

And lemons are among the few foods that contain more negatively charged ions, which gives your body more energy when you consume them.

Plus, the scent of the lemons has energizing and mood-enhancing properties.

Lemons' scent can clear your mind and brighten moods. They also will reduce your depression and anxiety levels.

Lemons Boosts Your Immune System

Ascorbic acid in lemons helps fight cold. The high potassium levels in lemons help stimulate nerve and brain functions—potassium assists you control blood pressure. Vitamin C found in these citrus fruits has anti-inflammatory effects. Thus, it supplements respirator symptoms like asthma.

Vitamin C also enhances iron absorption in the body, which plays a vital role in immune function. Lemons help keep you from flu by demonstrating antimicrobial properties. And the compound responsible for this is saponin.

Additionally, lemons reduce the amounts of phlegm produced in your body.

They help with weight loss

Research says that polyphenols antioxidants in lemons can help suppress body fat accumulation.

Studies on mice say the polyphenols antioxidants compounds in lemons help eliminate harmful blood glucose levels and improve insulin resistance. These two factors are responsible for the development of type two diabetes.

The research is not conclusive in humans. But anecdotal properties in lemons are evidence enough that drinking lemon water supports weight loss.
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Lemon water also aids digestion

Lemon juice helps to get rid of waste materials. And it encourages the liver to produce bile, which is an acid that plays a vital role in digestion.

So, intake of warm lemon water is good for you because it jump-starts your digestive system in the morning without overloading it.

Plus, it allows to digest more food and helps prevent building up toxins.

Therefore, it aids in digestion which reduces heartburn and constipation. So don't worry about the acid in lemons giving you heartburn.

The Bottom Line

As discussed above, starting your day with a glass of warm lemon water is beneficial to you.

Studies indicate lemon water has lots of health benefits.

Consider embracing this simple detox now, if you haven't already. It would be best if you experimented with it to tell its effect on your body.

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Leah is a personal trainer and health, wellness, and fitness blogger. She is also a social media enthusiast creating videos on TikTok, and encourage people to exercise and eat healthily, to build their empires while staying on top of fitness.

Chicopee, MA

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