I’ve been drinking warm lemon water—or my fancier version: My Morning Elixir—for nearly a decade now. Starting your morning off with a warm glass of tangy water is a great way to kickstart your body’s systems after a long slumber. In fact, you’d get a lot of benefits by just drinking warm plain water right after waking—but adding lemon to the mix is even better!
If you suffer from any kind of intestinal sluggishness, adding lemon water to your routine is a great way to make sure your digestion gets started first thing in the morning—and can really help things move along. I’ve struggled with life-long constipation, and after years of trying different remedies, I was amazed by how well regularly drinking warm lemon water in the mornings helped (among other things—another post for another time).
Lemons are nutritional powerhouses, but are often overlooked for daily consumption because of their sourness. And when they are used, they are paired with so much sugar that it counterbalances the positives. Now, I love a good slice of lemon meringue pie as much as the next gal, but that pie isn’t going to nourish your body in the same way that regular consumption of unsweetened fresh lemon juice will.
Since my Lyme diagnosis, I’ve increased my intake of lemon water to beyond my morning routine. Lemon helps to optimize our body’s natural detoxification systems—which is great news for someone like me who is trying to flush out an invader from my body. Even if you aren’t fighting an illness, I highly recommend adding lemon water to your day. Here are some reasons why:
- Digestion. Lemon naturally assists the body’s digestive process. Drinking lemon water in the morning “jump starts” the body’s digestive system after the long overnight dormant period.
- Purification. Lemon is a natural antiseptic and helps to flush impurities out of the system. This means healthier skin, healthier hair and nails, and a generally well-functioning body.
- Neutralization. While lemons taste acidic, they actually have akalizing properties once inside our bodies. The typical American diet is very, very acidic, so the lemon helps to balance this acid.