Lemon juice as your morning drink…

You can see in a lot of places about the benefits of drinking water with lemon in a morning. I try to do this, as much to get a good portion of my daily water early in the day (so that I don’t forget it later). But I do enjoy lemon water. I drink mine more or less at room temperature so that I hope none of the benefits are lost in heat. This article, on WellnessMama.com, lists some of the benefits of drinking lemon water, but also points out what the author thinks are myths.

I do like the recipe that she includes: she adds fresh ginger to her lemon water – which should give a nice, wakeup zing in the morning!

I’ve occasionally had a glass of warm lemon water in the mornings for years, but usually just because it sounded good and I wanted something warm besides coffee or herbal tea.

Lemon Water in the AM

In the last few weeks, I’ve seen several pictures and posts floating around touting the benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning, so I decided to investigate this habit I’d already intuitively had for years.

Turns out there are real benefits to drinking lemon water, but some over-hyped ones as well.

5 Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

1. Helps Digestion

The biggest benefit may be from the temperature of the water and not even the added lemon. Drinking any water, or especially warm water, first thing in the morning can help flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body.

Think about this… during sleep, you typically haven’t been drinking for at least 8 hours. Giving the body adequate water when you first wake up is a great way to get your body and your mind going.

A college friend of mine who had studied in Japan brought back that habit with her. She said that where she stayed in Japan, it was customary to drink 2-3 glasses of water first thing in the morning and that when she tried it she had noticeably more energy and improved digestion throughout the day.

Read on for more benefits…

 

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