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1 Dec 2015

Lemon Honey Water Morning Self-Love Affair

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Warm lemon water serves as the perfect ‘good morning drink’! Starting your day with a healthy ritual like this will set you up for success for the rest of the day and it is a great reminder that health comes first. As far as routines go, it’s a pretty simple one to get into. You probably already know it is very important to support our bodies by drinking enough water, especially in the morning. Drinking water helps maintain the balance of body fluids and functions like circulation, digestion, maintenance of body temperature and transportation of nutrients.  But have you ever tried warm lemon water with honey? Warm Lemon Water is an inexpensive drink hailed as one of the most popular magic potions in the wellness community, promoted as the key to healthy skin and digestion.  And when you add a full spoon of honey to go with it, you’ll be having a daily morning love affair.  For such a simple drink, the list of lemon water benefits is impressive. Even if you’re not a big H2O drinker, you might find yourself reaching for a glass when you check out how awesome it is for your body and mind!

8 Benefits of Drinking Warm Lemon Water with Honey

 1. It makes your body more alkaline.

Alkalinity, it’s the process of neutralizing acid in the body.  Our bodies have different levels of acidity and alkalinity, and learning to strike the right balance between the two is one of the keys to good health. Lemons have a alkalinizing affect on the body and lemon water is a safe and effective way to manage your pH levels.  Achieving healthy alkalinity may benefit in bone health, reduced muscle wasting, decrease chances of hypertension and strokes, improved cardiovascular health, and improved memory (12).

2. It improves digestion.

Lemon juice not only helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating, it encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract. If you happen to have some trouble pooping, warm water and lemon might be just the thing to help you go. Drinking plenty of water is helpful for constipation in general, and the citrus can give some help to get things moving inside.

3. It makes your skin glow with health and beauty.

Thanks to all the vitamin C in lemons, your skin reaps the benefits of you drinking lemon water as well.  The antioxidants in lemon juice help to decrease blemishes, and vitamin C assists in the production of collagen, so having more in your diet can prevent wrinkles from forming. It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.  And of course, drinking lots of water is great for skin in general.

4. It energizes and enhances mood.

The scent of a lemon has energizing and mood enhancing properties. The smell of lemon juice can help clear your mind, brighten your mood and lemon can also help reduce anxiety and depression.  It is also one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions, therefore providing your body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract.  Because the energy a human receives from food comes from a r eaction that occurs when positive charged ions from food enter the digestive tract and interact with negative charged enzymes.

5. It freshens breath.

Besides fresher breath, lemons have  been known to help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. But be aware that citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should be mindful of this. It s best to use a glass straw to drink your warm lemon water with.  Do not brush your teeth just after drinking your lemon water. It is best to brush your teeth first, then drink your lemon water, or you can rinse your mouth with purified water after you finish your lemon water.

6. It promotes healing.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) promotes wound healing.  It is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage and it is found in abundance in lemons. Vitamin C and honey also display anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of good health and recovery from stress and injury.

7. It hydrates the lymph system.

When your body is lacking enough water, you can definitely feel the side effects.  You can feel tired, sluggish, have decreased immune function, feel constipated, have lack of energy, low/high blood pressure, lack of sleep, lack of mental clarity and feeling stressed. Warm water and lemon juice supports the immune system by hydrating and replacing fluids lost by your body.

8. It helps with weight loss.

Because lemons are high in pectin fiber, they help fight hunger cravings. Studies have shown that those people maintaining a more alkaline diet do in fact lose weight faster.