Drinking lemon water daily has many health benefits and it’s also extremely inexpensive and takes only a few minutes of your time. Below I will outline the top 3 reasons why you should drink lemon water every day, what time of day it is most beneficial to drink it and how much to drink!
How to drink it:
They key is to squeeze the juice of 1/2 of a lemon into 12 ounces of room temperature water first thing in the morning and drink it 20-30 minutes before you have anything else to eat or drink for the day. This immediately boosts your digestive system and helps hydrate your body for the day.
Top 3 reasons why:
- Aids Digestive System – while you are sleeping at night, you most likely aren’t eating or drinking anything. This means your digestive system has been “at rest” for mostly likely around 8 hours straight. By drinking a glass of warm lemon water as soon as you wake up, your digestive systems begins to flush, get active and you will likely notice you also have more energy starting out the day.
- Helps keep you hydrated – According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), men are recommend to drink a total of 13 cups of fluid each day. For women, they suggest 9 cups of fluid each day. If you are pregnant and/or breastfeeding, you need even more fluids each day to stay hydrated. Water is known as the best liquid to keep you hydrated and adding lemon enhances the flavor, making you want to drink even more!
- Keeps your skin looking good – when your skin loses moisture it becomes dry. Dry skin can lead to wrinkles. The easiest and least harsh way (remember, this is a natural health blog!) to keep your skin looking good is to stay hydrated. Lemon water is an added bonus because of the vitamin C found in the tasty citrus fruit.
I hope you will take the extra few minutes first thing in the morning to jumpstart your day by drinking a glass of lemon water. If you do, let me know what you think in the comments below!