We all know that we need to drink enough water. After all, we are made up of approximately 65 percent water so we need to replenish our supplies. But, is there any real benefit of adding lemon to our water or drinking hot lemon water to start our day? The short answer is yes.
Every cell in your body depends on adequate pure water to ensure its proper functioning. Whether it is to lubricate your joints or to ensure the electrical current between brain and nervous system cells, water is necessary for your body to work in a healthy manner. Adding freshly-squeezed lemon juice to your water not only adds a flavor boost, it also aids your health as well.
The tart flavor of lemons encourages the healthy flow of bile which in turn helps to ensure excess fats or cholesterol in the intestines are addressed. Additionally, the bile secretion stimulates the contractions in the intestines to ensure the movement of waste matter through the intestines. Not only does that reduce transit time in the bowels, it also prevents absorption of waste matter through the intestinal walls into the bloodstream, which is the means by which nutrients are absorbed into the blood. This simple process can not only keep you regular, reduce toxic buildup in the intestines from being absorbed into the blood, but also help to eliminate toxic matter from your body.
Lemons also contain many nutrients, including vitamin C, the muscle and nerve relaxant mineral magnesium, as well as the phytonutrient known as limonene. Limonene helps neutralize toxic matter in the liver and even has anti-cancer activity, giving you even more reason to enjoy that hot lemon water.
Ideally, start every morning with a large glass of water with the fresh juice of one lemon. Sorry, bottled lemon juice won’t do. It must be the real deal. If you can’t bear the taste of the lemon water, add a few drops or a small pinch of pure stevia drops or powder to sweeten it. It will taste like lemonade. Stevia is an herb that is naturally hundreds of times sweeter than sugar without impacting blood sugar levels. However be aware that there are many companies corrupting stevia with harmful ingredients and other sweeteners so be sure to read the label on the product you choose.
Add a touch of cayenne and you’ll also benefit from enhanced circulation since cayenne is well-known for its heart and circulatory benefits. The added dash of cayenne also helps clear your sinuses, which may help with sinus infections or head colds, which are so prevalent this time of year.
After a night’s sleep your body is ready for water first thing in the morning. Hot lemon water not only helps to keep you hydrated but also helps to clear your bowels first thing in the morning. Let’s face it: most of us would rather do our business at home before heading to work or other places. While first thing in the morning is a great time to drink hot lemon water, you can still benefit from drinking this beverage throughout the day.
Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-news World’s Healthiest News, the Cultured Cook, president of ScentsationalWellness, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty & Cooking.