I first came across the idea to drink hot lemon water each morning while doing Sadie Nardini’s Daily Ohm Course, 21 Day Yoga Body (which I loved and will be blogging about soon!). She suggested having an 8oz glass of warm water with half a lemon’s juice 20 minutes before breakfast to detox each day (you can also add a little honey or agave syrup to taste if it’s too tart for you).
I wanted to learn more about drinking this tart H2O every morning. If you search for “hot lemon water” you will come across a ton of sites talking about its benefits and even more trying to talk to you into using as a total detox or weight loss miracle. While lemon water is detoxifying and it can help you lose weight, I doubt it should not be the main component of your healthy diet and exercise plan. Below is info from one the best articles I came across in my search.
Top Benefits of Lemon Water (via LifeMojo.com)
- Good for your stomach
Lemon can help relieve many digestion problems when mixed with hot water. These include nausea, heartburn and parasites. Due to the digestive qualities of lemon juice, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are relieved. By drinking lemon juice regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently. Lemon acts as a blood purifier and as a cleansing agent. The intake of lemon juice can cure constipation. It is even known to help relieve hiccups when consumed as a juice. Lemon juice acts as a liver tonic and helps you digest your food by helping your liver produce more bile. It decreases the amount of phlegm produced by your body. It is also thought to help dissolve gallstones.
- Excellent for skin care
Lemon, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can participate to cure problems related to skin. Lemon is a vitamin C rich citrus fruit that enhances your beauty, by rejuvenating skin from within and thus bringing a glow on your face. Daily consumption of lemon water can make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin. It acts as an anti-aging remedy and can remove wrinkles and blackheads.
- Aids in dental care
Lemon water is used in dental care also. If fresh lemon juice is applied on the areas of toothache, it can assist in getting rid of the pain. The massages of lemon juice on gums can stop gum bleeding. It gives relief from bad smell and other problems related to gums.
HOWEVER, I read somewhere else about the damage the extra acid can cause to your enamel. So I picked up some Pronamel (the gentle whitening kind because I may or may not need the protection against wine stains as well…).
- Cures throat infections
Lemon is an excellent fruit that aids in fighting problems related to throat infections, sore throat and tonsillitis as it has an antibacterial property. For sore throat, dilute one-half lemon juice with one-half water and gargle frequently.
- Good for weight loss
One of the major health benefits of drinking lemon water is that it paves way for losing weight faster, thus acting as a great weight loss remedy. If a person takes lemon juice mixed with lukewarm water and honey, it can reduce the body weight as well.
* I believe some studies have shown that it helps increase metabolism!
- Acts as a blood purifier
The diseases like cholera or malaria can be treated with lemon water as it can act as a blood purifier.
** read the rest of the article here and see more about the benefits like reducing fever, it treating Rheumatism, controlling high blood pressure, and assisting in respiratory diseases
I’ve been drinking a cup of hot lemon water about a half hour before breakfast (or while I check twitter and read A Year of Living Your Yoga each morning) for over a month and really do think it’s helped with my digestive system and skin. However, I’ve also been eating drastically healthier in the past few months which has made a big difference.
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