My 30 day warm lemon water first thing in the morning challenge.
So, I have been drinking warm lemon water in the morning for years but I forget all the time. I will get a few days in a row and then fall off the wagon.
I have decided to make a challenge for myself to see what I will feel like after a 30 day challenge. With the holidays coming and all the over-eating, drinking and cookies… I want to do my best to be balanced.
I have read all the benefits of drinking it every morning and I know for sure that it makes me feel good when I do, but I am interested to see what it will feel like to do it consecutively for 30 mornings.
I mix 1/2 medium lemon with 8 oz of water. Sometimes I will add a little Cayenne pepper for a kick. If my throat is dry sometimes I will add I dash of honey for a little ginger. 🙂
Below are a few of the benefits of drinking the lemon water first thing in the morning. I think you should do it with me for 30 days and let me know how it works out for you 🙂 Health, wealth and happiness. xo T.Lurie
Unique Health Benefits of Lemons
1. Lemon Water as Detox and Cleanse
This is the first benefit that comes to mind when it comes to lemon water, and usually the most overstated. We’ve cited a few scientific sources that give true insight on the potential for lemon water as a natural detox.
Not surprisingly, the amount of urine is increased when drinking lemon water, however, lemon water brings with it the primary compound known as Citrate.
This is a naturally-occurring inhibitor of toxins (which can build up in the form of crystals in the body). The Citric acid enhances your body’s ability to naturally flush out these unwanted toxins.
Toxins come into our systems through various sources: from the air we breathe to some of the foods we eat.
The main premise behind lemon water as a detox revolves around its ability to enhance your bodies enzyme function and stimulate the liver. Basically your liver acts as your body’s filtration system, and lemon water enhances its ability to filter unwanted junk.
Studies indicate that in cases where toxins have built up in the body, the lemon juice and peel have cleansing properties. Using lemon water, especially after meals may help you lower the amount of toxins in your body.
2. Improve Digestion with Lemon Water
Citrus flavonoids are the primary cause of improved digestion when drinking warm lemon water. They aid in the assimilation of food, help prevent fatty liver, decrease chances of cardiovascular disease, fat-lowering, and reduced insulin sensitivity. This has to do with its ability to inhibit certain syntheses of fat in the body (7). Sounds like a good thing right, but is it going to make you feel better?
Citrus flavonoids act as a great digestive tonic, with appetite suppressing abilities (8). It has also been shown to calm an upset stomach or mild indigestion. This has to do with the hydrochloric acid in your stomach that starts the process of breaking down your food. It is believed the citrus flavonoids in lemon water support the hydrochloric acid in the stomach in breaking down food (9).
Many people are beginning to discover that their digestion problems have to do with the health of their
stomach. Feeding your body the right things over time builds your bodies ability to process foods better, much like building a muscle.
The best way to utilize lemon water as a digestion aid is to also include the zest of the lemon which will improve the good bacteria in your gut.
3. Alkalize with Lemon Water
If you’re new to the concept of alkalinity, it’s the process of neutralizing acid in the body. The basic idea is your body has certain acids that can build up causing negative side effects such as acid reflux, upset stomach, acidosis and beyond (10).
There are various ways to check the pH levels of your body to find out if you are too acidic. I would suggest getting some pH strips online, and getting an idea of where you’re at.
An ideal range to fall between is 4.6-8.0 and can be tested with pH strips using saliva or urine (11).
If you plan to use lemon water or alkaline drinking water to manage your body’s acid levels we recommend speaking with your doctor first and identifying your pH levels.
If you identify a need to alkalize, then as we recommend earlier, get some home pH strips that will allow you to stay within the recommend ranges.
This is one of those areas of health that can go unchecked. Most people are far to acidic and this causes a whole range of negative side effects. Popping an antacid, is putting a band-aid on the issue, which is why you should take some time to understand your pH levels and how to get them in balance.
Lemon water is a safe and effective way to manage your pH levels and achieving healthy alkalinity may benefit in bone health, reduced muscle wasting, decrease chances of hypertension and strokes, improved cardiovascular health, and improved memory (12).
4. Weight loss/Appetite Suppressant
We’re approaching this claim with caution since any new health fad that becomes popular can get turned into a “fat burning miracle.”
There is a lack of scientific research that supports the claim of weight loss fully, however, this doesn’t mean the claims are false, simply that additional research is needed (13).
One of the studies that does exist was not a human trial but did show significantly reduced weight gain when a diet high in fat was being consumed (14). Most people whether they want to admit it or not fall in the high fat diet category.
Pectin and polyphenols are the main substances found in lemons that have more research available showing weight loss and appetite suppressing qualities.
Pectin gives a feeling a fullness much like other soluble dietary fibers, that may help reduced caloric intake. For some people simply staving off hunger and cravings can allow for long term weight loss. If you find yourself struggling with always being hungry this is worth looking at.
Every “body” will respond differently to lemon water, which is why we recommend adding this to your diet without any other major changes to isolate the effects.
This will allow you to better attribute any changes you experience and not be confused if it was the new multivitamin you started taking.
While additional research is needed regarding the weight loss benefits of lemon water, positive benefits are achieved by replacing sugary drinks for lemon water.
We recommend replacing your morning coffee with lemon water for at least two weeks. Keep a journal of your mood, energy and cravings for the two weeks to see what positive benefits you experience.
** Above Info provided by http://www.elephantjournal.com/