Drink Lemon Water in the Morning
In our house, which we’ve lovingly named The Mermaid Home 🧜🏼♀️, we go through a lot of lemons. I mean like a whole lot! I squeeze it over almost everything to give it that fresh, zingy lemon flavor, I love making a garlicky-lemon salad dressing from freshly squeezed lemons, and most of all, we make lemon water to drink first thing in the morning.
Adding this simple flip to your morning routine is a fabulous idea, if I do say so myself.
So, Why Should You Drink Lemon Water in the Morning?
First off, it gets your hydrated from the start of your day. After your 6-8 hours of fasting and not drinking all night, your body needs fluids like NOW. When we are dehydrated we feel lethargic and moody. This is for sure not how you want to start your day! Not for yourself and not for the people you live with.
I have a rule that I won’t allow myself my much-needed coffee (aka life-giving elixir) until I’ve downed a huge mason jar of lemon water.
Research shows that drinking lemon water in the morning aids in weight loss. Some research states that drinking lemon water supports weight loss, because the polyphenol antioxidants found in lemons has the ability to tamper weight gain. Others, however, claim that a nice big serving of lemon water in the morning doesn’t inhibit weight gain so much as it just flushes you out and get your gut moving. But, hey, that works, too!
So, as stated above, drinking lemon water in the morning is a good way to get your insides moving, if you know what I mean. The lemon acts as a slight diuretic, whereas the water hydrates. This combination is effective in getting your morning, shall we say “moving,” properly.
Citrus fruits are a good source of vitamin C, and are powerful antioxidants that helps protect cells from damaging free radicals. And free radicals actually break down the elastin and collagen in your skin, which, yeah, means more wrinkles. Free radicals not only inhibit your skin from developing collagen and elastin, they actually break them down! This causes not only wrinkles, but also, saggy skin.
And, ladies, that sounds bad enough, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg; these little free radical buggers also increase your risk of developing a lot of really bad issues such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. There’s a whole lot of “no thank you” in that list, so bring on the lemon water!
And last but not least, drinking lemon water in the morning can help freshen your breath, and first thing in the morning, we could use that particular type of help. The acid has a cleansing effect. Lemon water also stimulates the production of saliva and helps prevent dry mouth throughout the day. So if you suffer from dry mouth, give lemon water a try.
So, my 40yearflip friends, let’s do this! Run over to the kitchen and:
Get a big old mason jar and fill it 3/4 with filtered water.
Get half a lemon and squeeze it in.
Put in fridge for tomorrow so you have it ready to go and with no excuses!
What morning beverages are a must for you in the morning? Let us know in the comments below.