Starting the Day with Lemon Water

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There are a few natural remedies that can really benefit the whole body. A simple glass of warm water with some freshly squeezed lemon happens to be one of them.  It’s a great way to start your day. Simply cut a wedge of a lemon (it can be any lemon, a meyer lemon is just a bonus!), squeeze it into a glass of room temperature or warm water and drink away.

Here are a few ways it helps:

Keeps you hydrated. Most people start their day off with a cup of coffee. Coffee not only dehydrates your body but creates an acidic internal environment. I am not suggesting you forgo your morning coffee, just to start your day with a glass of lemon water first.

Supports Digestion. I see many patients that suffer from hypochlorhydria, a condition known as low stomach acid. The stomach needs to have a very low pH to support the digestion of food. It also wards off any microbes, bacteria, or fungi that could be living in our food that we don’t want in our intestines.  An acidic stomach with good HCl is the first step to a healthy digestive system. Lemon water first thing in the morning is a simple tip that will promote good HCl.

Promotes Detoxification.  Probably best known for its cleansing and detoxifying properties, lemon water increases liver enzymes and supports phase 1 and phase 2 of the detox process. We want to ensure we are moving that “gunk” out of our bodies.

Pumps the Gallbladder. The bitter flavour of the lemon stimulates not only the liver but the gallbladder to secrete bile. This is a great way to gently detoxify your body first thing in the morning, eliminate unwanted toxins and get digestion moving.

Increases alkalinity. Although lemons contain citric acid, they actually promote an internal alkaline environment.  This is important for a healthy body as bacteria, fungi, viruses and cancer cells cannot live in an alkaline environment. Green vegetables are another great food item to include in your diet daily to promote an alkaline body.

I challenge you to try this simple morning routine for the next 3 weeks and see how you feel. You just might enjoy this simple health tip and will look forward to starting your morning off this way, everyday.

 

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