The Sweet Side of the Lemon

IMG_0943 The Sweet Side of the Lemon~

How do you raise your metabolism, promote clear youthful skin, boost your immunity and flush your GI tract in one powerful step? Drinking warm water with a half of lemon squeezed into it first thing in the morning and sipping it throughout the day!

Top reasons to add lemon water to your morning are~

  • Lemons contain Vitamin C which has anti – inflammatory effects and supports immunity. The saponins in lemon also have antimicrobial effects that can help you fight off a cold or the flu.
  • Lemons aid in digestion by supporting hydrochloric acid and bile production.  1 – 2 glasses of warm water with this little digestive tonic in the morning will also hydrate the digestive tract and help flush out the liver and the gut, setting up your system for better digestion.
  • Studies in Germany have shown that drinking water, especially lemon water can help you raise your metabolism and maintain a healthy weight.Drinking 17 ounces of water in the morning was found to increase metabolism by 33 %.  Staying hydrated along with a healthy diet is key for achieving your healthy weight.
  • The Vitamin C in lemons also promotes youthful and clear skin,  and helps with Wound Healing. Vitamin C is a powerful anti oxidant and anti inflammatory that can help reduce free radical damage our skin can experience from environmental toxins and the sun. The detox effect of lemon water also helps to clear the skin. Vitamin C also promotes collagen production helping to keep our skin youthful. It is also important in keeping our bones, connective tissue and cartilage healthy.

How can you incorporate lemon in your day?  Start with a couple of glasses of lemon water in the morning.  Add lemons to smoothies, cold pressed vegetable juices, or squeezed over your favorite salad as a dressing. Lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil and some avocado is a yummy salad topping. Lemon juice combines really well with ginger..another anti inflammatory powerhouse! Don’t be afraid to add a little slice of peeled ginger to your water routine for a little extra health punch.

 

 

 

 

 

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