While most of us are no stranger to that treasured cup of tea or coffee in the morning (sometimes two), it’s a well-known fact that too much caffeine can have a really negative effect on our bodies. But, if you can’t bear the thought of facing something cold first thing, hot water and lemon is the perfect alternative. It’s tasty, affordable and surprisingly good for you. Here’s why…
Lemon is a great source of Vitamin C, which is essential in helping the body fight off common illnesses, such as colds, at this time of year. Being a natural anti-bacterial, lemon is also great for cleansing the body of impurities and flushing out toxins. Badness, be gone!
By keeping the body hydrated, your metabolism will be at its most active and it can also reduce bloating. Plus a lot of the time when we reach for something to snack on, we’re actually thirsty (or bored) so keep a cup of lemon and water at hand.
Lemon juice stimulates the liver to produce bile, an acid in our stomach that aids digestion. Drinking this before food in the morning will help keep your digestive system in order for the rest of the day. Hot water and lemon is useful to people who suffer from indigestion or heartburn. It can also help regulate bowel movements too.
Not only is lemon good for detoxing your body, it will have a knock-on effect in terms of how you feel and how you look. In essence it cleanses you from the inside out. Most noticeably, it will help your skin. While the high quantity of Vitamin C leaves you glowing, it also helps renew skin cells, repair sun damage, prevent wrinkles and clear unwanted spots and blemishes. Wowza!
Enhances Your Mood
Unlike caffeinated drinks that give you an instant boost but then see your energy levels crash by midday, tot water and lemon is a natural way of feeling energised and alert, and is one of the few foods that supplies your body more energy once it reaches the digestive system. In addition, lemons have a high potassium content; this is important as insufficient amounts of potassium in the blood could cause things like anxiety and depression.
- Don’t use too much! A few slices or the juice of half a lemon is plenty.
- Drink with lukewarm water; our body uses more energy to process water when it is ice cold – and you can’t drink boiling water for obvious reasons.
- Add in some ginger or honey, (or both) if you don’t like the taste of lemon on its own.
- Even a couple of slices of lemon in a bottle of cold water will make it more appealing and easier to drink throughout the day.
- Try and find organic lemons if you can, but either way, wash the skin well before using.