Refreshing and invigorating lemon water. Sure, I’ve heard and seen people touting the benefits of lemon water especially in the morning but to be honest with you I usually only consume this drink on forced detox days… or in other words, days I am feeling guilty about excessive drinking or poor eating habits. Bad Asha.
Truth be told I have a lot to learn about making better choices when it comes to what I put into my body. I’ve long had a love/hate relationship with caffeine but told myself that 2017 will be the year I kick this habit and rely (as much as possible) on natural remedies. After a bit of research, here is what I found and why I will be making the “lemon switch” and you should to!
1. Digestive Aid
Drinking any water, or especially warm water, first thing in the morning can help flush the digestive system and re-hydrate the body.
The liver is extremely active during sleep as this is the body’s time to restore and regenerate. Drinking enough water, especially in the morning, helps make sure that the body can perform these jobs most effectively. There is even some evidence that lemon juice can help stimulate proper stomach acid production and bile production. Think: Happy liver!
2. Glowing Skin
By helping flush the body and improve digestion, lemon water can lead to cleaner skin. It also contains Vitamin C which is needed for collagen production for smooth, healthy skin. Glow baby glow!
3. Maintains a Healthy Weight
There is evidence that drinking water, especially lemon water can help maintain a healthy weight. Of course, drinking water (or lemon water) by itself isn’t going to be a miracle weight loss solution, but combined with other healthy habits, it can help you maintain a healthy weight.
In summary, we know that water alone is important for our bodies and that our bodies rely on this for simple hydration. Lemon water won’t be a miracle cure but it might be a better alternative to caffeinated drinks.
Lemon Water Recipe
Place 2 thinly sliced lemons in a pitcher. For still infused water, add 2 quarts of water. For sparkling water, add 1 quart of seltzer during prep and a second quart just before serving. Refrigerate 2 to 4 hours to allow the lemons to infuse. Stir well and strain, discarding the lemons. For serving, add fresh lemon slices for garnish and plenty of ice. The infused water will keep refrigerated for up to 2 days.
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchens
Drink up, loves!