Wellness tips can be both wacky and complicated; those crazy herbs that half the time you haven’t a clue how to go about getting your hands on, let alone incorporating into your busy daily routine. It’s often easier to buy your remedies over the counter, right? But there’s one age old and simple wellness tip which many people swear by and now so do I: lemon and warm water.
We all know that lemon is is a great thirst quencher, full of vitamin C and other minerals and those trace elements our bodies often cry out for. We love its fresh citrusy zest, its brightness in colour and flavour and the fact that it reminds us of those glorious summer evenings, the clinking of glasses and happier, warmer days. Lemons are just hand-sized manifestations of the sun, aren’t they! But did you know that the simple, easy to acquire lemon really can help you feel that way too – healthier, brighter and more energised?
Waking up in the morning, especially during the winter, is such a chore. Our bodies crave light, constant heating dries us out; we feel dehydrated and slow. The lemon is nature’s way of fixing this! Below are some reasons why we should all start the day off with a zing:
- water with lemon provides the body with electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.
- it’s good for the liver, helping digestion as lemon contains citric acid which helps to stimulate the secretion of gastric juices
- it helps to fight infections and inflammation, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties
- lemon is a powerful antioxidant; it protects the body and strengthens the immune system
- Water with lemon helps to dilute uric acid, the built up of which leads to pain in the joints and gout
- Lemons contain pectin fibre, which helps to suppress hunger cravings. Studies have shown that people with a better alkaline diet actually lose weight faster
It’s best to drink warm water and lemon on an empty stomach, before you load your system with foods, good or bad. Warm water with the juice of a whole lemon is best. And don’t take my word for it, listen to Barbara Mendez, a nutritionist and a pharmacist. She talks about ginger, lemon and lemongrass and gives a recipe for Immunity tea. Check it out and get squeezing!
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