Yes, almost too simple yet the benefits of lemon water offer us a long list of health advantages including weight loss. What an easy drink to kick start your day.
This beverage is the best part of my healthy breakfast ritual because it’s like doing a mini detox every morning which helps improve liver function and as we all know that a healthy working liver is the number one key for weight loss success.
The simple recipe:
Hope you have a minute to spare because that’s about how long it takes to make this drink.
Place 1 tablespoon of honey into a mug and pour a little boiling water into it, just enough to melt the honey (yes, I enjoy my beverage a little on the sweet side but you can totally omit this step if you prefer your drink unsweetened).
If you’re not a fan of honey you can try other natural or good sugars of your choice, whatever works best for you.
Then add the juice of ½ a freshly squeezed lemon and top off the mug with room temperature water. The body can best absorb the benefits of this beverage at room temperature or mildly warm.
To make this beverage even healthier add a dash or two of cayenne pepper (optional but very beneficial). This helps with digestive juices, helps regulate blood sugar and increases metabolism which is very helpful for weight loss.
You can also add a slice of fresh ginger or a small amount of grated ginger to this recipe for even more health benefits. It is great mixed with the honey as the boiling water helps release the ginger’s goodness. Ginger also stimulates the digestive juices, helps detoxify and increases metabolism.
Import Little Trick to Enhance the Benefits of Lemon Water:
Now after you have enjoyed this beverage the benefits of lemon water will greatly increase if you can wait about 15 minutes before eating anything as this gives the body a little time to cleanse making this like a mini detox.
People ask me, what kind of water should I use?
Distilled, filtered or spring water are all nice choices. I am not knocking tap water but it does contain chloride which isn’t so good or tasty for that matter. It is good practice to mix up your selections a bit. Perhaps enjoy distilled for a few days then switch to your favorite spring water and at other times try a descent filtered water. Use what works best for you.
Benefits of Lemon Water:
Of course water in itself is essential for our well being as it hydrates us, helps carry nutrients, detoxifies the body, and increases your metabolic rate. It also plays a huge role in weight loss and is necessary for the body to run efficiently.
Lemon and cayenne pepper are mild stomach stimulants that help the stomach produce lots of digestive juices that are needed throughout the day for proper digestion. Fast digestion is a good thing and is better explained in the principles of food combining.
Lemons are not only loaded with vitamin C, they help cleanse and activate the liver. This in return helps the body flush out unwanted toxins and boosts our immune system. Reducing toxins in the body which help keep your skin radiant and healthy looking and will fight the aging process as well.
Improved liver function is known to help with weight loss success and a big glass of lemon water can help fill up our tummy’s so we eat less or wait longer before eating, both helping with weight loss.
The benefits of lemons provide a long list of pluses. To highlight a few this fruit is a good source of potassium, a mineral that is essential for maintaining not only the pH levels in our body fluids but necessary to help maintain other body functions such as heart and blood pressure.
This fruit also has other nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamin B (complex).
Lemon water is a great way to freshen up your breath and tongue, not only in the morning but anytime you choose to have this beverage.
As noted the benefits of lemon water are truly amazing so I hope you take the time to enjoy this beverage and make it a part of your daily routine.
Wishing you healthy and happiness