Get your day off to a healthy start with the A-list’s favourite morning brew: hot water and lemon. Often touted as the first step to clearer skin by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Miranda Kerr, this simple detoxifying blend boasts myriad health benefits.
From helping with digestion to upping your weight loss potential, here are 7 reasons to swap that cup of coffee for good, courtesy of MindBodyGreen.com...
1. Boosts your immune system
Lemons are high in both vitamin C and potassium: vitamin C is great for fighting colds while potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
2. Balances pH
Surprisingly, lemons are an incredibly alkaline food. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they're alkaline (citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolised). An alkaline body is really the key to good health, as too much acidity is said to contribute to diseases including cancer and osteoporosis.
3. Helps with weight loss
Lemons are high in pectin fibre, which helps fight hunger cravings. It has also been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster.
4. Aids digestion
The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis – the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen toxins in the digestive tract.
5. Acts as a natural diuretic
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because it increases your body’s urination rate. Toxins are therefore released at a faster rate, which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clears skin
The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water also purges toxins from the blood, helping to keep skin clear.
7. Hydrates the lymph system
This cup of goodness helps start the day on a positive note, helping to prevent dehydration and adrenal fatigue. When your body is dehydrated, or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue), it can't perform all of its proper functions, which leads to toxic build-up, stress, constipation, and more.
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