If you asked doctors what one thing everyone could do right now to improve their health, many of them would say hydrate properly and many would say cut out crappy foods and help the body eliminate toxins. My favorite, cheap and easy way to feel better fast is something that tackles elements of both!
Warm lemon water can be a game changer for health. In addition to helping meet the recommendation for daily water consumption (eight glasses of water a day), warm lemon water has some added benefits. While plain water is critical for hydrating at a cellular level, lemon adds traces of vitamin C and live enzymes that aid in stopping inflammation and help push toxins out of the liver.
First thing in the morning, a mug of warm lemon water is a wonderful way to stimulate bowel function and trigger your morning bowel movement. Believe it or not, 2-3 well-formed bowel movements every day is considered normal. Less than that and you may suffer from constipation. Constipation is one reason hormone imbalance happens – when the body cannot excrete excess and spent hormones and toxins via stool, they recirculate, stagnate and make you feel gross.
Benefits of Warm Lemon Water:
Drinking more lemon water will help your body release stored fluid and alleviate bloating.
Lemon is rich in essential vitamins, especially Vitamin C, that repair damaged cells and support healthy skin.
Lemon water promotes a stronger, healthier immune system.
Lemon water pushes toxins out so your bodily systems can function better.
Lemon water helps improve the functioning of your digestive system.
Lemon water helps the body to absorb essential nutrients.
Remember to rinse your mouth out after drinking the lemon water, as some dentists suggest that it can damage the enamel on your teeth.
See what happens when you start your day with warm lemon water. It’s cheap, natural, and likely one of the easiest and most tasty ways to help yourself feel better fast!
Vanessa Vanderhoek is a functional medicine nutritionist specializing in the gut microbiome, biochemistry and nutrigenomics. She helps people to regain their health by taking a “food as medicine” approach that's unique to their body.
Whilst based in Canberra (Australia), Vanessa sees clients around the world in her virtual clinic. To get started book an initial consultation by clicking here.