Upon waking up, your brain might be shouting, "I want my coffee!" but it's actually healthier to quench your morning thirst with warm lemon water. (Don't panic, you can still have your coffee after.) Apparently, there are many benefits of drinking water and lemon in the morning, as noted by health expert David Wolfe. Warming the water is especially helpful as it soothes your senses and relaxes your body. Plus, it's a fresh way to add more flavor to water. Yes, that means you'll have an easier time drinking plain old H20 without suffering from boredom. Here are a few benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning, as advised by health experts.
Elizabeth Ann Shaw, blogger of Shaw's Simple Swaps explains, "drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning is a great habit to get into to help with increasing your overall water intake, but also to hydrate your body." Shaw says that caffeinated beverages (like your cup of coffee) are naturally dehydrating, so it's best to begin your day with a cup of water. If you start the day dehydrated, you might have low energy and feel less mentally focused on work tasks.
Furthermore, Patrick Turpin, CEO of Kona Deep, believes drinking warm water with lemon could also ease digestion for the day ahead. “Adding lemon to your water is a great source of natural vitamin C and can help with digestion," Turpin says. "Adding lemon to lukewarm water before breakfast is best."
To pair with improved digestion, healthy lifestyle coach Liz Traines says lemon and water in the morning can create an alkaline environment in the body. "When our pH levels are too acidic, it can mess with our hormones, digestion, and energy levels; yet, if our body is more alkaline, it will thrive," Traines says. Some other alkalinizing foods include fresh fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, and anti-inflammatory spices, like turmeric, ginger, and garlic. After drinking your morning glass of infused water, bring more balance to your body by eating a breakfast packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and detoxifying vitamins. For instance, an omelet with mushrooms and spinach.
There's no need to give up your daily coffee, but if you start the morning with a glass of warm lemon water, then you're sure to have a healthy, productive day.