If the taste of water is hard for you to swallow, adding lemon will not only make it easier but it’s beauty benefits may just be the incentive you need. Experts like nutritionist Lauren Talbot say there are a lot of great reasons to drink lemon water, and the best time to do it is when you first wake up in the morning. Having it on an empty stomach is better absorbed by the body, and you initiate or rev up certain processes when you drink it in the morning.
1. Weight loss
Drinking lemon water in the morning will increase your body’s metabolic rate and is a widely popular weight loss hack. Having lemon juice with warm water on an empty stomach is said to work best.
Pro tip: Diets, as we know, are not sustainable, but incorporating the best features from your favorite eating plan or diet into your lifestyle is an excellent way to manage your weight. Take the master cleanse for example. On the master cleanse, you drink a mixture of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water for days or weeks to lose weight. Once you’re off the cleanse, you quickly put the weight back on. Your morning lemon water drink is one way to cleanse-as-you-go, and because it’s more sustainable than the master cleanse, it is a great weight management practice.
A balanced healthy digestive system is alkaline, and as it happens, lemon is alkalizing. To make your digestive system happy, eat more alkaline-forming foods which include most fruits, vegetables, herbs, seeds and herbal teas. When you have lemon water in the morning you help to avoid digestive issues later in the day by banking these nutrients for the body to utilize later.
Another way lemon helps your digestion is its mild laxative effect, which can help to keep things moving and prevent constipation.
You may love to know that lemons help in your fight against physically aging. Citrus fruits like lemons are high in vitamin C, an antioxidant. These babies protect cells from damaging free radicals that have a corrosive effect on the body. Lemon is one of nature’s best internal cleansers. It’s mild, effective and there’s no evidence that you can overdo it.
4. Clears skin
Because it helps the body flush out all that bad stuff (toxins), lemon water helps you reduce acne, conditions like psoriasis and hyperpigmentation. By working with the liver to remove a clearer complexion. Externally, lemon is used as a mild bleaching agent and by consuming it internally you’re getting an inside out benefit.
The holy grail of skincare is hydration, drinking lemon water helps you get it because it’s more hydrating than pure water.
HOW TO PREPARE LEMON WATER
You Will Need:
- 1 Lemon
- 1 large heatproof cup
- Warm, filtered water
- Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice of one lemon half into your mug/cup.
- Add the warm (NOT boiled), filtered water.
- Drink on an empty stomach.
When she's not studying fashion at FIT, Shelly can be found photographing architecture, street style and browsing the used art book rack at The Strand in Union Square Manhattan. She is as funny as she is creative and has a keen eye for mixing textures.