For as long as I can remember, even before I became a certified nutritionist I've been recommending this morning habit. It's my daily ritual and something that I always recommend.
This video post is solely dedicated to the benefits of lemon and water and all the questions I get about this wonderful health habit.
Drinking freshly squeezed lemon and water first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach has many benefits. Learn about them in my video and I've written them out below.
Be sure to watch until the end of the video where I review some of the most frequently asked questions about lemon and water from "will it hurt the enamel of my teeth", to "what temp should the water be".
Improved digestion. Lemon juice helps to stimulate your digestive fire. This means it increases the production of hydrochloric acid (HCl). The major role of HCl is to activate pepsinogen (not digest food), which now becomes known as pepsin (an enzyme) and digests protein. HCl helps to kill bacteria, parasites, viruses that enter with the food. So you can see the importance of HCl in the digestive process. Taking a drug to inhibit HCl production is totally counterproductive to healthy digestion! Here are 7 Natural Solutions to Hearburn.
Decreases constipation. For the exact reasons mentioned above. When you have a slow moving gut due to low acid and enzymes, this slows your whole digestive process and can result in constipation (having less than one bowel movement a day). How do you end up with low HCl and enzymes? There are many probable causes but poor diet and stress are the two most common reasons. Drinking lemon and water helps promote good quality bowel movement. You'll see for yourself! :)
Increases bile! Sounds gross, I know, but lemon juice stimulates the liver’s secretion of bile. Bile, along with fiber, is a fantastic carrier of toxins. So when you have a bowel movement stimulated by drinking lemon and water, you are more likely to eliminate waste products.
Reduces bloating. More often then not, I reco drinking lemon and water on an empty stomach but it can also be used as a remedy for a bloating. Add some fresh ginger and you’ve got at the perfect anti-bloat tea!
Detoxifying. Lemon water cleanses and detoxifies the liver by increasing the liver’s detoxifying enzymes. Your liver is absolutely essential to your health and well-being. It has more than five hundred functions, many of them involved with detoxification.
Increases alkalinity. An acidic body is essentially a magnet for disease, and cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment. Lemon juice aids in making the body more alkaline, just like leafy green veggies—the opposite of acidic. (Although lemon contains citric acid, it does not create acidity in the body.) Lemon enhances your digestive secretions so that acidic wastes are eliminated more effectively. Food as medicine!
Natural cure for heartburn. I realize this sounds counter-intuitive, but the majority of people with heartburn are actually under-producing stomach acid. When you strengthen your digestive secretions with lemon and water, you may notice an incredible improvement in your heartburn.
Makes your skin glow! After a few weeks of lemon and water, you may notice your skin is brighter, and if you suffer from skin blemishes, you may notice a remarkable improvement. The health of your digestive system and your liver is directly related to the health of your skin.