When we think of breakfast-time and how we start our day, drinks such a tea, coffee and juice are probably the first that spring to mind.
However, there is an alternative option that is not only rehydrating and refreshing, it is also great for keeping your skin healthy and ridding the body of toxins.
Here’s five reasons why you should make hot water and lemon a part of your morning routine:
1 It helps your immune system
Lemon is a natural anti-bacterial which is why it is a popular ingredient in cleaning products.
When you include it in your diet the same cleansing qualities apply and due to its high vitamin C content it helps build up your immune system and fight off colds and illness.
When you’re feeling poorly try adding honey to your hot water and lemon – this adds to the anti-bacterial quality and will soothe a sore throat and help you feel better in no time.
2 It makes your body more alkaline
Having a body with a more alkaline PH level is what we want as illness occurs when the PH level is more acidic.
On their own lemons are acidic, but once digested they become alkaline so when we include them in our diet regularly they help to create an alkaline PH, prevent disease and reduce bacteria and inflammation.
3 It promotes clear skin
Just like all other fruit, lemons are good for us due to the vitamins and antioxidants they include.
Lemons are very rich in vitamin C, which is vital for renewing skin cells, repairing damage from everyday life such as the sun and free radicals and also clearing blemishes and age spots.
At the end of the day you can buy all of the skin treatments and creams in the world but none will be as anti-aging or effective as natural beauty treatments such as a healthy, vitamin enriched diet.
4 It aids digestion
If you are on a detox or trying to lose weight the first place to start is with digestion and ridding the body of excess waste.
By starting each day with hot water and lemon you will kick-start your metabolism and your digestive system so that it is on track for the day ahead.
Studies have found that lemons prevent bloating and indigestion and promote weight loss – people with a more alkaline PH level tend to lose weight more easily than those with an acidic one.
5 It energises and lifts your mood
I find that I feel rehydrated and more energetic after drinking hot water and lemon in the morning.
The taste is refreshing and unlike caffeine-rich drinks such as tea and coffee (which give you an energy boost and then cause your levels to crash mid-morning) hot water and lemon keeps you feeling energised and awake.
Studies have also shown that the scent of lemon can actually enhance your mood and reduce depression and anxiety.