Wednesday 4 September 2013

5 reasons why you should try hot water & lemon

I love my huge cupcake mug!
I start each morning with a cup of hot water and lemon. It’s something I started ages ago that has now become as much a part of my morning routine as brushing my teeth.
I don’t drink it solely for the health benefits - I actually enjoy the taste and the refreshment it gives. Lemon is a natural anti-bacterial and is great for your skin and ridding the body of toxins as well as aiding digestion. It is alkaline which helps cleanse your liver and insides and gives skin a healthier appearance. Here’s 5 reasons why you should give it a try…

    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 cleaning 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.  
      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. Alone lemons are acidic however once digested they become alkaline so when included in our diet regularly they help create an alkaline PH and prevent disease and reduce bacteria and inflammation.
          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-rich diet!
              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.  
                It energises and lifts your mood
                  I always find that I feel refreshed and more energetic after my 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 actually keeps you feeling energised and hydrated. Studies have also shown that the scent of lemon can actually enhance your mood and reduce depression and anxiety.
                  Do you drink hot water and lemon? What other health tips do you have? Let me know!
                  Holly xx


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