Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wellness Wednesday: Warm lemon water

Welcome to Wellness Wednesday! I am going to try to feature something healthy I am incorporating into my own life or some interesting wellness-related news stories I have stumbled upon each week.

This week, I wanted to share something I have been thinking about doing for a while and finally did: I drank warm lemon water upon waking before I drank coffee and ate breakfast. My main goal with drinking it is to help with digestion, which one of many benefits listed below.

The benefits of drinking warm lemon water include:
  • it aids digestion
  • sleep can leave you dehydrated since it can "pull water" from your body. The citric acid in lemon juice can help the human body's enzymes function and stimulate your liver and thus, help it detox. (source: Glamour magazine article from 7/2013).
  • it increases energy
  • it's filled with Vitamin C, which can boost your immune system
  • clears skin 

I definitely felt more energetic after drinking it! I also felt very full the mornings I tried it, which is unusual for me. This article from MindBodyGreen states that since lemons are full of pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. 

I had read that drinking coffee about a half hour after you've finished consuming your lemon water is fine, so that's what I did. 

Have you ever had lemon water first thing in the morning? If you haven't, what is your drink of choice when you wake up?


  1. I admire people who can drink water first thing in the morning. I do a 50/50 combo of water & OJ...immediately followed with a diet coke :)

  2. I gave up my diet coke habit but it used to be critical to my morning (now it's three cups of coffee). I have a lemon & honey recipe I'm going to try when the organic lemons come back. I'll share if it works out.

  3. I usually drink coffee in the morning. I'll try this one tomorrow.
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