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The Benefits of Lemon or Lime Water

As I’ve mentioned in several videos and posts before, I try and begin my days with warm lemon or lime water in the mornings.  It’s something I’ve begun incorporating into my morning routine for the past 5 years and I’ve seen a great difference.  Here are just a few benefits from drinking lemon/lime water first thing in the morning.

1.Lemons/Limes are alkalizing.

While acidic on their own, the citric acid is alkaline when digested.  An alkaline environment can help to prevent diseases that thrive in an acidic one.

2.Lemon/Lime water helps to flush out toxins.

Lemons/limes help to detoxify our liver by stimulating its enzymes while increasing bile production which helps to more effectively eliminate waste from our systems.  Lemons/limes also act as a diuretic which helps to release toxins at a faster rate keeping your urinary tract healthier.

3.Lemons/Limes help heartburn.

The alkaline nature of lemon water when drunk can help to neutralize the acidity in your stomach.

4.Lemon/Lime water can improve digestion.

Warm lemon/lime water helps to stimulate gastric juices, including hydrochloric {stomach} acid and peristalsis which are the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal wall that moves things along.

5.Lemon/Lime water is great for skin

The natural vitamin C found in lemons/limes are great for skin and since they allow for better digestion and elimination, it helps to increase the absorption of nutrients and nourishes our cells on a deeper level.

6.Lemons/Limes help with weight loss and boost your immune system

Lemons/limes contain vitamin C and potassium.  They are also high in pectin fiber which help curb cravings.  A more alkaline state also creates a healthier system.  If my allergies flare up {which is now very rare}, I’ll stir in a tablespoon of raw local honey while I’m at it and knock it out, two for one.

Making myself a cup of warm citrus water is also something that I can do as part making a positive choice first thing in the morning to set the tone for the day.  It’s similar to the idea of making your bed.  It encourages more positive actions to flow through as well.  It’s also very nice to take a bit of slow down time in the mornings and enjoy a warm, comforting drink knowing all the good it’s doing for me.  It’s a mini meditation in itself, costs pennies and only takes a few minutes of your time each day so why not?

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