The trend of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach is quite the rage now. However, those with sensitive stomachs should avoid drinking it first thing in the morning due to its low pH level and acidic nature and consuming lemon water can lead to a lot of health problems.
Many people are not aware of the right method to prepare lemon drink. Merely squeezing a slice of lemon in a cup of water and adding a tablespoon of honey to it is not enough to reap the benefits of this drink. Most of the nutrients found in lemon are present in the pulp and peel. And, when you extract the juice, you lose these nutrients and do not get all the benefits. So, next time you want to prepare lemon drink make sure you include the pulp and the peel.
Some of the health benefits of drinking boiled lemon water first thing in the morning include;
It Improves Digestion: The ingredients present in lemon boost the production of bile in the liver which promotes healthy digestion and in addition also help eliminate toxins from the body. Drinking cup of lemon water with honey early in the morning helps you get rid of all digestion-related problems, including bloating, diarrhea, and constipation.
It Strengthens Your Immunity: Lemon and honey water helps in improving and strengthening the immune system of the body. It also contains antimicrobial properties that help in preventing infections and fighting cold and flu.
It Boosts Energy: Since lemon juice is rich in vitamins B and C, phosphorus, carbohydrates, and proteins; it acts as a natural energy booster. Within minutes of drinking it, the lemon water will start oxygenating your body. Since it possesses more negative-charged ions, it gives an instant energy boost to your body giving you instant energy and vitality.
It balances the pH Levels: The acidic property in lemon helps in balancing and maintaining the pH levels of the body. Drinking this concoction on an empty stomach will eliminate the uric acid deposited in the joints, which is one of the main reasons for joint inflammation and pain.
It Treats Bad Breath: The combination of lemon juice and honey helps in combating bad breath and at the same time cleans the mouth and boosts the production of saliva, which is very useful in killing odour-causing bacteria.
It Aids Weight Loss: This is the best solution for those who are striving to lose weight. It contains a high amount of pectin fiber, which suppresses appetite and keeps you full for longer periods. It also helps you lose the extra flab present on your belly.
It Cleanses The Urinary Tract: Honey and lemon water acts as a diuretic and helps in stimulating urine production, which cleanses the urinary tract. It also changes the pH levels of the urinary tract, thereby discouraging the production and multiplication of bad bacteria.
It Controls Blood Pressure: Lemon water cleanses the lymphatic system and keeps the body hydrated; lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, improves brain function and sleep cycle too.
It Cures Throat Infections: Lemon water is one of the best solutions for a sore throat; drinking it on an empty stomach regularly can lower the risk of a sore throat and other throat infections. It also helps in controlling asthma and other respiratory issues.
It Improves the Skin: You can see a significant improvement in your skin’s texture within a week of consuming this drink. It boosts the development of new blood cells and purifies the blood vessels. It also prevents the appearance of blemishes, acne, and other signs of aging.
To make your own lemon drink you will need;
- 3 cups of water
- 5-6 lemons
- 2 tablespoons of honey
How to Prepare
- Cut all the lemons into halves and boil them in water for around five minutes.
- Let this water cool for some time.
- Squeeze the lemons a bit and remove them from the water.
- Strain the water and transfer it to a cup. You can store the remaining water for later use.
- Add honey to this lukewarm lemon water and drink it.
Make sure you drink this water while it is hot or at least warm. You can reheat the remaining water before drinking. But, ensure you do not store it for more than three days. Try drinking lemon water on an empty stomach, and you will surely notice the difference. Remember not to drink lemon water if you have sensitive stomach; and if you must drink it, don’t make it too concentrated.
By Mercy Kukah