To this question, I answer a resounding “Yes!” If you haven’t already, this is one beauty habit to add to your morning routine. Soon after you wake, squeeze half of a fresh lemon into one cup of warm water. Drink and allow 15-20 minutes for the lemon water to pass through your body before eating or drinking anything else.
Since your body has been fasting during the night and your stomach is empty, this provides an ideal environment for lemon water to stimulate gastric juices (aiding in the upcoming digestion of breakfast) and help the liver cleanse and eliminate any lingering toxins. And when lemon water gets absorbed into the body, it becomes alkaline (not acidic, like many people assume). This helps your body balance its PH levels and combat inflammation, which thrives in an acidic and unhealthy body.
Drinking lemon water also has significant skin benefits. Lemons are high in antioxidants, especially Vitamin C / ascorbic acid, which protect your body’s immune system. When your immune system is working well, your body heals quickly and inflammation doesn’t have a chance to manifest itself in the form of redness, painful breakouts or wrinkles. Plus Vitamin C is very important in aiding the synthesis of amino acids into healthy collagen, which will keep skin youthful and resilient.
Not a fan of lemons? Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with water instead. Apple cider vinegar is known as a potent blood purifier and liver cleanser, and is bursting with vitamins, minerals and enzymes that will give you the same beauty and health benefits as a cup of lemon water. I like to switch up the two throughout the week so I get the unique benefits of both lemons and apple cider vinegar.
Start your day off right with this healing and energizing tonic!