Are You Drinking Lemon Water Each Morning? 4 Reasons You Should!

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While many people opt to start their day with a cup of coffee or tea, drinking warm water with lemon juice first thing in the morning – before consuming anything else – may have benefits. A glass of lemon water may:

  1. Help With Hydration. Since our bodies go about seven to eight hours without any water overnight, it’s essential to drink water first thing in the morning to avoid dehydration. For those who find water boring, lemon juice provides a tasty addition to help stay hydrated.
  2. Provide An Immunity Boost. A citrus fruit, lemons are a great source of vitamin C, helping to keep the immune system strong.
  3. Rejuvenate Your Skin. The vitamin C lemon juice provides can also help to repair and regenerate tissues, and is essential for synthesis of collagen, a protein that is the chief component of skin.
  4. Enhance Your Mood. The scent of a lemon has been found to reduce stress levels, improve moods, and reduce agitation – all good reasons to start the morning off with fresh citrus.

While there is no solid evidence to support lemon water’s metabolism boosting and weight loss claims, there is certainly no downside to starting your day with it. Likely any benefit in the weight department will be more due to how you spend the rest of the day.

Lemons are available year-round, in both sour (Eureka and Lisbon) and sweeter (Meyer) varieties. Look for a lemon that is heavy for its size, which indicates less skin and more flesh. The peel should have a finely grained texture and be fully yellow.

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