Tuesday, September 24, 2013

When Life Hands You Lemons...Drink Warm Lemon Water

Some of my coworkers recently turned me on to the advantages of starting out each morning with a glass of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice. I'm not going to lie...it didn't sound all that great to me but I decided that although it didn't quite have the same appeal as lemonade (or a cup of coffee in the morning), the health benefits made it worth a try. Why not, right?

After a minor fiasco transporting my lemon water to work - some of it splashed out of my travel cup, soaking a number of items in my purse, forcing me to finally clean it out (silver lining!) - I was ready to drink up. As expected, the taste was mediocre. I drank the water out of a straw so it went down quickly and easily and in hopes of preventing some of the harm that citric acid can do to your tooth enamel.

The primary reason I wanted to give lemon water a try is because I have heard that it helps your body naturally detoxify by boosting digestion and flushing toxins out of your system. Additionally, it helps regulate your body's metabolism. Lemons are high in pectin fiber - which I won't pretend to know anything about - and this helps to curb your appetite and aid weight loss. It doesn't hurt that it's supposed to boost your immune system and help clear up your skin, too! Basically lemons are a super fruit in my eyes now.

One thing I've noticed, is that it's also gotten me to drink more water (sans lemon) throughout the day. Even if that's the only thing I get out of drinking warm water with lemon in the morning I'll consider it a success!

Have you been thinking about trying this, too?


  1. I may have to give this a try! Currently drinking a class of room temp water.... Sans lemon. Going to Whole Foods tonight, I'll pick one up!

    1. It's definitely not as good as coffee in the morning but it hasn't been too bad! Seemed like it'd at least be "a good idea" for me to try for a bit!

  2. I've heard about this and have wanted to try it! One thing I can't really figure out, though, is why hot/warm water with lemon is any different than cold/ice water with lemon. Have you read anything about this?