One of our favorite (simple!) wellness practices to add to your healthy morning routine is a glass of lemon water. Taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, it’s a simple and effective way to boost your health in many ways all at once.
the health benefits of lemon water
In addition to re-hydrating your body (important first thing in the morning!), the vitamin C and other antioxidants in lemon water also help to:
- aid digestion
- promote regular elimination (poo)
- improve immunity
- enhance your body’s natural detoxification processes
- provide an alkalizing effect that helps maintain a proper pH balance for overall health
Because it boosts the body’s natural digestion and detoxification processes, many people find that a glass of lemon water each morning also aids in supporting weight loss and skin health.
how to make lemon water
Lemon water is oh-so-simple to make:
Squeeze half a lemon into a full glass of water & enjoy first thing each morning.
(No lemon on hand? A lime works just as well!)
You can squeeze the lemon by hand or use our favorite lemon/lime juicer (which helps get more juice from your lemon, and keeps those seeds out!).
how to properly wash your lemons
It’s a good idea to wash your lemons (or other citrus) before cutting them open for juicing. They’ve been a lot of places (and touched a lot of hands!) on their way to you, and their grooved peel is particularly good at carrying wax, agricultural chemicals, germs and other “handling residue.” (Ick!)
Use a produce wash like Veggie Wash, or soak your lemons for 15 minutes in a large bowl of water with 1 teaspoon baking soda. Scrub the peel with a produce brush, rinse and dry, and you’re ready for juicing!