Morning rituals are very important, and a great habit to get into. The practice of Ayurveda often promotes several rituals to add into your day, and according to Ayurvedic philosophy the choices that you make in regards to your daily routine can either build up resistance to disease or, tear it down.
Some recommended Ayurvedic morning rituals include oil pulling and dry brushing. Both of these can provide some amazing benefits for you, and at the very least taking some time to do something for yourself and honor your body is a great way to start the day.
If you feel like you absolutely don’t have time, there is a ritual that is fairly effortless and one you should be sure to include in your busy schedule; a mug of warm water with the juice of half a lemon, that’s it and it couldn’t be easier.
Benefits From Warm Water With Lemon
Boost Your Immune System
As you may already know, lemons are high in vitamin C and contain an average of 30 to 50 milligrams per lemon. Vitamin C has been known to fight colds, but did you know that research has shown that vitamin C can also protect from cardiovascular issues, cancer, stroke and aiding in eye health? Not to mention it boosts the immunity to live longer. (1)
The vitamin C content in lemons can also help to decrease wrinkles and blemishes.
The warm water stimulates the gastrointestinal tract, it is especially important to drink this lemon water before ingesting anything else in the morning. The lemons assist in loosening up toxins and other material in the digestive tract.
Assisting With Weight Loss
Because of the high content of pectin fiber in lemons, drinking lemon water can actually help fight off hunger cravings. Pectin has also been shown to reduce the amount of cholesterol being absorbed from food or bile. (2)
Balancing pH Levels
You may think of lemons as a highly acidic food, but inside our bodies they actually become alkaline, once it is metabolized by the body the citric acid does not create acidity within the body. Some people even swear by using lemon water for treatment of acid reflux and heartburn. (3)
Cleanse Your Lymphatic System
Your lymphatic system is responsible for removing toxins from your body, you want to keep this system hydrated and working properly. When you drink warm lemon water it hydrates the system and stimulates the elimination process. If too many toxins are accumulated, you may find that you are feeling pretty stressed.
With all these amazing benefits (and that’s not even close to all of them) that can be achieved from something so simple, maybe its time you give it a go and see the benefits for yourself? It is important to use organic lemons, and purified, fluoride free water to gain the most benefits. Remember, just one cup of warm water with lemon every day in the morning, how easier could it be?
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