The simplest of things…a little lemon goes a long way

lemonDrinking lemon juice in warm water before breakfast has long been praised as a tonic for a whole host of problems. And so it should be!

Use fresh lemon only (packaged stuff is full of preservatives) and sip mindfully.

Need convincing? Here are 5 reasons why you should sip on a sour before brekkie.

1. Balance your pH

Lemon juice is alkaline when metabolised, so it reduces your body’s overall acidity. Due to lifestyle (stress) and diet (excess read meat, coffee, chocolate, sugar etc) most of us are acidic, which causes a whole host of problems in the body, including digestive upsets and a range of illnesses. A balanced pH is 7.3 – 7.4. Grab some pH strips from your local health food store and test yours.

2. Simulate and improve digestion

Lemon juice flushes out waste material, increases digestive fire, and helps the liver produce bile that aids digestion. Our food is our source of everything we need to function, and we need to digest it properly to absorb the nutrients it provides, so good digestion is vital. Many illnesses start with an unhealthy gut!

2. Detox for health and weight loss

The old detox! Lemon juice does detox because it aids digestion, flushes out the system, cleans the blood and is a diuretic (increasing the rate toxins are eliminated from the body). When toxins are eliminated, the body can burn fat more effectively, aiding weight loss.

3. Relieves stress symptoms

Lemon juice is packed with Vitamin C – vital in reducing stress related symptoms (vitamin C is depleted under stress) and bringing the body back to balance.

4. Improves the skin

The Vitamin C found in lemon juice helps to improve blemishes and wrinkles – the skin needs Vitamin C to be healthy.

5. Rehydrates

Lemon juice contains potassium which when lost leads to dehydration, so it’s great for maintaining hydration levels throughout the day as well as before and after hot yoga and exercise.

Sometimes it’s the simplest of things that can help the most complex of problems. Actually, it’s always the simplest things…So sip this sour wonder daily!