The directions for a BluePrintCleanse I tried a while back suggested that cleansers drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning to kick start the digestive system. The water added to the lemon juice should be lukewarm, or as hot as is bearable. I looked into why this is recommended and after what I\u2019ve learned from experts and personal experience, I\u2019ve made drinking warm lemon water a regular habit. Here\u2019s why it\u2019s good for you. TABLE OF CONTENTS \t\tLemon Health Benefits Quickly Explained \t\tWhat Are the Benefits of Lemon Water in the Morning? \t\t1. Boosts your immune system \t\t2. Lemons are good for your brain \t\t3. They are heart-healthy \t\t4. Lemon juice balances the body\u2019s pH \t\t5. It helps with weight loss \t\t6. Lemon water also aids digestion \t\t7. Lemon water is a diuretic \t\t8. It clears skin \t\t9. And freshens breath \t\t10. Lemon may even help respiratory problems \t\t11. It\u2019s good for the liver \t\t12. And keeps you zen \t\t13. Helps kick the coffee habit \t\tEasy Lemon Water Recipes \t\tHow to Select a Good Lemon \t\tTools and Tips \t\tFAQs About Drinking Lemon Water Lemon Health Benefits Quickly Explained Lemons are healthy. Most of us associate lemons and citrus fruits with vitamin C, but that\u2019s not all they have to offer. They\u2019re low in sugar and according to\u00a0the USDA National Nutrient Database, lemons contain everything from vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid to minerals like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. They even contain more potassium than apples or grapes. Lemon health benefits go beyond vitamins and minerals, however. As you\u2019ll read below, lemon juice has antibacterial and antiviral properties and can be a digestive health aid. Some people find that the benefits of lemon water in the morning extend to weight loss, clearer skin, and even a clearer mind. I don\u2019t know if replacing my cup of coffee with a cup of warm water and lemon juice in the morning will be a cure-all or inspire me to stick with a total health makeover, but there aren\u2019t a lot of downsides to jump-starting your day this way. So, why not give it a try? Read on to find out how you can join me in my new morning routine of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning. What Are the Benefits of Lemon Water in the Morning? When it comes to tips for healthier living, there\u2019s a lot of information online, and not all of it is backed up by research. That\u2019s what inspired me to take a look at the benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning with a critical eye. You can add honey or ginger to spruce up your warm lemon water. 1. Boosts your immune system Lemons are high in vitamin C,\u00a0which is great for fighting colds. But the question I had was why? When I looked into it further, I discovered that Vitamin C has been shown to\u00a0increase the production of white blood cells. Those white blood cells are the defender cells that attack bacteria and viruses. Vitamin C may also keep existing immune cells healthier and better able to produce enough of the kind of antibodies that attach to viruses and bacteria to mark them for destruction. 2. Lemons are good for your brain They\u2019re high in potassium, which research shows\u00a0stimulates brain and nerve function. Let\u2019s dig deeper. Just one lemon contains 80 milligrams of this essential mineral \u2014 which is also important for basic cell and muscle functions and maintaining your body\u2019s fluid balance. 3. They are heart-healthy The potassium in lemons may help\u00a0control blood pressure, but that\u2019s not all. The vitamin C you\u2019ll get from drinking warm lemon water in the morning may\u00a0reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. 4. Lemon juice balances the body\u2019s pH Lately, you may have noticed that people are talking a lot about reducing the body\u2019s acidity by eating and drinking alkaline foods. You may be surprised to learn that while lemon juice is acidic outside of the body,\u00a0its effect is alkalizing\u00a0after it has been fully metabolized. That means that drinking lemon water in the morning can raise the pH of your body, promoting healthy cell function and structure and creating a less hospitable environment for bacteria and viruses. 5. It helps with weight loss Lemons are\u00a0high in pectin fiber, which could help fight hunger cravings\u2026 if you\u2019re eating a whole lemon. And some people lose weight more quickly just by upping their water intake. But many people also find that juicing them into warm water for their morning cup helps them lose weight faster. One\u00a0research study\u00a0found that polyphenols in lemon juice have the power to suppress body fat accumulation. The same research showed that the same compounds in lemons significantly\u00a0reduced weight gain\u00a0\u2014 even for those who were overeating. 6. Lemon water also aids digestion Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. That\u2019s important when you consider that a\u00a0study\u00a0showed that over 30% of men and women over age 60 had atrophic gastritis, a condition marked by little or no stomach acid. Drinking warm lemon water is good for you because it can help get your digestive system to get moving in the morning without overloading it. Plus, efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation, so you won\u2019t have to worry about the acid in lemons giving you heartburn. 7. Lemon water is a diuretic Drinking warm lemon water throughout the day will increase your rate of urination, which in turn will help you purify. Toxins are, therefore, released from your body at a faster rate, which then keeps your urinary tract healthy. Even better, their citric acid content may even help\u00a0prevent kidney stones\u00a0by making urine less acidic and giving your body the citrate it needs to break up or flush out small kidney stones. Lemons actually have the highest concentration of citrate of any citrus fruit. Studies have shown that one of the proven benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning is\u00a0decreased stone formation. 8. It clears skin The vitamin C in warm lemon water helps decrease wrinkles and\u00a0blemishes\u00a0by helping purge toxins from the blood. In addition to drinking it, lemon water can actually be applied directly to scars to help. You\u2019ll have beautiful, glowing skin in no time as the nutrients found in lemon nourish your skin from the inside out and the outside in. 9. And freshens breath Not only does warm lemon water make your breath nicer, but it can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. But be careful about brushing your teeth after your warm lemon water in the morning. The citric acid in lemon juice can erode tooth enamel, so you should monitor this. You could always consult with your dentist for advice. 10. Lemon may even help respiratory problems As noted above, drinking warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs. It\u2019s thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies, too. This may be because the vitamin C in lemon juice boosts the immune system and the compound limonene also\u00a0helps the body resist asthma triggers\u00a0as a result. The antioxidants in lemon juice may help the body in its fight against allergens and irritants. And the antiseptic properties of lemon might be helpful in preventing mucus build-up. 11. It\u2019s good for the liver Compounds in lemon may also help your liver do a better job of filtering toxins out of your body because citrus flavonoids in lemon\u00a0can protect the liver against damage caused by toxins\u00a0while also reducing fat in the liver. Lemon juice on its own may not be a detoxifying agent, but it could be doing a lot to help your body cleanse itself naturally. 12. And keeps you zen Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when you subject your mind and body to stress. As mentioned previously, lemons are chock full of vitamin C \u2014 which has been shown in numerous studies to\u00a0reduce both the physical and psychological effects of stress. In fact, people who have high levels of vitamin C in their bodies just don\u2019t respond to stress like you\u2019d expect. They feel less of it in highly stressful situations and then bounce back from those situations faster. So, one of the most surprising benefits of lemon in water in the morning might just be that you feel more centered throughout the day. 13. Helps kick the coffee habit After I have a glass of hot lemon water, I actually don\u2019t crave coffee as much in the morning. This is weird, I can\u2019t explain it, but I\u2019ll take it. Easy Lemon Water Recipes YIELD: 1 Warm Lemon Water Recipe Create Pinterest Pin No Ratings Print An easy warm lemon water recipe that you can flavor as you like with these ideas. PREP TIME 5 minutes TOTAL TIME 5 minutes INGREDIENTS \t\thalf a lemon \t\ta cup full of warm water INSTRUCTIONS \t1.\tFill a cup with warm water. \t2.\tSqueeze half a lemon into the warm water. \t3.\tAdd extra flavor if you like with basil, lavender, mint, grated ginger, honey, turmeric. 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How to Select a Good Lemon Better lemons = more juice for your lemon water. Here are some tips for selecting the perfect lemon so that you can experience lemon water benefits with the tastiest and juiciest fruit \t\tHeavy lemons have the highest mineral content, but they also have the most sugar. Look for dense ones with thin skin to get the most health benefits. \t\tLemons with finely-grained peels usually have the most juice inside. \t\tLemons should be bright yellow, with no patches of green. Those with green patches or a green tinge will be less ripe and much more acidic. \t\tOld lemons may be squishy or feel very hard, but in either case, they will have less juice than ones that are fresh and ripe. Tools and Tips Drink your warm lemon water in cups that have coffee or tea stains as lemon is a DIY hack for removing these stains. Then, grind the used lemon rinds in your garbage disposal to help deodorize it. This helps ensure that no part of this precious citrus fruit goes to waste. After cycling through a number of lemon squeezers, I\u2019ve shifted to a\u00a0stainless steel lemon squeezer\u00a0with over 1000 stellar reviews that I absolutely love and can toss into the dishwasher. I\u2019ve been through peeling paint and corroded plastic with other brands. I feel this is worth mentioning if you\u2019re going to make drinking lemon water or lime water a daily habit. Also, these reusable\u00a0stainless steel straws\u00a0are great if you\u2019re concerned about lemon hitting your teeth. FAQs About Drinking Lemon Water WHY DOES LEMON WATER HAVE TO BE WARM? The one thing I couldn\u2019t find a concrete answer for at first is why the water has to be warm. Having studied Chinese Medicine, I assumed that cold water likely provides a shock or stress factor to the body that causes an imbalance of yin and yang as it takes energy for your body to process food and drinks that are cold or really hot. It\u2019s also the case that using warm water in your morning lemon water helps to extract more polyphenol from the lemons. You can use cold or hot water if that\u2019s your preference, but you may not get the same health benefits. HOW MUCH LEMON SHOULD I USE? I asked BluePrintCleanse how much lemon the recommend you put in your water. They suggested just a wedge or 1/8 of a lemon. I find it easier to squeeze half a lemon into my mug so that\u2019s what I do. CAN I DRINK LEMON WATER EVERYDAY? When making adjustments to your dietary regimen, it is wise to consult your medical professional. Many devotees do drink warm lemon water in the morning on a daily basis. WHAT IF I DON\u2019T LIKE LEMON? You could also try\u00a0warm turmeric and lemon water. Some people like this better than plain lemon in the morning because the flavor is more interesting and turmeric has numerous health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. And if you prefer the flavor of lime over lemon, you\u2019ll get many of the same health benefits\u00a0drinking lime water, though you will probably need to squeeze an entire lime to get the same amount of juice you can squeeze out of half an average size lemon. WHAT DOES LEMON IN THE MORNING DO FOR WEIGHT LOSS? Lemon water is a very low-calorie beverage as the average lemon without skin has 17 calories. By drinking it instead of sweetened coffee or juice, you are already cutting calories out of your diet. Staying hydrated will also help you lose weight, and water with lemon is a much better hydrator than coffee or tea in the morning. Some research suggests that increased hydration may also speed up the\u00a0breakdown of fats\u00a0in the body. Additionally, the polyphenols in lemon juice may speed up both weight loss and body fat reduction. CAN LEMON JUICE IN THE MORNING BE BAD FOR YOU? Some people are worried that consuming too much lemon water can be bad for bones because it is so acidic, but as noted above, lemon alkalizes in the body. Unfortunately, no scientific studies have been done on lemon\u2019s effects on the bones, though there are also no studies showing that drinking lemon juice in water is bad for health. IS IT OKAY TO DRINK LEMON WATER ALL DAY? If you love the flavor and drinking it is keeping you from sipping on sodas, why not? The only reason you might want to consider limiting your consumption of it to the mornings is that you\u2019ll be able to brush your teeth right afterward. The acid in lemon juice probably won\u2019t have any impact on your tooth enamel, but this way you can drink it without concern. HOW MUCH LEMON WATER SHOULD YOU DRINK A DAY? Let\u2019s break it down. If one normal size lemon contains about 50 mg of vitamin C, you can get all you need by juicing just two lemons, adding that to warm water, and drinking it in the morning. Taking in more vitamin C by drinking lemon water throughout the day won\u2019t hurt you, but there\u2019s one more good reason to enjoy a cup or two right when you first wake up. That\u2019s when your body is most dehydrated, so you\u2019ll replenish the water you lost overnight and give your digestive system a healthy boost before breakfast. DOES LEMON JUICE IN THE MORNING REDUCE BELLY FAT? The best thing you can do to reduce belly fat is to stay well hydrated, which will reduce water retention and\u00a0combat belly-inflating symptoms\u00a0like bloating, puffiness and weight gain. Warm lemon water gets things moving in the morning, too, which means you won\u2019t spend the day dealing with constipation (another major cause of belly bloat). Do you enjoy the benefits of hot lemon water in the morning? Do you think that lemon water is good for you? Let me know in the comments.