The Did you know that while you sleep your body is really busy? It doesn't just shut down and stop working. While you sleep, your body temp drops, your blood pressure does as well and you lose all sense of time and space. That's not all though, a study published last October shows that your brain's waste-flush system, the glymphatic system, may be TEN times more active at night while we sleep than when we are awake! Wow! You can read more about that here.
It's just fascinating what our bodies can do! During sleep, our body is busy regulating hormones, dreaming, working to maintain a healthy metabolism, renewing and repairing brain cells, cleaning out our eyes (Morning crusties, anyone???), you forget useless information and your body is basically working to flush out all toxins. This could explain why not getting enough sleep makes us feel so sluggish, tired and unfocused; We have not allowed our body the time to do all the work it needs to at night. We cut it's work hours short and we shorted ourselves too!
So, what does all of this have to do with lemon in water? I'm glad you asked!
#1, You haven't drank anything for several hours. You need to hydrate. This starts your digestion and begins the process of eliminating all those toxins the body wants to flush out of your system! Adding Lemon gives this process a boost as it's a helpful aid to the liver and kidneys which are the main organs for flushing out toxins. The lemon basically stimulates stomach acid production and bile production too.
#2, You will have higher energy levels! Try it for a week and see! Keep a daily water journal and make note of how you feel throughout the day. The addition of Lemon to your water gives you a little pep to your step too! Energy and digestion should improve!
#3, It will help your skin! Skin needs hydration to look youthful and bright! Also, by flushing those toxins out, you are helping your skin to stay clear.
#4, You are getting a boost of Vitamin C by adding a squeeze of lemon, which is helpful to your immune system and the production of Collagen which is vital to smooth and healthy skin as well.
#5, Healthy weight.. this article here shows that drinking water first thing can help aid in maintaining a healthy weight:
"After drinking approximately 17 ounces of water, the subjects’ metabolic rates — or the rate at which calories are burned — increased by 30% for both men and women. The increases occurred within 10 minutes of water consumption and reached a maximum after about 30 to 40 minutes."
Drinking more water throughout the day can be helpful too! Read on to learn a couple of reasons why and how you can benefit from adding in more hydration during the day:
#6, Memory and focus will improve (and who doesn't need that!?) Your brain relies heavily on having enough fluid to function. Your synapses and neurons need proper hydration to fire adequately. According thisresearch dehydration is one of the most reliable predictors in the decline of memory, focus and mental performance. According the same article, nearly 75% of Americans are dehydrated! If you aren't sure of the signs of dehydration, learn them here.
Even mild dehydration messes with proper brain function.
#7, Muscle strength and speed will improve. According to this research, our difficulty to lift, run or our lack of motivation can be due to dehydration. The right amount of H2o can keep our muscles relaxed which increases our performance.
#8, Think you are hungry? You might just be thirsty. Try reaching for a glass of water instead of a snack. Many people mistake thirst for hunger.
These are just some of the multitude of reasons to drink more water and why to start your day with it as well. My personal favorite is to drink my water with some Young Living Lemon Vitality Oil. I will also sometimes add a slice of lemon but by using the vitality essential oil, I can avoid any possible harm to my teeth and if the lemons don't look good at the store, I'm still set for the day! Plus, I prefer to carry a small bottle of essential oil with rather than a whole lemon or lemon slices. LOL. Young Living also carries many more options for flavoring my water as well: Orange Vitality, Jade Lemon Vitality, Grapefruit Vitality, Tangerine Vitality, Citrus Fresh Vitality (this one is a blend of several citrus oils and spearmint). If you want to know more about Young Living's line of essential oils and essential oil infused products, then go here. If you are interested in getting your own essential oils and learning more, then please go here.
Have a great day and go get a glass of water!