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"Just squeeze half a lemon into a glass of warm or hot purified water," writes Lorraine Bracco, author of To the Fullest. "It beats drinking coffee hands down. This simple drink has physical benefits that will help you to get where you want to be."
Coffee—especially when taken with no sugar—can give you a much-needed energy boost in the morning, has been proven to even expand your lifespan, and is even a powerful fighter against cancer and diabetes.
Hot lemon water, on the other hand, will give you a weight loss pick-me-up that'll keep the efforts going all day long.
"People who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster, [and] since lemons help to make the body more alkaline, drinking lemon water is a good weight loss aid," Bracco adds.
An extra bonus: "Lemons are also high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings," she says, so not only does the drink add in alkaline, but it helps to make sure overeating is curbed throughout the day.
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If weight loss is not your main goal, Bracco notes that the tart drink can help with multiple other health concerns. Here are 8 more reasons you should drink hot lemon water every morning:
1. Aids digestion.
Lemon juice helps to flush out toxins, particularly from the digestive tract. Its composition is similar to the acids in saliva and digestive juices. It stimulates the liver to produce bile.
2. Acts as a diuretic.
The increase in the rate of urination helps to eliminate toxins from the body and gets rid of bloat.
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3. Boosts your immunity.
The high vitamin C content has anti-inflammatory effects, and high levels of potassium boost nerve and brain function.
4. Balances pH levels.
Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Drinking lemon water regularly can reduce acidity, including uric acid in the joints, one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation.
5. Clears skin.
Vitamin C and other antioxidants fight skin aging, decreasing wrinkles and blemishes. It rejuvenates the skin from the inside out. The alkaline nature of lemon juice kills some of the bacteria that cause acne.
6. Enhances your mood and boosts your energy.
The scent of lemon has mood-enhancing and mind-clearing properties. It can reduce anxiety and depression.
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7. Promotes healing.
The vitamin C (ascorbic acid) found in lemons promotes healing and helps to maintain healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage.
8. Freshens breath.
You know how crisp and clean lemon juice smells. A warning: Citric acid can erode tooth enamel. It is a good idea to rinse your mouth with purified water after drinking lemon water.