A New Habit Brings Ultimate Benefits As You Age

As we age, the smallest changes in our habits can have a big impact on our health. For example, simply beginning your day with a glass of warm lemon water. You’ve probably heard this many times before, yet are you convinced? Did you know adopting this simple habit into your morning routine can have ultimate benefits as you age? 

Did you know beginning your day with a glass of warm lemon water can . . .

AID YOUR DIGESTION


Acid in our stomach helps break down food. This acid declines as we get older. The acid in lemons helps supplement what we lose.

PREVENT OXIDATION


Lemons contain phytonutrients, substances that protect your body against disease. They also contain powerful antioxidant properties. Detoxing our bodies regularly helps keep everything working properly. Sometimes adding a new habit into our already “set ways” can be difficult. Keep in mind how good this is for you and that may be the motivation you need to begin. 

HELP KEEP YOU HYDRATED


It is a known fact that as we get older remembering to drink enough water can be easily forgotten. When you are not hydrated enough it can put you at risk for urinary tract infections (UTI). Developing a UTI can be difficult to treat if you don’t get the proper medical care needed. Many end up hospitalized because they wait too long to see a doctor. Are you hydrated enough? Take a peek at the color of your urine. It should be almost clear.

Drinking enough water can also help with dizziness, headaches and ease increasing aches and pains. Best of all, it is a great way to kick-start your metabolism and help begin the day feeling energized.

GIVE YOU A HEALTHY DOSE OF VITAMIN C


Juicing half a lemon into your water provides a sixth of your daily Vitamin C intake. This important vitamin is needed to protect from cell damage and help boost your immune system. Ladies, adding lemon juice to your diet can be your best anti-aging product in helping fight those wrinkles too. Here are other food sources containing Vitamin C that you can incorporate into your diet.

PROVIDE POTASSIUM


Our body needs this mineral to function properly. Do you need to counter some of the effects of salt on blood pressure? Potassium is great for this. There’s a major rise in high blood pressure among the aging, requiring medications to keep it under control. Drinking lemon water can help boost the required potassium your body needs.

HELP PREVENT KIDNEY STONES


If you’ve ever suffered from painful kidney stones, you know they can wipe you out. Some may even require surgery to remove them. Lemon water helps those deficient in urinary citrate (a form of citric acid). One common cause of kidney stones is dehydration. Another good reason to increase your fluid consumption and try to prevent these.

BE WEIGHT-LOSS FRIENDLY


Consider replacing your morning orange juice or latte with lemon water. Better yet, ditch the high calorie, not-so-good for you sugary beverages like soda and replace it with infused lemon water. Your waist line will decrease and your body will be healthier. If you drink a glass first thing in the morning before breakfast, you can still enjoy your cup of coffee or tea and get the benefits of both. Even consider replacing the table sugar in your tea with lemon juice.

The peel of a lemon is loaded with rich nutrients. You can add it to your baking and cooking for extra flavor. Lemon peels can have a lot of pesticide residue on them. Try and buy organic when possible.

HOW TO:

Squeeze half of a lemon into a glass of water. We absorb water more efficiently when it is warm. Others like to drink it cold. Any way you do it, it’s a major plus for your health. Many drink a glass of warm water in the morning upon rising and drink it cold throughout the day, adding additional lemon juice into your body.

Be careful though, there is a downside. The acid in a lemon can break down tooth enamel, which is another issue we face as we get older. You want to protect those pearly whites so you can enjoy eating treats with your grandchildren. An easy remedy: rinse with a plain glass of water after you drink your lemon water. Swish it around your mouth and spit it out. This will get rid of any acid lingering on your teeth.

Now, there is no excuse for not buying the pretty infuser water bottle you’ve had your eye on. AND, lemons are available all year long, so next time you are grocery shopping, purchase a bundle.

Incorporating simple everyday habits will do wonders for your health as you get older. You’re never too old to learn new ways to stay healthy. Your body will thank you and so will your grandchildren!

Did you know lemon isn’t only a superfood for your body, but also for your skin! Read all about it in Lemon: Superfood for Your Skin.

Photo Credits: Dani


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Michelle

Michelle lives in North Carolina with her husband of 29 years. She is a mother to three grown daughters and "Grammie" to her two grandchildren. She teaches transitional kindergarten by day and blogs at Grammie Time by night. Spending time and making memories with her grandchildren is an investment she makes a priority.

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    Minh

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    So simple but I never thought it provided so many benefits. I am going to start with this habit in the morning for sure. Great tip about the infuser water bottle – I will need to look for one.

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    Jessica Brock

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    I already drink water with lemon juice in it everyday. I drink it cold though throughout the day…and I use that real lemon lemon juice, so I don’t get the nutrients from the lemon peel 🙁 That’s ok too, right?

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    Heaven

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    I have heard this many times but never started it. Thank you for this reminder that this is something I need to do!

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    jeremy@thirstydaddy

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    I try to drink a lot of water, but I’ll admit this is the first time I’d heard about the benefits of adding lemon

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    Long Ladies

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    I knew it was good for the digestion, but I didn’t know quite as much about all those other benefits! Thanks for sharing!

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    Bonnie

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    This is a habit I have thought about trying as I dislike cold water first thing in the morning. Switching from my coffee first to this though is something I’m working towards. I visiting today from the #shinebloghop.

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    Tiffani

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    Wow, I didn’t know this. I am a big water drinker, but never thought about lemon in warm water in the morning. I’m really going to try this especially for all the great health benefits. Great post! 🙂

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