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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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