Within a week of starting my day with a warm glass of lemon soaked water, I noticed:
- A decrease in my desire for my morning coffee
- I drank way more water throughout the day
- It was less expensive than coffee, tea, or juice
- Less bloating and a calmer “morning” stomach, as opposed to my coffee “morning”
This was the same week that I had been reading The Science of Skinny and I had decided that I would just try one of her weight loss ideas. I had always naively written off the whole lemon water idea, dismissing it as too easy.
Well, I should have known that after years of researching Reset Your Weight weight loss principles, “easy” doesn’t always equate with “ineffective” (insert weak smile).
Lemon water is awesome. And, if you reuse your lemon like I do for about three days, then it is actually cheap. A large, Costco sized bag of organic lemons for about $6 will last me a month. That’s cheaper than coffee and tea by far!
Read how I reuse and recycle other foods in this post!
I’m finding plenty of statistical evidence that the body really yearns for balance, especially when you nourish it. The author of The Science of Skinny does an excellent job at explaining the significance of balancing the body’s pH levels for weight loss and management.
Why Balance pH
I’ve seen the infographic charts like this one for a while, but, to be honest, when I was overweight and craving food, none of the “healthy” foods appealed to me; in fact, these charts made me feel guilty!
All the foods that I enjoyed were labeled “eat less;” I didn’t have the “will power” to eat less of them. Sure, I’d make a small veggie to go with dinner so that I was being a “smart parent,” but my portion size was minimal or just didn’t appear on my plate because “the kids were still hungry.”
Fast forward to a healthy gut from bone broth and live, beneficial bacteria from fermented food and drinks. I actually want to eat my greens now. In fact…gasp…I crave them! Now, I pile my plate full with veggies before I serve my kids. Who is this person? LOL.
BTW, I am eating a boxed brownie right now and willpower has nothing to do with it. Read why I can eat what I want in this post, Be Obsessed With Life, Not the Weight of Food.
According to decades of research, author Dee McCaffrey states that “All foods, after they are digestived and metabolized will leave either acid or alkaline forming minerals in our body” (p 176) and that “maintaining the proper pH in our body is one of the basic necessities for good health.
When our pH is balanced, we should lose weight easily” (p 171).
The liver is the main digestive organ that helps move toxins and fats “from exposure to sugar and food additives” (p 171) and keeping things flowing is important. How is this done?
“Cleansing and supporting the liver, along with alkalizing, is key” to stubborn weight gain even when diet and exercise is increased (p 187). Lemon water is the master morning cleaner.
The Benefits of Lemon Water
Even The Chalkboard Magazine came to the same conclusion: “But if you can only make time for one ritual that will improve your health, let it be this: start the day out with a mug of warm water and the juice of half a lemon.It’s so simple and the benefits are just too good to ignore.”
Specifically, they state that warm lemon water will:
- The vitamin C + potassium = stimulates immune system and brain function
- “BALANCES PH: Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health.”
- “HELPS WITH WEIGHT LOSS: Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster.”
- “AIDS DIGESTION: The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis – the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.”
- Increases urination, which flushes out toxins
- Vitamin C and the toxin removal leads to clearer skin
- Prevents dehydration since it hydrates the lymph system
Drinking a warm glass of lemon water as the first thing you put into your body in the morning, will flush the toxins that the body has spent the whole night packaging up for removal upon waking. This is because lemons are alkalizing in the body.
Lemon water will help form beneficial stomach bile and, combined with its vitamin C, will process those toxins and eliminate them from the body in the morning (McCaffery, 206).
Personally, I keep the quart canning jar in the picture on my counter, replacing the water after I pour a glass. While the lemon water is the most effective in the body upon waking before any other food or drink is consumed, I continue drinking it all day because:
- It adds just enough flavor to my water so that I keep hydrating myself throughout the whole day
- It is a reminder at how something so simple can be so effective
- It sits in a spot on my counter where the light filters through it, making it pretty to look at 😉
Weight Loss Bonus Drink
Dee McCaffery also explains another easy drink that will really boost weight loss: 8 ounces of water with 1-2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) added to it:
ACV increases weight loss “by improving digestion, adding soluable fiber to stabilize blood sugar levels, block absorption of calories, improve metabolism, and create satiety” (p 208).
To maximize these benefits, she recommends drinking ACV water three times a day, preferably 20 minutes before a meal. Since it can be a bit tart, if you need to, add a sprinkle of stevia or 1/2 teaspoon of honey. I think I’ll make that switch next week; the brain does crave novelty and this is a worthwhile addition!
Reset Your Weight
Drinking a glass of warm lemon water each morning is a very easy thing to add to your morning. Don’t go all out and eliminate your morning coffee or routine, just do this first and see how it positively affects you. Come back and comment when you do!
Make your lemon last even longer by:
- Cut a lemon in half and squish it into a quart (or any jar with a lid) jar
- Fill with warm water the first morning, shake it, and then drink it directly out of the jar
- Immediately replace the water in the jar by refilling it
- Put it in the fridge for the rest of the day
- Before bed, take out the lemon water jar and leave it on the counter, lid on
- The next morning, it will be warm
- Repeat for several more days (3-4, maybe more days) before changing out the lemon for a new one
- The morning that you can’t taste the lemon, just toss the old and squeeze in a new!
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