I have always known that a glass of hot water and lemon is a good idea first thing. It just feels right (especially after a whiskey the night before). I thought I’d read into exactly why and was pleasantly surprised.
A glass of hot(ish) water and lemon will stimulate your digestive system, the potassium in lemons will help to give the brain and nervous systems a wake up call. The vitamin C boosts the immune system and reduces the signs of aging by purging toxins from the blood. The citric acid, when metabolised, will help lower your bodies acidity. Most of us are too acidic (in many ways!).
Lemons are high in pectin fibre, which helps fight hunger pangs. They help to stimulate the liver into producing more bile, which aids digestion, helping against heartburn and indigestion. Your peeing rate will increase, flushing out more toxins.
The fructose is lemon will give you a gradual sugar kick. Fructose levels are relatively low in fruit and vegetables and release sugar into the blood slowly (a low glycemic index), so its better than most other sugar***.
Fresh lemon will help to beat chest infections and has been known to help with allergies and asthma. You will be more chilled, Vitamin C is one of the first things to be depleted by a stressful life.
Most of all, it starts the day of with a zing! A real citrus wake up call.
As of this very day, I will almost definately, be drinking this every morning (maybe).
Remember – use the lemon peel. Its bursting with flavour and it’s such a waste to just use the juice.
***However, there is an increased use of high fructose corn syrup in processed foods. We can end up eating too much fructose, which can be a problem. Fructose is processed in the liver and avoids the normal appetite stimulators. This means that we feel like scoffing more and put on weight. If the liver processes too much frustose it begins to form triglycerides which may lead to heart disease. Diabetes is another potential concern.
The Hit List
HFCS is found in processed cereals, sweets (candy), soft drinks, ice cream, tinnned fruits, cakes, even some cough syrups. Thankfully its used less in Europe than the U.S.A, but its still there and ever increasing. It’s a cheap way for big business to sweeten food. Stay away from food wrapped in plastic and you are on the right track.