A lukewarm glass of lemon water every morning, to be precise. (Along with drawing a card a day in the morning with my beloved The Wild Unknown tarot deck.)
I decided to try this simple addition to my diet because I wanted a way to kickstart my mornings well, and I just didn’t want to spring for a juice cleanse, after a couple weeks of eating and sleeping badly. And mostly because I’m just unable to wrap my mind around the fact that cold pressed juices can cost THIS MUCH. My moment of shame was in purchasing a $10 bottle of juice from Dean & Deluca. Yes I know, what was I expecting from D&D? In NYC no less? But in my defense, there was no price tag and I thought, surely it can’t cost more than $5 right?
The upside: It really was a pretty damn delicious glass of juice.
Still, the Virgo in me was aghast. What would that $10 have bought me? A bowl from Chipotle that I can consume for 3 straight meals (yes, really), and change. A book. 3 coffees to get me through 3 work days. Juice cleanses cost upwards of $40 or more, A LOT MORE, for a 3-day program. I just can’t justify it to myself. And believe me, I’m pretty good at justifying purchases to myself.
Plus, not eating anything and just drinking juice would make me a really ANGRY PERSON. I’d rather aim for moderation – attempting to eat healthily on the daily instead of subjecting oneself to torturous regimens once in a blue moon. For example, see: “Excavation Cleanse” from BluePrint Cleanse: “This option unearths those crayons and other art class delicacies you chowed down in first grade. We’re digging deep.”
Yikes. It all sounds both terrifying and intriguing, all at once.
So being a relatively health-conscious person on a budget (other than the times I give myself permission to snack on chocolate, instant noodles and chips, like those two weeks I mentioned up there when I indulged more often than I should have…), I was immediately taken by the benefits of lemon water:
Freshen Your Skin
Thanks to all the vitamin C within lemons, your skin reaps the benefits of you drinking the fruit as well. According to FitDay, vitamin C assists in the production of collagen, so having more in your diet can prevent wrinkles from forming. And of course, drinking lots of water is great for skin in general.
Pump Up The Immune System
There’s a reason you’re always drawn to oranges when you’re sick — once again, the power of vitamin C at play. Consuming the vitamin daily (via lemon water) can help keep you healthy and stave off infection, notes The World’s Healthiest Foods.
Strengthens The Brain
Lemon may be known best for its vitamin C, but it also contains potassium, which helps with brain and nerve function. So for a quick natural way to feel more alert, lemon water is a great bet.
Cleanses The Liver
As reported by , in Dr. Alexander F. Beddoe’s Biological Ionization in Human Nutrition, he notes the liver can make more enzymes out of lemon juice than any other food. While we aren’t advocating for an intensive cleanse (we know those are unnecessarily), this can help give your organ a boost.
There are a ton of resources out there about lemon water in the morning, but the bits above are just some of many health benefits listed from a Huffington Post article. Bonus: I bought 4 lemons from Whole Foods for just $3, which is a total score, and can last me for two weeks.
I can say for sure that my skin has never looked clearer. And I can also confirm the benefits with regards to… ahem, bowel and bladder movements. Oversharing much, but my point is – it totally works!
P.S. There was also a deal going on at Whole Foods for Evolution cold-pressed juice, 2 for $5 – the Defense Up (orange, mango, acerola) was tasty, but the Apple & Carrot one? Not so much.