I have really noticed such a difference since I’ve been drinking a cup of hot water with lemon as soon as I wake up. Lemon is very acidic of course, but once ingested in the body, it becomes alkaline (which is a good thing apparently). The best change I’ve noticed is it gets my body ready for elimination and I feel nice and clean the rest of the day :-).
I actually feel so disappointed if I forget to prepare my lemon water the evening before (and am almost asleep by the time I realise it), and the next day I definitely feel heavier in my belly.
The trick is really to make sure you drink the lemon water on an empty stomach and do not eat or drink anything for 20-30 minutes. As mornings are awful for me, here’s what I do the evening before:
You will need:
- a thermos flask
- 1 lemon
- a knife
- a mug
- a teaspoon
- a small saucer (I use a glass coaster) to cover the mug
- honey (optional)
Pour some freshly boiled water into the flask, swirl it around and leave to stand for a minute. In the meantime, cut a chunk or a slice of lemon, and put it in your mug and cover the mug. Throw out the water in the flask, and refill it with more boiling water. Close the flask tight and place it with the mug with lemon, the teaspoon and honey if you’re using it, on a small tray next to your bed so it’s the first thing you see when you wake up! By morning, it’ll be the perfect temperature, not scalding hot; take the lemon out of the mug and give it a good squeeze, fill the mug with hot water, add honey if you wish, stir and drink.
If a chunk of lemon is too zingy for you, just use a slice of lemon until you get used to the taste.
I was pleased to see that MindBodyGreen published an article about the benefits of lemon water.