Every morning, half asleep, my daughter and I sit on our kitchen floor and share a glass of warm lemon water. Originally, I would make a glass before Brooklyn woke up but one day I was running late (I really needed those few extra minutes of sleep) and Brooklyn watched me make my morning concoction. I let her try it, thinking she wouldn’t like the sourness of the lemon but she loved it. This became our morning mom and daughter routine and I LOVE it! Although it’s not every morning and she only takes a few sips, it’s still something I look forward to. Every morning she sits down and in her little sleepy voice she says, “Can I have some, best friend?” It definitely makes the list of one of my favorite parts of being a mom. One, I love giving her something to kick-start her day. Two, I swoon hearing her call me her best friend every day.
So, I’m sure you’re wondering what the benefits of drinking a warm glass of lemon water daily could be? Let me break down each ingredient for you.
Water: Any water, especially warm water, helps jump start the body in the morning. Water helps flush the digestive system and stimulate digestive enzymes. Water also is essential in rehydrating your body after hours of no liquid while sleeping.
Lemon: Contains numerous vitamins, folate, and potassium. Vitamin C plays a large role in protecting the immune system and gives your body a boost of energy. Vitamin C is also needed for collagen production, so it aids in keeping your skin healthy. The folate, which is important in pregnant women to prevent Neural tube defects, is a great additive to your diet. Folate also plays a role in DNA synthesis and repair. Potassium enhances metabolism and also stabilizes blood sugar levels. Also, potassium is an electrolyte, so it helps the body maintain a healthy balance of fluids. Lemons are also a diuretic, which helps the body flush out unwanted materials.
A few areas of concern:
- When giving to young children, the biggest issue is with allergies. I would recommend waiting until after the baby is over a year of age.
- Lemons are acidic and can damage enamel, so make sure to swish with water after. The acid in lemons softens the enamel and makes it more prone to erosion while brushing, so wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. (Both kids and adults)
- Since it’s a diuretic, drinking more than one glass could potentially lead to dehydration.
- The acidity in lemons can also cause heart burn or acid reflux, so don’t over indulge if you are prone to these issues.
How do I make my lemon water?
- Heat up a glass of purified water
- Add juice of half a lemon
- Add the zest from that half
- And for added benefits, add either honey or pure maple syrup