By Amy Medling, Founder of PCOS Diva
It may seem hard to believe that something as simple as adding lemon to a cup of warm water could have so many health benefits, but you may want to think twice about giving it a try. Squeezing half a lemon into one cup of warm water every morning is an easy and valuable step to add to your PCOS diet. Here are seven of the most common benefits to drinking warm water with lemon.
Fight Against Flu Season
The cooler weather brings the threat of colds and the flu. Sipping on a glass of warm lemon water can help protect you from getting sick this season. Lemons are full of vitamin C which helps to boost your immune system and fight against infection.
Aid In Digestion
Drinking a cup of warm lemon water first thing in the morning helps to “wake up” your GI tract and prepare it for the act of digestion. As a result, lemon water helps the body to better absorb nutrients and reduce bloating. Aim to drink a glass of warm lemon water at least 30 minutes before you eat breakfast.
A glass of icy, cold water may not sound all that appetizing during these colder months. Adding flavor with freshly squeezed lemon juice to a warm glass of water can encourage you to drink more water first thing in the morning and throughout the day. Staying hydrated is important for many functions in the body such as waste removal, lubricating joints and maintaining body temperature.
Improve Skin Appearance
Proper hydration can also help improve the look and feel of your skin. Both water and vitamin C found in lemons help to boost collagen production to prevent wrinkles from forming and reduce their appearance.
Ease Aches & Pains
Lemon water is beneficial for those suffering from arthritis or joint pain by reducing the amount of uric acid found in the joints. Uric acid buildup results in inflammation, one of the leading causes of joint pain, especially in arthritis. Adding warm lemon water to your diet for PCOS is a simple way to ease discomfort naturally.
Lemons are not only full of immune-boosting vitamin C, but are also a great source of potassium. A powerful mineral, potassium helps improve brain and nerve function. Swapping your morning coffee or tea for a warm cup of lemon water can be a caffeine-free way to help you stay alert and focused.
Cleanse the Liver
The liver is a vital organ for many bodily functions including filtering the blood, removing toxins, and processing proteins. Lemons boost the liver’s capacity to produce enzymes more than any other food. Both water and lemon juice help the liver to function more efficiently and improve your overall health. For more natural ways to help your liver cleanse your entire body, read 10 Super Foods for Cleansing with PCOS.
Amy Medling, best-selling author of Healing PCOS and certified health coach, specializes in working with women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), who are frustrated and have lost all hope when the only solution their doctors offer is to lose weight, take a pill, and live with their symptoms. In response, Amy founded PCOS Diva and developed a proven protocol of supplements, diet, and lifestyle programs that offer women tools to help gain control of their PCOS and regain their fertility, femininity, health, and happiness.