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The Benefits of Hot Lemon Water

This week I wanted to talk about one of my new favorite drinks, hot lemon water.  I know it does not sound like much, but now I find myself really looking forward to my morning or end of the day lemon water. I used to drink tea every night, which was alright. But tea has caffeine in it and is not ideal to drink before you go to bed. So after watching one of the ranching accounts, I follow on Instagram make a hot lemon water I figured I would give it a try, and now I can say I am hooked.

It is super simple to make. I have an electric kettle that I warm some water with. Then I just cut a lemon in half and squeeze one half into my mug. I usually can get two glasses out of one half of lemon. Cut lemons store well in the fridge, so do not throw away the other half! If you want to get fancy you can mix in some honey, ginger, turmeric, or mint.

There are tons of benefits of drinking water in general, but lemon water has its own special benefits!

  1. Drinking water is good for overall health. I hate drinking water. I have never been good about staying hydrated, but I love to drink hot things. So drinking hot water has really helped me drink more water throughout the day. Lemon also helps to enhance the flavor if you just don’t like the plain flavor of water. I will easily drink two 16 oz mugs of hot lemon water 2x a day. But, I would never drink that much plain cold water.
  2. Citrus is high in Vitamin C! Vitamin C can help with colds and immunity as well as act as an antioxidant. Antioxidants also help to maintain hydrated skin.
  3. Helps with digestion. Eastern Medicine suggests that drinking warm or hot lemon water helps jumpstart digestion which helps to prevent the build up of toxins.

Other forms of citrus can be good in water also. Limes, oranges or even cucumber can be really refreshing in water, but I prefer hot water which lends itself to lemon the best. If you prefer cold water, you can make lemon juice ice cubes to add to your cold water throughout the day. I definitely will be trying out flavored ice cubes this summer when the thermometer climbs near 90. What tricks do you use to drink more water? Do you have a favorite natural flavoring?