This weekend I went out for breakfast with one of my favourite breakfast people. I love having a meal with her becuase we just chat, and chat, and chat. We can honestly discuss absolutely everything. We may get heated by the discussion, but it’s okay because I have this DEEP respect for her and I feel like she thinks same way about me. I do tend to get more heated about topics than she does. She blames the red hair.
This weekend I noticed her having a cup of hot water and lemon. When I inquired about this new habit, she explained that her mom (who is an RN and who I trust) got her started on this pre-breakfast habit. Being the person I am, and always up for procrastination, I decided to do a little digging into the hot water and lemon idea.
My friend and her mom claim that this habit has helped them to cut back on the amount of coffee that they drink in a day and that they both are feeling a general sense of ‘better” since starting the practice. I am always up for ways to help myself feel better, so I went out, purchased some lemons and started to hunt out info on the benefits to this habit.
The fine people at lifehack.org supplied me with a list of benefits I could expect from drinking a cup of lemon water everyday. According to the author, Krissy Brady, this simple drink would help with my skin, joint inflammation, weight loss, caffeine habit, will freshen my breath, boost my immune system, fight off viral infections and aid in digestion. SIgn me up! This is a wonder cure. Why isn’t everyone drinking this cheap elixir of health and goodness? Apparently they are. I’m just new to the party.
Post after post, article after article heralded a cup of lemon water in the morning as the new cure for what ails you. Huffington Post, ABC News, and even Livestrong extoll the virtues of a warm water and lemon drink in the morning. Now, there was some disagreement among the 8 or so articles I perused, regarding the temperature of the water, the amount of lemon for your body weight, and whether you should have it before you eat or after. The one thing I learned today when I had my first cup of lemon water: DON’T drink it AFTER you brush your teeth.