Lately, I’ve replaced all caffeine with either boiling water or lemon water and the health benefits I’ve noticed have been amazing already! As promised, I wanted to share my healthy eating journey with you all so you too can benefit from some simple lifestyle changes that will not only benefit your energy levels but, your skin, your hair and your overall well-being.
I’d better start by saying I’m not a nutritionist or health care professional but, I am a working Mum of 2 who found her energy levels slumping so I decided to take matters into my own hands. There are so many fads and trends out there and what you’ll find with this website is that we are all for ‘sustainable changes’ and we want to make small shifts to increase not only our well-being but, that of our family’s too!
As many of you know I’ve been making small shifts towards a healthier lifestyle this year and I started looking into the benefits of having a detox month to help kick start my digestive system. As part of this detox I’ve eliminated certain food and drink including refined sugar and caffeine and I’m already seeing the benefits of this. However, my overall aim after one month of eliminating these foods is to slowly re-introduce them back into my diet and the plan is to adopt a healthier eating lifestyle. This is a lifestyle change and it’s very much about educating myself about nutrition, healthy food and new products/food that help to aid this transition, something that previously I didn’t know a lot about but, I’m learning and enjoying the process too!
Lemons are a ‘power food’
Lemons are classed as a power food as they are acidic to the taste, but are alkaline-forming in the body and this makes them great for balancing a highly acidic condition in the body.
Research has linked drinking lemon water to many other health claims, including weight loss, improved digestion, improved skin and detoxification.
Lemon water may also help the appearance of skin because it is caffeine-free. Drinking too caffeine can cause your skin to become dry and it can also affect your health too and for some it can cause headaches especially when you withdraw from this. Luckily, I don’t drink too much caffeine so I didn’t experience this when I eliminated it from my diet for the month but, if you do consume a large amount of caffeine then you could withdraw from it slowly to avoid such headaches.
Making the shift
If you’re someone who finds it difficult to drink water then adding lemon to hot or cold water can make it more palatable. As we all know there are so many benefits from drinking water and the consumption guide recommends that we should consume 2 litres of water every day.
Drinking 2 litres of water per day will have huge benefits on not only your health but, your cognitive thinking abilities and your skin and hair too. Our bodies are made up of 75% water and our brains are 95% water so it’s super important to stay hydrated and I promise you, you’ll start to see the first benefits of doing this within the first 7-10 days, I know I have.
Finding ways to make the shift easier
Drinking 2 litres of water can seem daunting for some, I know because I too felt like that but, if you plan it correctly then you will ensure you consume the recommended amount. My tips for ensuring this are to start the day with 2 cups of boiling water, then add 1-2 slices of lemon, I do this before leaving the house on a morning then I know I’ve already have 2 of my 8 glasses required.
Then when I get to work (if it’s a work day), I’ll have another cup of boiled water, this is a favourite of mine but, if you prefer cold water then that counts too! Then I try to ensure I’ve had another 3 glasses of water before lunch and then I consume the rest throughout the afternoon so I’m not having to top up too much after my evening meal.
Since having the boys my bladder isn’t what it used to be and I’m usually up 1-2 times per night going to the loo but, strangely since I started increasing my water consumption I’m somehow sleeping right through. My body seems to hold the water better and I feel fully hydrated, alert and brighter, others have even commented on how bright I look which is nice – that’s another perk!
Top 5 Health Benefits of Lemon Water
- It encourages hydration.
We need approximately 2 litres of water per day and by adding lemon to water it makes it easier for us to drink so we tend to drink more of it.
- It’s a good source of vitamin C.
Lemons and other citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, which is a primary antioxidant that helps protect cells from damaging free radicals.
Vitamin C may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and lower blood pressure. Vitamin C may also help prevent or limit the duration of the cold/flu too!
- It improves your skin quality.
This is my favourite health benefit! Vitamin C found in lemons may help reduce skin wrinkling. A study recently published showed that those with high levels of vitamin C have less risk of wrinkled and dry skin, so that’s another incentive right there for us all.
- It helps aids digestion.
Some people drink lemon water as a daily morning laxative to help prevent constipation, it hasn’t worked for me in that way but, if this is something you struggle with then it may be worth a try.
Drinking hot lemon water first thing on a morning when you wake will help get your digestive system moving and it helps give my digestive system a kick start to the day.
- It helps to keep your breath fresh!
Lemons are thought to neutralize odours and it helps to keep breath fresher. Lemons are also thought to stimulate saliva, and water helps prevent a dry mouth, which leads to bad breath caused by excess bacteria growth. In addition to this tongue scraping helps hugely, but, I’ll share that with you at a later date – that’s a whole other story but, one I promise to share.
So you see there are so many benefits to drinking lemon water, try it for yourself and let me know how you get on!