Why Nutritionists Say You Should Drink Hot Water With Lemon Every Morning

If one of your resolutions this year is to curb your morning caffeine intake, try switching out that cup of coffee loaded with sugar and cream and for a simple cup of hot water with fresh-squeezed lemon juice. (Or better yet, keep the coffee and drink this, too!)

Recommended by nutritionists, here are some of the reasons why you’ll fall in love with hot water and lemon—and not just because of its zesty flavor. Your body will thank you.

1. It Reduces Bloating

If you’ve ever woken up in the morning after eating a big meal only to feel like you’re bloated or are experiencing minor heartburn, hot water with lemon is sure to help! Hot water helps cleanse your system, while the flavonoids from lemon juice can aid in reducing acidity in your stomach.

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2. It Aids In Digesting Food

Who knew, but the atomic composition of hot water and lemon is similar to saliva and digestive juices. As such, it encourages your liver to produce bile, which is an acid that is required for digestion. And, because lemons are also high in minerals and vitamins, they help loosen and discard toxins within the digestive track.

3. It Will Help You Lose Weight

Lemon juice contains pectin, which is a soluble fiber that has been shown to help aid the loss of unwanted pounds. The other benefit is if you’re used to drinking tea loaded with sugar or coffee loaded with creamer, this will be a nice healthy switch, also slashing calories from your daily intake. Many studies support the claim that hot water and lemon can help whittle your waistlines, according to LiveStrong.

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4. It Will Help Boost Your Mood

The scent of lemon juice is said to have mood-enhancing and energizing properties. Take a swig of hot lemon water, and see whether it brightens your mood! It’s also been said that lemon is one of the few foods that provide your body with more energy, which also can help contribute to a positive mindset.

Those are some pretty solid and convincing reasons to add hot water with lemon to your morning routine. Plus, when you start your day by doing something good for your body, it often motivates your to make healthier choices throughout the whole day. We’ll raise a glass—of hot lemon water—to that!

Still unconvinced? Check out these 18 reasons you should start drinking lemon water every day.