Charles Van Kessler offers this advice:

Drink a glass of warm (not hot) water with one lemon squeezed in it every morning on an empty stomach and don’t drink or eat anything else for one hour.

As the creator and developer and formulator of Passion 4 Life liquid vitamins and minerals, I have done this for the past 8 months. And I must tell you:  you’ll never feel better.

Since I started this simple and surprisingly healthy habit eight months ago, I definitely notice the difference.

Not only does the refreshing taste wake you up in the morning, it helps to kick start digestion and finalizes your body’s natural detoxification process. In addition, lemons are packed with vitamin C, B, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, enzymes, antioxidants and fiber. Benefits include:

Improves Digestion. Lemon juice has a similar structure to your stomach’s juices and helps to loosen and flush out toxins from the digestive tract. Lemon juice can help ease indigestion, heartburn, and bloating. It also helps to move your bowels in the morning, hydrates your colon, stimulates bile production, and infuses water in your stool.

Boosts Immune System. Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C, which helps strengthen the immune system and fights cold and flu. But not only vitamin C is important for a good working immune system, iron is another important nutrient, and lemons improve the ability to absorb more iron from the food you eat.

Boosts Energy. Lemon water gives you an instant boost of energy and improves your mood right at the start of your day.

Promotes Healthy Skin. Lemons are a rich sources of antioxidants that prevent free radical damage. These free radicals are responsible for pre-mature aging of your skin. Vitamin C helps to maintain your skin’s elasticity to prevent the formation of wrinkles and decrease blemishes.

Reduces Inflammation. Lemons have the ability to remove uric acid from your joints. Uric acid build-ups are one of the major causes of inflammation. And inflammation is the beginning of problems in your body.

Alkalizes Your Body. Although lemons have a sour taste, they are one of the most alkalizing food sources on earth. Too much acid can cause inflammation, obesity, and major diseases like cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Boosts Brain Power. The high levels of potassium and magnesium show beneficial effects on our brain and nerve health. Lemon water can give you the boost you need to fight depression and stress. It creates mental clarity and more focus, making it a great drink for students or people with busy and stressful jobs.

Freshens Breath. Lemons freshen your breath and fight mouth bacteria. Although lemons are great for your overall oral health, avoid drinking or using it undiluted.

Antibacterial and Antiviral Properties. Lemons have antibacterial and antiviral properties. They help fight the flu, cold, and soothe a sore throat, although people who drink their daily lemon water every day are less likely to get these in the first place.

Remember to take care of your health because if you don’t, it will simply go away.

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