4 reasons to start your day with hot water and lemon

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It can be hard to ditch the morning coffee but there are so many benefits for doing so that it might just be worth delaying that caffeine intake until later in the day. Celebrities and nutritionists the world over swear by drinking hot water and lemon first thing everyday, but why? Here are 5 of the many benefits you can reap by switching that cup of joe for some H2O in your daily routine.

It’s a form of detox : While lemons may seem quite acidic, they’re a surprisingly good source of alkaline food that can help balance your body’s pH level. It is also believed to wake up your liver and flush out any nasty toxins.

It wakes up your digestive system. It might be simple, but it’s powerful and stimulates your  gastrointestinal tract — improving your body’s ability to absorb nutrients all day and helping food pass through your system with ease

It can supports weight loss, if you are aiming to shed a few pounds. Lemon juice contains pectin, a soluble fiber that has been shown to help in weight loss. Plus, if you’ve been sipping on a cup of tea or coffee loaded with sugar every morning, this beverage will slash calories from your daily diet.

It soothes an upset tummy: When you go to bed on a full stomach, heartburn and bloating can get in the way of your morning. Hot water cleanses your system, while the flavonoids from lemon juice may help reduce acidity in your stomach, so you feel like yourself sooner.