Many believe that drinking a cup of warm water with half of a lemon first thing in the morning is great for one’s health. There are many benefits associated with this drink. These advantages include stimulating the liver, aiding in digestion, resolving heartburn while also balancing body pH.
Sadly, this drink comes with a significant side effect, dental health. The acid in fruit juices will erode teeth enamel. When the lemon is mixed with the warm water, the erosion becomes worse. Basic chemistry shows us that chemical reactions speed up when heat is added, and this is the case with the acid and enamel. Enamel is vital to one’s dental health, and it protects the dentin. Once the enamel is gone, sensitivity increases among with many other problems.
There are several tricks to minimize damage. Use a straw, rinse with filtered water right afterwards, and brush the teeth prior to drinking. These are all useful tips, but will not stop the erosion entirely.
Lemon essential oil is the better way to go.
Lemon essential oil is not made from lemon juice, it is made from lemon rinds. This essential oil is pH neutral, meaning it is not acidic. To make 1 kg of lemon essential oil it takes 3,000 lemon rinds!
Without the acid to worry about, one can detox safer. A bonus is that lemon essential oil is absorbed easier than lemon juice.
Just a couple drops of lemon essential oil to one’s glass water bottle can be very beneficial. Lemon essential oil can help increase energy levels while aiding in mental clarity. This oil has also been known to help with heartburn, acne, gallstones, and respiratory issues.
Make sure when consuming essential oils only to mix in glass drink ware. Plastic has been known to erode with essential oils.
Another great bonus is the lemon essential oil contains 68% d-limonene. This is not found in lemon juice, just the essential oil. D-limonene is a great antioxidant! It has also been shown to cleanse harmful chemicals from the liver.
Cancer cells have been studied with d-limonene. It has been confirmed that d-limonene not only stopped cancer growth but prevented it from spreading to both animals and humans. Even in high doses, there is no toxicity of d-limonene to humans. (Source)
If one is trying to detox for the New Year, lemon essential oil may be the way to go.
There are so many benefits of drinking water first thing upon waking, just a few include cell renewal, lymphatic system balancing, colon purification, and weight loss. However, adding lemon essential oil to one’s water can increase the benefits with just one drink.
Best morning drink ever!
Caution: When using essential oils, make sure to use high-grade essential oils. With lemon, make sure it is labeled for consumption. Remember, a little goes a long way when it comes to oils. Some sensitivity can occur when using essential oils, so consult a doctor if a problem does develop.