Whenever I got sick as a kid, I would drink tons of lemon water – that is, water with freshly squeezed lemon juice – to reap all the many curative benefits of vitamin C. I used to drink lemon water hot, but since this destroys the vitamin C, I now make it with either lukewarm water (which is easier on the stomach) or cold water, depending on my mood. As for the amount of juice I use, that’s also variable: sometimes it’s half a lemon for 200 ml of water, sometimes it’s an entire lemon for one liter of water. Just try it out and see what you like best!

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But lemon water isn’t just great for colds: it also wakes us up and keeps us alert and fit. When we’re asleep, we get can get a bit “dried out,” and flooding our body with water replenishes and rehydrates our cells and flushes toxins from the body. I usually have a cup of lemon water in the morning, followed by some green tea. I’ll also bring lemon water along when I go to train or sip it throughout the day (Infused Water is also great for this!).

Experienced lemon water drinkers may also consider adding cayenne pepper or even chili powder to their lemon water: both stimulate circulation, promote digestion, and generate heat in the body. Try drinking lemon water (with or without pepper) every day for at least one week to get the benefits.

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Lemon water with chili threads*

Lemon water is guaranteed to wake you up and is a super healthy way to kick off the day! :-)

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