Published: November 14, 2016
Last Updated: January 2024
Why Do People Avoid Drinking Warm Lemon Water Before Bed?
Some people might be resistant to drinking warm lemon water before bed.
The obvious reason for this is they don’t want to need to go to the toilet more often when they should be sleeping.
The best remedy for this is to drink water at least 1.5 hours before you sleep as this is the average length of time it takes for water to pass through your system.
Another way around this is to drink the warm lemon water as soon as you wake up as this will also help you reap some of the benefits mentioned in this post.
If you really want to spruce up your warm water add a slice of lemon, small wedge of ginger and pinch of salt.
What Are The Benefits of Drinking Hot or Warm Water Before Bed?
Before talking about why you should drink warm lemon water before bed, let’s look at step 1, which is warm water.
Warm water is one of the most powerful ways to remedy and reduce digestive problems
It also encourages your body to sweat more, which cleanses your lymphatic system as well as improving your complexion.
Drinking warm water flushes your urinary tract which is important because it helps your body rid itself of unwanted toxins.
Let’s now take a closer look at the main health benefits of drinking hot or at least warm water with lemon
Health Benefits Of Drinking Warm Lemon Water Before Bed
Here are some of the most surprising benefits of drinking warm lemon water before bed.
1. Hot Lemon Water Aids Weight Loss.
I have talked about how water is effective at helping you with weight loss many times in this blog.
Also, there are many different academic studies support this approach as an effective way to help shed those extra pounds.
First of all this works because hot water breaks down the fat deposits in your body, which ultimately results in weight loss.
Drinking extra water also helps you eat less food overall. Adding lemon to hot water makes these results even more pronounced.
Why? Because lemon contains pectin fiber, which is something that helps your body control food craving.
2. Warm Water Cleanses And Purifies Your Body
As has already been mentioned, one of the key benefits of drinking warm lemon water before bed is it is very good at helping your body to cleanse itself.
Your body is very good at attracting lots of toxins. This can be from your immediate environment, from food and a multitude of many other elements.
If you are someone who is suffering from poor digestion then some warm water will help with this.
Remember that this also applies to other citrus heavy fruits like lime, lime juice or even lemon tea.
Drinking warm water before bed will help your body clear out unwanted toxins. The cleansing process also has a positive impact on your digestive tract, muscles and even your skin.
3. Warm Lemon Water Helps With Constipation.
Constipation occurs when you don’t have enough fiber in your diet.
If you have constipation then your first point of call is to add more fiber to your diet.
The next thing is to drink more water because it will help your digestive system. Drink glasses of warm water during the day ideally on an empty stomach.
A glass of hot or warm water on an empty stomach (especially when you wake up in the morning) has been shown to improve bowel movements and help with constipation.
Additionally, warm and hot water in your diet will break down food particles making it easier to digest and pass through your intestines.
4. Warm Lemon Water Increases Sweating.
This might not seem like a good thing and the vast majority of us don’t necessarily want to sweat. However, whether you want to believe it or not, sweating is good for you.
This can lead to healthier beautiful looking skin. Consuming warm or hot water will lead to your sweating more, which is a good thing.
5. Warm Lemon Water is Good For Cough And Colds.
If you suffer from a cough or cold and have irritation in your throat then warm water will help sooth this.
Hot/warm water will liquefy and dissolve thick phlegm in your throat and ultimately help get it out of your system.
Lemon is rich in vitamin C which is also good with colds so drinking lemon water before bed is a good idea.
6. Warm Lemon Water Improves Blood Circulation.
One of the biggest advantages of drinking warm water is that it improves your blood circulation.
The fat deposits in you body burns and breaks down when you drink hot water. This leads to improved blood circulation.
7. Warm/Hot Water Reduces Body Pain.
There is a reason why people in England turn to a hot cup of tea in the face of crises. Drinking a hot beverage relaxes and soothes your body.
For instance, drinking hot water can help with menstrual cramps, some forms of stomach pain.
Ideally, hot water is more effective than warm water when it comes to relaxing the body especially when in pain.
If getting access to hot water is too much work for you then try a hot water bottle.
How To Drink More Water Everyday
A healthy person needs about 2 to 4 litres of water each day depending on your gender, body weight and level of physical activity. I have previously written a post which includes a “how much water I should drink a day calculator“.
The big challenge is to meet your daily water intake target so here are some quick ideas to help improve your general water consumption:
Download an app that will help you track how much water you drink a day, schedule reminders and tracks your progress. I have written a blog post which reviews the best drink water reminder apps available today.
When you know how much water you should drink a day, buy a container that will hold that much water. One good way to do this it to buy a water filter jug that can contain the right amount of water for you. Once you have this in place then only drink from that jug through out the day. This will allow you to visually monitor your daily water in take and see how much water you have left to go.
Add more water to your diet by adding it to routines that already exist in your diet. For example, drink a full glass of water after every time you brush your teeth and before you eat a meal.
Conclusion: Why Drink Warm Lemon Water Before Bed?
It helps with circulation, your digestion and helps your body remove toxins.
Lemon contains pectin fiber, which is something that helps your body control food craving.
Adding it to warm water compounds its benefits. It is also rich in vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant.
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