Packed with tons of natural goodness, lemon water is a great source of citric acid, vitamin A and B, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.
Drinking a glass of freshly squeezed lemon water first thing in the morning, 15 to 30 minutes before breakfast is one of the best things you can do for yourself. You’ll get all kinds of health and beauty benefits, from more gorgeous skin to stronger bones and teeth.
How to prepare your lemon water: Since lemon juice can be hard on tooth enamel, make sure it’s diluted in water — preferably warm. If you weigh more than 150 lbs. use an entire lemon’s juice, otherwise use half a lemon’s juice. You can dilute the lemon juice as much or as little as you want, depending on your personal taste.
Ready to get your lemon boost? Here are the benefits you will get:
1. Immune system boost
Vitamin C boosts our immune system. It is also the best ammo for the common cold.
The vitamin A in lemon juice flushes out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function and stimulating your liver.
3. Aids digestion
Lemons increase peristalsis in the bowels, helping to create regular bowel movement. Potassium in lemons helps fight bloating and indigestion too.
4. Helps in weight loss
Lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings.
5. Smooth skin
The antioxidants, antiseptics and antibacterial actions in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles as well.
6. Helps in liver function
Lemon water helps your liver to produce more bile to aid in the digestion of fats, especially if you’re planning a big breakfast fry up.
7. Anti cancerous
Limonoid glucoside is a flavonoid in lemons that some research has shown may have anti-carcinogenic properties offering lasting protection against cancer.
8. Energy production and metabolism
Lemon water has vitamin B6 and riboflavin (vitamin B2), which is essential for cellular processes like energy production, tissue repair and renewal.
9. Strong bones and teeth
Minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium found in lemon help build strong bones and teeth.
10. Circulatory system
Blood vessels are strengthened by the vitamin P (bioflavonoids) in lemon thus protecting against internal hemorrhage. It is also useful in treating high blood pressure.
11. Breath freshener
Lemon is a natural breath freshener. It also helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis.
12. Reduces inflammation
Lemon water helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid. It also protects against rheumatoid arthritis.
13. Treats scurvy
Lemon has been used for centuries to treat scurvy, which is caused by severe deficiency of vitamin C.
14. Removes stones
The citric acid in lemon juice helps to dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits and kidney stones.
15. Eye health
The symptoms of eye disorders, including diabetic retinopathy have been shown in research to improve due to the rutin found in lemons.
16. Coffee substitute
Replace coffee with a cup of hot lemon water to feel refreshed and perky without the jitters.
17. PH balance
Lemon juice balances the pH levels in the body as the high mineral content of lemons makes them alkalizing to the body, despite their citric acid.
18. Decreases mucus
Lemon water is also thought to decrease the amount of mucus and phlegm produced in the body especially if you are big on dairy.
19. Cure for sore throat
The antibacterial properties of lemon can help in curing a throat infection. Sip on a glass of warm lemon water every couple of hours to fix a sore throat.
20. Stress control
Lemon and even the scent of lemons have a calming effect on your nervous system!
Do you know of any other benefits of drinking lemon water? Share them below.
Health & Wellness March 6, 2015