10 Amazing Health Benefits of Lemon Water
Many people have sworn by lemon water for years – but why? After we show you how to prepare your own lemon water – we will take a closer look at the most common health benefits.
Prepare your lemon water by using filtered water, with the juice of half a lemon if you are 150 pounds or less, or a whole lemon if you weigh 150 pounds or more. Drink the water first thing in the morning when you wake up, unless you have just brushed your teeth. Don’t swallow or chew the seeds.
You can always add more or less lemon juice to suite your personal tastes. While it may feel more refreshing to ensure the water is ice cold, many swear by using room temperature water so you do not shock your digestive system. Use fresh lemon juice, as concentrate typically contains sulfite preservatives that you may reactive negatively to.
Fresh lemon water, especially when you drink it first thing after you wake up in the morning can help prevent or relieve a number of digestive issues including gas, bloating, and heartburn. Overall, you will experience better digestion in general. It can also make it easier to eliminate your waste, without causing the extremes of diarrhea or constipation.
The nutrients in lemon can help the liver produce more bile. With more bile, you can more easily digest fats. As such, a glass of lemon water can be helpful after you have eaten a heavy dinner the night before, or for when you are planning a hefty breakfast.
Cleanse the Liver, Kidneys, and Blood
Drinking a glass of lemon water in the morning can help flush toxins from the body by improving enzyme function. Their powerful antiseptic properties will make you feel better over time, to provide you with more energy.
Lemons contain a flavonoid compound, limonoid glucosides. Some research indicates this compound may have anticarcinogenic properties, and those properties live in the body longer than many other natural anticarcinogenic compounds.
Lemons contain natural antibacterial properties that can help you cure throat infections. If you have a sore throat, simply heat up your lemon water, and sip it slowly. Drink it over the course of a couple of hours. However, if you make a habit of drinking lemon water every day, you are much less likely to get a sore throat in the first place.
Reduce Bad Breath
The lemon water will help kill bacteria that causes bad breath in the morning. Drink a glass either first thing in the morning before you brush your teeth, or wait a while after you drink it to brush your teeth. This will reduce the potentially harmful effects of the citric acid on your tooth enamel. Lemon water can help relieve toothaches and gingivitis, too.
Improve Your Skin
The antioxidants, vitamin C in particularly help to decrease wrinkles and blemishes. If you have issues with scars and/or age spots, you can apply lemon juice directly to those spots. With repeated use, the appearance of scars and age spots will fade. Since the lemon juice helps to detoxify the blood, it helps to maintain skin’s radiant appearance.
Boost Your Immune System
The high vitamin C content in lemons provides the vitamin C our immune systems need to stay strong. When you’re stressed, vitamin C is one of the first thing your system gets rid of to cope with it – so that is why you are more likely to experience illness during and after particularly stressful times in your life. Experts recommend taking an extra vitamin C supplement on especially stressful days. However, drinking lemon water on a regular basis can help keep the vitamin C levels up without resorting to supplements.
Give Your Body a Potassium Infusion
In addition to the high vitamin C content, lemons are also high in potassium. This nutrient is good for heart health, brain function, and nerve function, as well. Having enough potassium in your system can help keep your blood pressure low, fight against stroke, kidney disorders, and stress and anxiety.
Potassium deficiency is more common than most people realize, and can be a major cause of fatigue, muscle weakness, anemia, inactive reflexes, and severe headaches. Those who do not have enough potassium in their bodies may also experience glandular swelling, high blood pressure, diabetes, and intestinal pain.
Break Your Caffeine Habit
It may not really seem like lemon water would be a viable replacement for the morning cup of coffee, but over time, it can be! If you get into the habit of drinking a glass of lemon water every morning, you should start to see an increase in your energy levels, so you feel refreshed without having to lean on coffee, energy drinks, soda, or caffeine pills to get you through the day. Plus, with the lemon water, you will not have to deal with the afternoon crash, nervous jitters, or insomnia.
May Assist with Weight Loss
The pectin fiber in lemons can help you fight off cravings and keep you from overeating. However, this is not a miracle weight loss solution. More research needs to be done, and you will obviously need to do your part to reduce the fatty foods you are eating. But, when coupled with a healthy balanced diet and exercise routine, you may see more results than you would without it.
If you do not particularly like the citrus tang of the lemon water, add a bit of local or raw honey to sweeten it a bit. Be careful, because too much sugar will reduce the benefits of drinking the lemon water. Just drink the lemon water like a shot, and it should not be too much of a problem. If you are worried about the citric acid harming the enamel on your teeth, simply follow your glass of lemon water with a glass of regular water. Swish it around your mouth a bit to rinse.
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