Lemon water every morning – are you up for the challenge? Check out these Top 10 health benefits of lemon water!
1. Aids in digestion & detoxification
Lemon juice’s atomic structure is very similar to the digestive juices found in the stomach. It tricks the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving through your body and gastrointestinal tract smoothly. Lemon water also helps relieve digestion or ease an upset stomach.
*What is bile? Bile is a fluid that is made and released by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Bile helps with digestion. It breaks down fats into fatty acids, which can be taken into the body by the digestive tract.
2. Great source of Vitamin C
Fact: Your body does not produce vitamin C on its own and it is very important to get enough of it from the foods and drinks you ingest to help maintain a healthy diet. Lemon’s contain a great source of vitamin C that will help your body stimulate white cell production which is vital for your immune system to function properly.
3. Boosts energy and mood!
I know it may be difficult at times but try skipping your morning cup of coffee and drink a glass of lemon water instead. Lemon water can boost energy levels without the caffeine crash you get mid-day. When negative-charged ions like those found in lemons, enter your digestive tract, the result is an increase in energy levels.
4. Rejuvenates skin and body healing
Lemon water contains antioxidants that fight damage caused by free radicals, keeping your skin looking fresh. It also helps your body produce collagen, essential in smoothing out lines and wrinkles in the face. It also can be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will keep your skin blemish-free and maintain your skins radiance.
5. Weight loss
That’s right! Regularly sipping on lemon water helps you shed those unwanted and most certainly unneeded pounds. Lemon water contains pectin, a type of fiber that is commonly found in fruits. Pectin helps you feel full longer.
6. Excellent source of Potassium
Lemons are high in potassium which is good for your heart health, as well as brain and nerve function.
7. Freshens your breath
Not only does lemon water help freshen your breath, it also relieves toothaches and gingivitis! Keep your breath sweeter by drinking lemon water first thing in the morning and after meals. Lemon is thought to stimulate saliva and water helps prevent a dry mouth which can lead to bad breath caused by excess bacteria growth.
8. Reduces inflammation
Drinking water on a regular day basis will decrease the acidity in your body, which is where disease states occur. It removes uric acid in your joints which is one of the main causes of inflammation.
9. Helps fight viral infections
Warm lemon water is the most effective way to diminish viral infections and sore throats. With lemon juice also boosting your immune system, you’ll feel better in no time.
10. Non-toxic cleaner
That’s right. Take full advantage of lemon juice and use it to clean your counters, stove tops, scrub grills and grates and soak plastic food storage containers to remove odor and stains.
Lemon juice is high in citric acid and is known to be one of the best natural cleaners due to its low pH levels and antibacterial properties. Lemons also smell great and are not likely to cause damage to materials around what you are cleaning like fabric and wood. Put a dilute solution of lemon juice in a spay bottle to clean, rinse with warm soapy water and dry afterwards!
What are people saying about lemon water?
“I didn’t believe this until I tried it, but replacing my morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water has really done wonders! I feel refreshed, and no longer have to deal with that pesky afternoon crash. Plus, my nerves are thankful.” – Krissy Brady (Women’s Health and lifestyle writer)
“I drink tons of water! When you’re puffy, you think you can’t drink water since you feel more bloated and gross but that’s what you do to get toxins out of your system. I put a little lemon in the water bottle that I carry around with me or drink a cup of hot water with lemon. It’s a natural diuretic.” – Kate Walsh
“I’ll give you my routine, my morning ritual: I get up, I do a bit of stretching and then after showering and everything, I have half a cup of warm lemon water. I’ve been doiing that forever. I love it. It just brightens everything for me.” -Grace Hightower
Sources: The Benefits of Lemon Water by Dr. Axe – Food Is Medicine ;11 Benefits of Lemon Water you Didn’t Know About by Krissy Brady – Life Hacks ;Benefits of Lemon Water – Health line ;24 Things You Can Clean with Lemon by Cris Carl – Networx