Living healthier means making overall changes to your lifestyle.
For instance, you should drink lemon water.
It's a small change that creates a huge impact!
If you’re concerned with weight loss...
Going to the gym twice a week won't make much difference unless you pair it with a balanced diet.
It may sound difficult to change everything in your daily routine all at once...
...but if you take things one step at a time, you should be able to make the transition smooth and pleasant.
One of the best changes you could make today is to start drinking lemon water.
Lemons have lots of beneficial properties for the body, so they will make a great addition to your menu.
Why we know lemon is good
Lemons contain high concentrations of vitamin C and can be a good source of Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium.
Yet there are so many more benefits to lemons, such as improving the body’s overall health and good looks.
Among other things, lemon water helps protect your immune system.
It has anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties, and can aid the digestive system.
Especially if you drink it in the morning on an empty stomach.
How to drink lemon water
The simplest way of adding lemon to your diet is to extract the lemon juice.
Then dilute it in warm or room-temperature water, and consume it at your convenience.
Warm lemon water can be a good replacement for tea or coffee in the morning, and perhaps even easier to prepare.
Not only that, but warm water is absorbed more efficiently by the body.
Lemon juice contains about 6% citric acid, so diluting it helps protect the teeth’s enamel.
Note that although lemons are acidic by nature, they actually have alkalizing properties when broken down by digestion.
So consuming reasonable amounts is very recommendable for maintaining the natural pH balance of the stomach.
Squeeze half of a lemon, and dilute the resulting lemon juice in a glass of water.
Lemon water is not lemonade, so don’t add sugar to the mix!
If you want some extra flavor, add ginger, a few fresh leaves of mint, or some other herb that pleases your palate.
Are you ready to start drinking lemon water? Here are 22 reasons to convince you of the healthy properties of lemons!
Reasons to Drink Lemon Water
1. It benefits the digestive system
As I mentioned above, the citric acid in lemons breaks down to have alkaline properties in the stomach, which in turn makes bowel movement easier.
Other enzymes found in lemons stimulate the production of gastric juice that makes for smooth digestion.
For instance, there are numerous correlations between alleviating IBS or acid reflux, and the consumption of acidic fruits and vegetables.
Lemon water will reduce bloating and belching, and help you eliminate alleviate constipation or diarrhea.
Many digestive ailments like these can actually be related to deficiencies in stomach acids, but determining that with accuracy requires a trip to the doctor’s to test your stomach pH.
2. Warm water has natural digestive properties
Lots of people drink warm lemon water due of the benefits of warm water on its own.
Drinking one or two glasses of warm water in the morning helps boost activity in the body, including the digestive system, thus giving you smooth bowel functions.
One of the reasons warm water is beneficial in the morning may be that the body gets dehydrated during the night, and water is absorbed more efficiently at a warmer temperature.
Some people find it less pleasant to drink simple warm or lukewarm water, but by adding a bit of lemon juice, you prepare a delicious beverage that energizes your whole body.
3. It is good for the liver
The cleansing properties of lemon are well-known, but how to they actually occur?
Lemon stimulates the production of enzymes in the liver, which has the function of eliminating the body’s toxins.
That doesn’t actually mean that lemons will be the revelation others claim it is, but the benefits are there.
Lemons and other fruits can help detoxify the liver to some extent, and the fact that they help digestion means the liver doesn’t have to work as hard.
Lemon water will simply boost the natural performance of your liver, which is also a result of staying hydrated.
4. It is an electrolyte drink that hydrates your body
Electrolytes are minerals (salts) that regulate levels of hydration in the body.
Many athletes drink electrolyte-based drinks to replenish with energy and stay hydrated after an intense workout.
Muscle tissue is an electric tissue of the body and electrolyte activity is what stimulates this tissue.
That’s why consuming electrolyte drinks prevents muscle spasms after exercise.
The calcium, potassium and magnesium in lemons are electrolytes that hydrate the body. So if you exercise, Lemon water is a natural electrolyte drink that restores body salts.
To boost your electrolyte drink, add more types of citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits), and a bit of salt. However, this may counteract other properties of lemon water.
5. Lemon water helps your brain
Neurons are electric tissue too, and their well-functioning is partly reliant on electrolyte activity in the body.
As such, lemon water is not only an energizing drink for the body, but for the mind as well.
Lemons improve oxygen absorption, thus aiding brain function.
So whether you’re a student cramming for tests or have a taxing job, adding lemon to your diet can raise your energy levels throughout the day.
6. It can prevent hypertension
Drinking warm lemon water can normalize blood pressure levels.
So if you suffer from hypertension, drinking one glass of lemon water every day can lower high blood pressure.
The science behind it is that the Vitamin C and other components from lemons help keep blood vessels lean and soft, thus allowing for free blood flow.
Warm lemon water can also help prevent heart failure, so drink one glass of it every morning on an empty stomach. Don’t add any sugar or salt if you want to make the best of it.
7. It has natural skin cleansing properties
We want to feel good on the inside, but look well on the outside, too. Lemons can hydrate the body not only internally, but externally too.
The Vitamin C in lemons keeps your skin elastic and luminous, thus delaying wrinkle formation. Its detoxifying properties help prevent skin blemishes such as acne.
One glass of water with lemon juice will keep your skin healthy and better prepared to resist environmental factors.
You can exploit the entire lemon by using lemon rind in natural skin treatments. Lemon peel contains essential oils that rehydrate dry skin, and when combined with the lemon juice, can be used as face washes that combat acne and purify the skin.
8. It protects the respiratory tract
Have you noticed that most sore throat remedies contain lemon, whether they’re pharmaceutical or home-made natural treatments?
That’s because lemon has anti-inflammatory properties, so it helps fight throat infections, alleviate swollen tonsils, and boosts the immune system.
Vitamin C is again the reason why lemons are a good treatment in curing a common cold, but you may also prevent them by consuming lemon juice daily!
9. It encourages the production of bile
Lemon water will stimulate the production of bile. This is another essential secretion in the proper running of your digestive system.
Bile is secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder to be released in the duodenum during digestion.
This is the direct effect of lemon water on digestion. Drink lemon water so you won’t feel bloated after meals.
10. It could reduce stress
The lemon has a distinct scent, which is why it’s used in the perfume industry or aromatherapy. But aromatherapy isn’t the only reason why lemons can reduce stress.
Indeed, studies have shown that even smelling fresh fruit like lemons, oranges or grapefruits can increase positive feelings, but it’s the Vitamin C in lemons that stimulates the adrenal gland in a positive way.
11. Lemon water is good for the joints
Earlier in the article, I mentioned that lemon is good for the muscles and neurons, but the fact is it’s helpful for the joints as well.
Not only good for maintaining muscle elasticity, lemon juice assists in reducing joint pains, whether or not they’re related to exercise.
If you have articulation problems like rheumatism or gout, drinking one glass of lemon water every day can reduce discomfort and make your body feel better overall. This is related to its anti-inflammatory properties, as it reduces uric acid.
12. It helps maintain a good weight
Pectin fiber found in lemons has been known as an agent that can restrain hunger cravings.
So if you have the tendency to snack in between meals drink lemon water.
It can eliminate those urges and help you stay on track with a balanced diet.
Fibers are also good for digestion, and if your food is well digested, then the body processes it better and weight gain is prevented. Not only that, but highly alkaline diets have been tied to weight loss.
13. It can relieve heartburn
Bad digestion can also lead to heartburn, so you could say that including lemons in your diet protects the heart.
I’ve already mentioned how it can prevent heart failure and keep blood vessels flexible, and the same components in lemon are also a good aide with heartburn.
One glass of lemon water a day keeps the heartburn at bay!
14. It is good for your eyesight
By now, you’ve started to gauge the many benefits that Vitamin C, found abundantly in lemons, has for the human body.
Another adjacent property is that it can prevent eye infections by killing microorganisms and bacteria in the body.
We’ve talked about how lemons are good for the metabolism, and one way it does that is by preventing eye conditions such as cataracts.
But our eyes come into contact with bacteria all the time, and a strong body helped by lemon will fight them off and prevent them from turning into serious eye conditions.
15. Lemon water helps pass kidney stones, pancreatic stones and gallstones
Gallstones, kidney stones, or pancreatic stones have a negative effect on the body, preventing it from functioning properly.
Drink lemon water every day can help the body pass small stones. Even just one glass!
It flushes out organisms and restores normal functions.
Lemon juice can dissolve calcium deposits, so it can also help dissolve small stones.
It won’t perform marvels in serious cases, but it helps with nutritional deficiencies and can help prevent gallbladder infections. Moreover, a lack of citrate in urine has been tied to kidney stones, so drinking lemon water may help prevent them.
16. It could prevent cancer
We all have cancer cells in our bodies, but for most people they never activate. Since lemon is an antioxidant, it can help kill cancer cells, thus reducing the risk of cancer formation.
Lemon prevents the buildup of free radicals which have been shown to cause cancer.
So while it may not be a miracle drug, lemon water can once again prove to be an important ally in maintaining the health of your body.
17. It can prevent asthma
As you know by now, some of the properties found in lemons protect the respiratory system and are anti-inflammatory.
But did you know that lemon consumption can also prevent asthma?
Asthma can be hereditary, so if it’s been in your family, you can avoid developing it by drinking lemon water.
Increase your intake to two glasses during the colder seasons.
18. It can increase the absorption of minerals
Lowered levels of iron in the body can lead to anemia. Yet consuming foods that are rich in Vitamin C can help increase the absorption of iron from other foods.
Lemons do have traces of iron in them, but what they’re best for is helping you absorb it from other foods that are truly rich in iron.
19. It has cleansing/detoxifying properties
As mentioned before, drinking lemon water can cleanse the body of unwanted materials that the body couldn’t process.
So while it must be stressed that there is no such thing as an actual cleansing of the body, lemons and their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, as well as its character as a diuretic and digestive, will help your body eliminate toxins more efficiently.
20. Drinking lemon water in the morning improves vitamin absorption
Because you’re feeding the body the vitamins found in lemons on an empty stomach while hydrating it with water, you’re allowing it to absorb them better and in a larger quantity.
Since Vitamin C is so important for maintaining the health of your body, you want to ensure your natural intake is as good as possible.
21. It makes your teeth stronger
Because it contains plenty of calcium, the lemon will fortify your bones and teeth.
It may sound counterintuitive since the citric acid can damage tooth enamel, but that’s why you dilute the lemon juice in water.
The fortification comes from within, from ingesting the lemon juice.
To better avoid damaging enamel, drink one glass of pure water after drinking the lemon water.
22. Lemon water can slow down hemorrhages
Dilute lemon juice in water as cold as you can tolerate, and it will stop small hemorrhages.
Vitamin P, which is actually one of the many existing flavonoids, strengthens the blood vessels and hampers internal hemorrhage.
Women can also use it in case of prolonged menstrual cycles, or to slow down menstrual hemorrhages.
Use organic lemons that have ripened in a tree if you can, and drink one or two glasses of lemon water every day.
Ideally, you should use about half a lemon for each glass of water, but you can use less, or more if you can take the sourness.
Pick your lemons carefully. The heavier they are, the more pulp you will find inside, and the concentration of vitamins and minerals will be higher.
There are so many uses to lemon, and those for our diet are just a part of them.
As you’ve read, lemon juice and its compounds are good for boosting the immune system and keep the metabolism strong.
It also helps the digestive system function normally, maintains your weight, prevents or treats common colds, and last but not least, it gives you beautiful skin!
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