Lemon water is one of the easiest things you can add to your health regimen. It tastes great, freshens breath, lightens acne scaring, brightens skin, and has quite a few health promoting benefits. You can even use the leftover lemon peels to clean the garbage disposal! Lemon is pretty handy to have around.
10 Reasons You Should Drink Lemon Water
Here’s some of it’s amazing benefits:
1. Makes Water Taste Better
Squeezing a bit of fresh lemon into your morning glass of water sure does make it more appetizing! I have always found it difficult to drink water first thing in the AM because it just doesn’t sound very good to me. Add a bit of lemon and turn your boring glass of water into something healthful and more interesting!
2. Rehydrates your Body
Naturally occurring salts (about 2mg per 1 cup), potassium, and electrolytes in fresh lemon juice are really good at rehydrating your body after a long night’s sleep.
3. Supports Immunity and Health
Everyone knows that vitamin C helps keep you from catching a cold, and lemons have a lot of it. ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice contains 28mg of vitamin c, that’s about ¼ the daily recommended amount of vitamin c per day needed for adults. (get Vitamin C supplements here)
Lemons are also high in potassium, an essential nutrient that stimulates and supports brain and nerve function. Potassium is also essential for controlling and balancing blood pressure levels. (get Potassium here)
Supporting immunity with natural sources of vitamin c like drinking a nice big glass of lemon water daily, will keep your immune system functioning properly. This means that breakouts will become less likely because your immune system won’t overreact with acne causing bacteria.
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4. Alkalizes the Body
One of the most important reasons for drinking lemon water is that it alkalizes the body. This may seem a bit counterintuitive sense lemons themselves are very acidic, however, when metabolized, lemon juice becomes alkaline in the body. This alkalinity is important to help prevent illness, yeast overgrowth, and bone loss.
5. Balances PH
Sense most of us eat a highly acidic diet that includes processed foods, high amounts of sugar, and high amounts of caffeine, our bodies tend to be acidic. An over acidic body is known as metabolic acidosis, a condition that can cause a bunch of unpleasant issues like candida, fatigue, brain fog, and various illnesses.
Eating more alkalizing foods everyday like fresh fruits and vegetables will also help your body keep its proper PH. Balancing your body’s PH levels is important for good health and lemon water can definitely help with that!
Don’t know what your PH is to begin with? Try out these PH strips.
6. Digestive Tonic
Drinking lemon water, especially warm lemon water, in the morning will kick start digestion. If you have ever had trouble going to the bathroom, then this is your answer as it relieves constipation.
Warm lemon water is an effective diuretic and will help flush waste and toxins from the body within an hour after drinking it. If it doesn’t, try drinking another glass to further stimulate digestion.
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7. Detoxes the Liver
Lemons and other citrus contain a high amount of citrus bioflavonoids. These flavanols cleanse and detox the liver as well as help promote the production of hydrochloric acid, one of the most important aspects needed for synthesizing proteins, activating digestive enzymes, microorganism control in the foods we eat, and proper mineral absorption.
Lemon juice also encourages the liver to produce bile, the acid needed for the digestion of fats. So drink up 30 min before a meal to stimulate optimum digestion.
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8. Clears Skin and Keeps it Youthful
Lemon water is also very cleansing for the blood which helps keep skin clear! Vitamin C in lemons is also anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and promotes the formation of collagen, the protein responsible for the skin’s youthful appearance, pliability, resilience to aging, and durability. It also happens to an effective natural acne treatment both topically and internally healing acne faster and preventing hyper-pigmentation and scarring.
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9. Helps Kick Bad Habits
Drinking lemon water in the morning can help kick your coffee or tea habit by hydrating, invigorating, and stimulating the body. I find that if I drink lemon water first thing in the morning, I hardly ever feel the need to drink my morning tea because the lemon water wakes me up and curbs the craving for caffeine.
10. Improves Overall Health
Incorporating lemon water into your health routine is a simple, tasty, and convenient way to improve health and feel good! It relieves congestion in the lungs, relieves constipation, cleanses the blood, optimizes liver function, purges toxins from the body, and clears your skin! Pretty nifty stuff from just a little lemon eh?
Should you Drink Lemon Water Hot or Cold?
I believe that it is best to drink lemon water warm. Drinking it cold, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, can shock and stress our digestive system. It’s much easier for your body to process food and water that is closer to body temperature.
I recommend drinking your lemon water warm in the AM and before meals for optimum results, though I do enjoy it cold throughout the day as a refreshing drink.
Suggested Use and Amount
I find that 1 whole juiced lemon in an 8 oz glass of water consumed within 20-30 minutes works best for me. If this is a bit too sour or pungent, try half a squeezed lemon in 8 oz of water. Over time you’ll find that you’ll be able to drink more and more lemon in you water till you reach the amount that suits you best. I don’t think anything less than a ¼ squeezed lemon with work as effectively, so try to use ¼ of a lemon or more if you can.
Concerned About Your Teeth?
Here’s a simple solution: drink your lemon water through a straw! Though I’s said that the acid content of 1 lemon squeezed in 8oz of water has little effect on your enamel, there are those out there with sensitive teeth. If you don’t like the thought of using a regular straw, check out these glass straws.
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