If you keep up to date with health blogs, you’ve probably noticed a rising trend in lemon water.
In fact, many health gurus and wellness coach recommend it daily. But what does lemon water really do?
Here are 5 good reasons to drink lemon water.
When you wake up from a goodnight’s sleep, it’s not uncommon to have a dry mouth and throat. While you sleep, your body tries to retain as much water as possible, making your urine more saturated with toxins.
Despite your body’s best efforts, your cells often become dehydrated by the time you wake up, which is one of the main causes for grogginess.
Getting into the habit of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning rehydrates your cells and gets rid of toxins that have accumulated in your kidneys overnight.
2. Immune System Boost
Lemons are full of vitamin C, which works with other micronutrients to support normal immune response (1,2). Lemons are also have antibacterial and antiviral compound that help your body fight infection (3).
In fact, another ingredient found in lemons, citric acid, may prevent the highly contagious norovirus from infecting humans (4).
Lemons are a rich sources of antioxidants. These antioxidants fight free radical damage to prevent damage to your cells. (5,6).
Limonoids, a specific antioxidant only found in citrus fruits, is even proven to fight cancer by inhibiting tumour growth (7).
4. Relieves Inflammation
Due to its alkalizing effect, lemons have the ability to relieve inflammatory conditions like gout by flushing out uric acid from your body. It can also prevent inflammation caused by edema, a condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body (8).
5. Detoxifies Your Liver
Lemons contain naringenin and eriocitrin, two powerful antioxidants that protect the liver from inflammation and damage (9).
Water also boosts metabolism and flushes out toxins in your liver, helping you lose weight (10).
Bonus: Wakes You Up!
Lemons contain potassium, which helps with brain and nerve function, including communication between nerves (11). Staying hydrated also boosts your mood, keeps you focussed and wards off fatigue.
The best way to form a new habit is to give yourself a goal and follow through. To get the best benefits, try drinking lemon water every day for a month. You’ll get hooked!
All you need to do is squeeze half a lemon in a cup of warm or hot water.
To make it even healthier, dash a little organic lemon peel to the mix. You can also add a bit of honey to make it easier to swallow.
Drink Lemon Water for 28-Days!
WARNING: Read This Before You Start Drinking Lemon Water!
Like many other citrus fruits, lemon erodes the enamel part of your teeth. However, there are ways to prevent this from happening. Here’s what you can do:
- Always brush your teeth before you drink your lemon water. This will help your gums salivate and add a protective layer over your teeth. NEVER, brush your teeth right after consuming acidic foods. Acid softens enamel, so brushing right after drinking is a bad idea.
- Drink another glass of water after you drink the lemon water.
- You can also drink through a stainless steel straw to avoid direct contact.
- Drink the lemon water in one go, rather than sipping on it for long periods of time.