Suddenly, everyone states to drink a glass of warm water with a squeeze of lemon after breakfast. Lemon water seems to be the new super-drink, which brings all sorts of health benefits to the body. Have you heard of it?
Everybody knows that lemons are huge suppliers of vitamin C. A lemon contains an average of 30 to 40 mg of vitamin C. But, what are the exact benefits that might make us exchange our beloved morning coffee for a glass of warm lemon water?
Here are 4 good reasons to, for once, go with the trend.
1. Lemon water detoxes and cleanses the body
Of course, it drives the urine when you drink a glass of water, but the citric acid in the lemon water aids your body to flush unwanted toxins. Citric acid improves the enzyme function in your body and stimulates the liver. Because the liver neutralizes the toxins, a glass of lemon water after a meal will significantly reduce the percentage of toxins in your body. Drink a glass after the meal, because many toxins are taken in by food.
2. Digest better with lemon water
Citrus flavonoids in lemon water improve your digestion. These citrus flavonoids inhibit certain fat syntheses and help the body to digest food. They also prevent fatty liver and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as insulin resistance. Citrus flavonoids also support the hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which decomposes the food. Further, lemon water improves the bacteria in the gut and has a positive effect on stomach upsets and indigestion.
3. Alkalize your body with lemon water
Alkalization means nothing else then, in this case, to neutralize the acids in your body. The body includes various acids which, like the hydrochloric acid in the stomach, perform important functions. Sometimes these acids can lead to adverse side effects, such as heartburn or indigestion. Lemon water helps your body to compensate for any hyperacidity.
Before you begin to treat yourself with lemon water, please speak with your doctor first to determine whether your body is really too acidic.
4. Reduction of wrinkles and a better complexion
Lemons contain many antioxidants to which anti-aging properties are attributed. One cause of aging is the free radicals which degrade the tissue in your body. Studies have shown that antioxidants that derive from plants reduce the breakdown of collagen fibers in the skin. The collagen fibers give your skin strength and structure and protect the skin from harmful toxins. Of course, you can also apply the lemon juice onto your skin. Mix lemon juice and water and dab it on your face with a cloth. Lemon juice is often used as a base for scrubs or masks.
Lemon water has many other advantages that I will only enumerate briefly. It is, for example, an energy boost in the morning, gives a fresher breath, assists with caffeine withdrawal and stimulates the brain activity ergo improves your ability to concentrate.
How do you make lemon water?
Fill a glass with warm water and cut a few slices of lemon into it. Make sure that you use organic lemons or unsprayed lemons. The peel contains many healthy ingredients. Use half a lemon daily if you weigh less than 150 pounds or a whole lemon if you weigh more.
And a few final notes:
- Avoid the lemon seeds. They contain a small amount of salicylic acid which appears in, for example, aspirin
- Lemon water is too diluted to harm your tooth enamel. Yet, if you want to be absolutely sure, drink the water through a straw.
I’m curious about your experience. What changes have you noticed about your body?