Nothing beats the refreshing taste of lemon squeezed into water. It’s a habit many recommend as the way to start each day. It’s also a concept others believe isn’t as healthy as it sounds.
Let’s take a look at why lemons are one of nature’s finest fruits and whether adding it to water is really going to put you on the road to a healthy lifestyle.
What’s in a lemon?
Lemons are full of nutrients. There’s vitamin C, B-complex, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. Amazingly too, lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes!
So why are lemons not always such a popular fruit? It’s simple. Lemon juice can weaken or damage the enamel on our teeth. The trick then to getting hold of these nutrients, safely, is to dilute it with water. And if you go by the advice from many, adding lemon to water and drinking it first thing in the morning will see you reaping many of the benefits lemon water provides.
Benefits of lemon water
1. Reduces inflammation
Lemon water helps decrease the acidity in your body. It’s the presence of acidity, which attracts disease and inflammation.
2. Improves digestion
Lemon water is helpful in relieving symptoms of indigestion including heartburn and bloating as it encourages healthy digestion by moving toxins through your body.
3. Weight loss
Even a few sips of lemon water helps to fight cravings for food and can help reduce appetite. And if you are looking for a way to reduce your caffeine intake, starting the day with a glass of warm water and lemon is a fabulous alternative.
4. Improves skin conditions
Lemon juice contains lots of nutrients and antioxidants. Applying it to skin as a topical treatment too can help to decrease the presence of blemishes and also helps with fine lines and wrinkles. Aged spots and scars also benefit from lemon juice.
5. Boost your immunity
There’s nothing like a boost of nutrients and vitamins to boost your immune system. When you are feeling low or stressed, a good dose of Vitamin C can work wonders.
6. Natural breath freshener
So if your breath is not as fresh as you’d like and you are seeking a natural remedy, a glass of water with lemon added will do the trick. Just remember that because the citric acid in lemons can erode the enamel on our teeth, avoid brushing for at least 30 minutes.
So when you are looking for a drink to quench your thirst and plain water does not sound appetizing, consider adding a squeeze of lemon into your glass. It’s healthier than a store bought drink laced with sugar, and because it has zero calories, it’s going to be kind to your body. We all know how our bodies need to remain hydrated. Adding lemon to water will give you a healthy boost you are seeking.