Most of us are familiar with the occasional slice of lemon in soda or water. Why not step it up a notch? Did you know that there are so many amazing health benefits to drinking lemon water?
To gain the most benefits of lemon juice, drink luke-warm water with lemon juice in the morning on an empty stomach.
Since pure lemon juice can be hard on the teeth enamel, it’s recommended to dilute it with water and to drink it with a straw (preferably a glass straw).
Why Drinking Lemon Water is Healthy
1. Improves digestion
The lemon juice aids digestion by soothing symptoms associated with heart burn, burping and bloating. It helps to remove toxins that have accumulated in the digestive tract. It also contains pectin fiber which is great for the colon and has antibacterial properties.
2. Helps the liver in detoxing the body
It helps to increase the functions of enzymes and stimulates the liver. Drinking luke-warm water on an empty stomach itself is great for digestion, and with the addition of lemon juice it helps in flushing out toxins in the body.
Author of Biological Ionization as Applied to Human Nutrition, A.F. Beddoe, writes that the liver can make more enzymes out of lemon juice than from any other juice or food. This is because lemon juice works as a natural strengthener for liver enzymes when they are too dilute and it helps to balance oxygen and calcium levels in the liver. This can improve blood oxygen levels.
3. Improves your skin
The anti-oxidants in lemon juice help to slow down aging by combatting the effects of free radicals caused by stress or the aging process.
4. Boosts your immune system
Lemon juice is packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C is an important vitamin for maintaining the immune system.
5. Great mood booster
The scent of lemons brings calmness to the nervous system which can help to reduce stress and uplift your mood.
6. Great for the nervous system
The high content of potassium in lemon juice helps the nervous cells in the body. Besides potassium, it is also a great source of phosphorus, magnesium and calcium. This helps to replenish the minerals in the body, which is especially good after a work-out or run.
Have the benefits sparked your interest? This is what to do tomorrow morning!
Squeeze half a lemon in a glass or cup of about 200ml or 8oz.
Add luke warm water until full (26 – 35 celsius and 79 – 97 fahrenheit: To get this you can mix 1 part normal temperature water and roughly 2 parts hot water, or you can let boiling water sit for 10-15 minutes)
Drink this morning booster at least 15 minutes before breakfast.
Enjoy the refreshing taste and benefits for your digestion, skin, liver and your mood.
Please take notice that for some individuals with stomach problems lemon water may not be the solution. And that the benefits may take some time before they take effect.