The daily benefits of lemon water
Why lemon water?
Lemons are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Not only does it contain vitamins C, B6, A, E, folate, and pantothenic acid, but they also have minerals like calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
Consuming warm lemon water in the morning is especially beneficial for your body as it hydrates, makes your system alkaline, and gives your liver a kick start to clean out the toxins which have accumulated overnight.
Here is the detailed list of benefits:
Aids digestion - less bloating, gas, and constipation
Promotes weight loss - curbs appetite and prevents sugar binges
Encourages liver detox - reverses and prevents toxic build up in the blood stream
Boosts immune function - electrolytes help fighting off infection and bioflavonoids fight free radicals (reactive atoms that can damage cells by altering their chemical structure) to prevent inflammation
Freshens breath - promotes saliva production and neutralizes odour
Revitalizes skin - loaded with vitamin C, protects against free radicals, and improves hydration resulting in more youthful looking skin
Reduces inflammation - prevents uric acid build up in the joints
Provides energy boost - citrus scent and taste send signals to your brain and kicking it into high gear
Helps fight infection - lemon juice is antibacterial and antiviral
Lowers blood pressure - extra potassium without the calories
Soothes respiratory problems - compounds calm aggravated cells and decreases asthma
Treats gallstones - citric acid can dissolve lumps in the skin and reduce calcium deposits, 1:1 mixture of lemon juice and olive oil breaks down gallstones
Tips and Tricks
If you’re going to use full lemons, use organic so it can soak in the hot water without any chemicals or pesticides. Try to avoid using lemon juice or lemon concentrates, because those fruits have been so processed that there are no longer any enzymes or good nutrients from the rind.
Personally, I use 2-3 lemons each day. I use half a lemon in my early morning warm wake-up drink, the second half of the lemon squeezed into my ketone drink. Then I have the another half lemon in my water bottle and another in my afternoon hot water drink to replace the midday coffee…although, of course, there are days when I have both.
While 12-14 lemons a week sounds like a lot, if you think about it as replacing a $4 morning Starbucks latte or $2-$3 sugary drinks, it actually works out to be more cost effective…and way healthier! My go-to drinks now are, lemon water, coffee and red wine.