Few people don’t love a refreshing glass of lemonade on a warm summer day. But did you know that lemons are actually extremely healthy for you, and should be incorporated into your daily diet?
Here are some reasons why:
They’re jam-packed with vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and especially Vitamin C. A daily glass of warm lemon water first thing in the morning not only tastes great, but it also has tremendous effects on improving your overall health and well-being. It’s an easy routine to get into, and one that’s highly recommended. Here are 12 reasons why you should ditch that morning coffee and consider drinking a glass of warm lemon water instead.
1. Boosts your immune system.
Lemons are rich in Vitamin C, which boosts your immune system and helps to fight off colds and the flu.
2. Balances your body’s pH
Lemons are incredibly alkaline, and therefore drinking a glass of warm lemon water daily goes a long way toward reducing your body’s overall acidity, and in turn reducing your risk of developing cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
3. Helps you to lose weight
The high pectin fibre content of lemons has been shown to fight cravings, which in turn helps you to lose weight. Building on point number 2 above, maintaining a slightly alkaline diet also helps you to lose weight faster. In short, warm water with lemon for weight loss is a common technique.
4. Helps with digestion
Lemons stimulate the production of bile in the liver, which is involved in the digestion process. Lemons also promote bowel movements, loosen toxins trapped in the digestive tract, and can ease digestive problems such as heart burn and bloating.
5. Promotes clear skin
The Vitamin C content of a glass of warm lemon water also helps to reduce blemishes and wrinkles in the skin. And as you already know, lemons are rich in Vitamin C. In addition, lemons cleanse toxins from the blood stream, which also helps to rejuvenate your skin. As a matter of fact, many people directly apply lemon juice onto the skin to reduce the appearance of scars.
6. Flushes out toxins
Lemons stimulate and cleanse your liver to flush out harmful toxins from your body.
7. Keeps you hydrated
It comes as no surprise that lemon water keeps you…well…hydrated. It’s extremely important to keep your body hydrated, but many people get bored of drinking plain old water. Drinking lemon water instead is an easy way to spice things up and should make it easier to make sure your getting enough water.
8. Freshens your breath
Lemons fight mouth bacteria, and in doing so help to keep your breath fresh. As an awesome side-benefit, lemons also fight off gingivitis. However, the citric acid erodes the enamel on teeth, so make sure that you never drink lemon juice undiluted (always dilute in water first), and also either wait a while to brush your teeth after drinking lemon water, or brush your teeth before drinking it.
9. Helps with respiratory issues
Warm lemon water can eliminate chest infections and coughs so you breathe easier. It can also reduce phlegm and mucus buildup.
10. Gives you an energy boost
Warm lemon water can help boost energy levels once it enters your digestive tract, and it can also help reduce anxiety levels.
11. Boosts your brain
The high potassium and magnesium content in lemons is thought to promote healthy brain cell function, enhancing your focus and mental clarity. These minerals are also great for keeping your heart healthy.
12. Helps kick caffeine addiction
People report that by replacing their morning coffees with warm lemon water, it has actually reduced their caffeine cravings and helped them kick their addiction to caffeine.