I was first introduced to lemon water when I started using it as a digestive aid before I ate a meal. When I started to do this before meals I noticed a big difference. I then decided to dig a little deeper and figure out why lemon water was so beneficial, besides making the same old water taste better.
Lemons are packed with nutrients, including:
- vitamin C
- B-complex vitamins
(Fun fact: they contain more potassium than apples or grapes!)
Because of how hard lemon juice can be on the enamel of your teeth, it’s important to dilute it with water! Drink it first thing in the morning, and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. This will help you fully receive the benefits of lemon water, which are listed below.
11 Benefits of Lemon Water
1. Reduces inflammation.
If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, it will decrease the acidity in your body, which is where disease states occur. It removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation.
2. Aids digestion.
Lemon juice not only encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, it helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating. It will help your body start to naturally produce digestive enzymes which most of us are lacking.:( It is the most affordable way to do a home remedy for HCL or enzymes.
3. Helps you lose weight.
Lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings.
4. Cleanses your system.
It helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver.
5. Keeps your skin blemish-free.
The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too! It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance. WHO KNEW?!?
6. Gives your immune system a boost.
Vitamin C is like our immune system’s jumper cables, and lemon juice is full of it. The level of vitamin C in your system is one of the first things to tank when you’re stressed, which most of us are good or bad stress it is still stress. This is why I like to recommended popping extra vitamin C, especially during stressful days.
7. Excellent source of potassium.
Lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function.
8. Freshens your breath.
It also helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, either hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water or brush your teeth before drinking it.
9. Gives you an energy boost.
Lemon juice provides your body with energy when it enters your digestive tract, and it also helps reduce anxiety and depression. (Even the scent of lemons has a calming effect on your nervous system!)
10. Helps to cut out caffeine.
I didn’t believe this until I tried it, but replacing my morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water has really done wonders! I feel refreshed, and no longer have to deal with that pesky afternoon crash. Plus, my nerves are thankful.
11. Helps fight viral infections.
Warm lemon water is the most effective way to diminish viral infections and their subsequent sore throats. Plus, with the lemon juice also boosting your immune system, you’ll simultaneously fight off the infection completely.
For those who weigh less than 150 pounds, squeeze half a lemon’s worth of juice into a glass of water. If over 150 pounds, use an entire lemon’s juice. You can of course dilute the lemon juice more.
Not only are the benefits of lemon water endless, it’s one of the most substantial yet simple changes you can make for your health.