Water is healthy on its own, and maybe you already know about the benefits of lemon juice as well. Now, have you considered mixing the two? If not, you should. Lemon water is a great concoction to drink first thing in the morning—if you’re a coffee drinker, it should even take priority over your first cup of joe.
The first thing you put into your body in the morning can impact your entire day, and lemon juice can naturally increase energy, boost vitality, and cleanse your digestive system, ensuring that you’re in top shape to tackle your day.
And it’s easy enough to down a glass before work, or mix it up and put it in a water bottle to take with you wherever you go, whether it’s work or school or even just out running errands, We’ve compiled together for you a list of 8 reasons why you should be adding lemon water into your diet if you aren’t already.
1. Supports digestion
Lemon juice supports healthy digestion, but more than that it also helps cleanse the body of toxins (which is why lemon is a key ingredient in many detox drinks). Lemons are filled with vitamins and minerals that rid the intestinal tract of toxins, which can help ailments such as heartburn and bloating. Citrus flavonols are believed to be a key aid in digestion and are responsible for lemon’s use as a digestive tonic. Vitamin C has also been believed to reducing the risk of peptic ulcers.
2. Boosts your immune system
If you’re like many working people, or college students struggling with tough classes, your immune system can nose-dive when your stress levels rise. And who has time to get sick these days? Lucky for you lemons can help with this problem. They contain potassium, which helps control blood pressure and stimulate brain and nerve function. They also contain vitamin C, which helps fight colds. So on those chilly winter nights, add some lemon and honey to your tea to prevent colds or fight the one you may be experiencing.
3. Balances your pH
Unbalanced pH can lead to a lot of problems: headaches, insomnia, frequent sighing, water retention, and many more. Keeping your body alkaline can prevent them, and lemons can do just that. Though they taste acidic, lemons actually have a very alkalizing effect on our bodies. Outside the body they appear and taste acidic, but once they’re inside that changes. Once the lemon juice has been metabolized and entered our bloodstream, that’s when its effect becomes alkaline.
4. Helps with hangovers
Scientists may still not know exactly what causes a hangover, but its cure is definitely not the hair of the dog that bit you. Lemons can hydrate the body, which in turn can help ease the nausea and jackhammers-in-your-skull aftereffects of drinking. If you can stomach anything, try drinking some warm water with a little lemon juice in it.
Lemons can help soothe the stomach, which can be sore after a night of drinking. The hot lemon water can act as an antiseptic and detox your body, curing that nasty headache faster than just a few Advil and a bottle of plain water.
5. Rejuvenates skin
The detoxifying nature of lemons means that it can also have a hand in rejuvenating and clearing up skin. Its high level of vitamin C and antioxidants helps to decrease blemishes and wrinkles, leading to overall younger, fresher, healthier-looking skin.
Lemon juice has even been known to clear acne up topically: practice is cutting a lemon in half and rubbing it over the effected areas once or two a day until your skin begins to clear.
Acne comes from oil buildup in the skin, inflammation, clogged pores, and bacteria. The strong acidity in lemons ensures that it decreases your inflammation and kills the bacteria. Lemons act as a natural astringent to help remove dead skin cells fast.
6. Weight loss aid
Lemons can be used in detox drinks, and in turn those drinks can also help promote weight loss. Though the lemon-water mixture does not cause the weight loss itself: instead, weight loss happens when lemon water replaces something that is high in sugar or calories, like fruit juices or coffee mixed with sugar.
Staying hydrated boots your metabolism, which in turn will boost your weight loss. Lemon water also acts as a natural diuretic, which reduces bloating. It also cleanses your colon, which reduces your risk of colon cancer from buildup as well as flushing out any waste, which can also contribute to your weight.
7. Boosts brain power
As mentioned previously lemons contain large amounts of potassium, low levels of which have been linked to things like depression, anxiety, and forgetfulness. It also helps reduce something referred to as “brain fog,” which is exactly as it sounds: your memory lapses and you forget simple things, such as your phone number.
There are a number of causes for brain fog, the most common being sleep deprivation. One of the natural ways to relieve brain fog is to consume foods with nutritional benefits. Drinking lemon water will help clear your head, as it flushes toxins from the body and enhances mental function.
8. Promotes healing
The ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, found in lemons promotes wound healing, as well as is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of connective tissue, bones, and cartilage. It also detoxes the liver, can help dissolve gall and kidney stones, and works as an anti-viral. All of these combined make lemon juice a great natural healer.
As far as healthy foods go, lemons are an easy enough fix. These reasons above are only a few in the large spectrum of healing powers that the lemon contains, so why not seek out more if you’re interested by these eight simple facts? Your body and your increased energy level will thank you.