In this article, we would like to introduce you to the amazing benefits of drinking lukewarm water with lemon, especially in the morning. It is always a nice feeling when we learn to incorporate a healthy ritual into our daily routines!
For centuries, lemons have been known for their healthful properties. They have antibacterial and anti-viral action and are also a great immune system booster. In addition, they help with weight regulation. Lemons contain citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene.
BENEFITS OF LEMON JUICE:
- Aids in Digestion
The structure of lemon juice is similar to that of saliva and hydrochloric acid which are the main digestive forces in the stomach. Lemon juice stimulates bile production in the liver which is needed in digestion. Lemons are rich in minerals and vitamins and help with the discharge of toxins and other unwanted elements from your body and the digestive system. Also, lemon juice helps soothe the stomach through heartburn, belching, and rumble.
- Diuretic – Cleanses the Body
Citric acid improves the function of the enzymes that stimulate the liver and also helps with detoxification. It increases urination which speeds up the rate at which toxins are discharged from the body, thereby contributing to a healthy urinary tract.
- Boosts the Immune System
Lemons are rich in vitamin C and calcium. Vitamin C is good for fighting colds and it also enhances iron absorption in the body. Potassium stimulates the brain and nervous activity and helps regulate blood pressure. Lemons also reduce the amount of mucus that is produced by the body.
- Balances pH Levels
Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods which contributes to achieving an acid-base balance. They are indeed acidic, but when we consume them, they become alkaline – the citric acid is not an acid for our bodies. Lemons contain citric and ascorbic acid. These weak acids are easily processed by the body and allow the mineral content of lemons to basify the blood.
By regularly drinking water with lemon, we are regulating the acidity levels in our bodies and we are able to achieve a balance.
- Cleanses the Skin
With its high content of vitamin C, lemons help us in the fight against free radicals, and reduce wrinkle and stain formation. Vitamin C is essential for healthy and radiant skin. Like we said before, lemons are an alkaline food. This quality of theirs can kill some types of bacteria that cause acne. Water with lemon helps to get rid of toxins in the blood and thereby cleanses our skin from the inside out.
- Charges with Energy and Improves Mood
The energy we get from food comes from the atoms and molecules in it. When the positively charged ions from the food enter the digestive system, they interact with the negatively charged enzymes and a reaction occurs. Lemons are one of the few foods that contain more negative ions and therefore provide us with more energy when they enter into our digestive systems – more reactions take place and we get more energy.
- Lemon has a Healing Effect
The ascorbic acid, which is abundant in lemons, is an essential nutrient that provides for healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage. It also contributes to quicker recovery from injuries and stress.
- Fresh Breath
Lemons provide fresh breath, and soothe sore teeth and gums. However, you have to be very careful because the citric acid can destroy the enamel of your teeth. Never wash your teeth immediately after you have been drinking water with lemon. Wash them before or wait a bit after drinking for your teeth to become less sensitive. A very good option is to rinse your teeth with water after you have finished drinking the water with lemon, sparing your teeth from the acidity.
- Hydrates the Lymphatic System
Lukewarm water with lemon strengthens the immune system by hydrating and rejuvenating lost body fluids. When our bodies are suffering from a shortage of water, we can experience some of the following: fatigue, sluggishness, decreased immune system, constipation, lack of energy, high or low blood pressure, feelings of stress, and many others. Lemon can help to fight these side effects.
- Helps with Weight Regulation
Lemons are rich in pectin which reduces the desire to eat.
HOW AND WHEN TO DRINK WATER WITH LEMON?
To prepare lemon water, use spring, mineral, or boiled water. The water should be lukewarm, because if it is cold we will need more time to absorb it. If it’s hot or boiling, however, it will kill the beneficial properties of the lemon.
Pour water into a glass and add the freshly squeezed juice of half a lemon or just a few slices of peeled lemon.
You can drink water with lemon in the morning before eating and/or before any other meal. Lukewarm lemon water also makes for a great drink before exercise.