Lemon, a fruit popular for its therapeutic properties, helps maintain your immune system and thus, protects you from the clutches of most types of infections. It also plays the role of a blood purifier. Lemon is a fabulous antiseptic. So, make it a part of your daily routine to drink a glass of warm lemon water in the morning and enjoy its health benefits
A glass of lemon juice contains less than 25 calories. It is a rich source of nutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin C and pectin fiber. It also has medicinal values and antibacterial properties. It also contains traces of iron and vitamin A.
Lemon Water: How and When
To derive the benefits of lemon water, make sure that you take it right after waking up.
Process of making lemon water:
Take a lemon and slice it in half. Squeeze the juice from both halves over a cup of lukewarm water and drink it. Make sure that you use fresh lemons (organic, if possible) and not commercial lemon juice. Bottles juices are often processed and contains preservative; stay clear.
You can even squeeze portions from the peel (if you can bear the bitterness!) and add it to your drink. It contains 5x more vitamin C than the juice. Wait at least fifteen to thirty minutes before drinking anything or eating anything.
But, why should I drink lemon water in the morning?
- It improves digestion and gut health
It improves digestion by stimulating your gastrointestinal tract. This is why it is recommended to drink it prior to eating anything else when your stomach is still empty. Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial agent. It helps cleanse the bowel by flushing out waste more efficiently and stimulates the release of gastric juices, which aid digestion. The digestive qualities of lemon juice can also help relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and bloating.
- Lemon juice helps in detoxification
Drinking lemon juice helps in detoxification by acting as a natural diuretic. Try drinking lemon water with the pulp as well as it is a source of fiber that helps flush out toxins from the intestine. Lemon water acts as a liver cleanser by assisting in detoxification. It purifies and stimulates the liver by encouraging the production of bile, an acid required for digestion. Lemon water can also help control excess bile flow, decrease the amount of phlegm produced by the body.
- Lemon Boosts Your Immune System by providing you the required Vitamin C
It boosts your immune system by providing your body with Vitamin C, which is anti-inflammatory in nature and enhances your absorption of iron. Lemons also contain saponins, which are antimicrobial in nature. It is also rich in potassium which helps control blood pressure.
- It regulates your pH levels
Keeping your pH levels regulated is important because most illnesses and conditions are associated with acidic body states. Lemon juice helps to regulate your body pH levels by alkalinizing your body. Lemon juice is acidic when outside the body. When it is ingested and fully metabolized, it has an alkalinizing effect on the body and raises the blood’s pH.
- Promotes healing
Ascorbic acid, vitamin C, promotes wound healing in the body and is an important nutrient in maintaining healthy bones, tissue and cartilage. It also calms inflammation in the body. Vitamin C travels through the body, neutralizing any free radicals. Free radicals can interact with the healthy cells of the body, damaging them and their membranes and causing inflammation.
- It does miracles to your skin
This is a kind of resultant cause. Since lemon juice improves digestion, detoxifies your body, acts as diuretic and provides anti-inflammatory Vitamin C, the appearance of your skin is bound to improve!
Also, drinking lemon water first thing in the morning sets your pace throughout the day and encourages you to drink more water, keeping you hydrated and healthy.
- It keeps your breath fresh and improves mouth conditions
It keeps your breath fresh and improves mouth conditions with its citric acid content. You can drink lemon water after every meal, especially if you do not have access to mouthwash or toothbrush. Be aware though that citric acid can cause erosion on the tooth enamel, so do not brush your teeth right after a drink.
- If you want to lose weight, lemon can help
It helps you lose weight by providing the body with pectin fiber, which is known to suppress pangs of hunger and cravings. Studies show that people who follow an alkaline diet tend to lose weight better than those with an acidic diet.
“5 benefits of lemon we hardly use!”
In a nutshell, starting your day with lemon juice improves your overall health and wellbeing. It improves your overall health and wellbeing by keeping your body in an alkaline state. With this, it lowers your risk of developing cancer and heart conditions. You will also feel more alert, awake and energized throughout the day.
What about you, do you drink lemon water regularly? What benefits have you noticed?