Adding a slice of lemon to a glass of water may seem common, but the benefits of this simple concoction are anything but ordinary. Water is essential to life, and SlimGenics recommends drinking 80 ounces of water per day. Lemon adds a zesty new spin to plain water. Just squeeze half a lemon into chilled, room temperature or warm water (or a whole lemon if you are over 150 pounds).
Lemons are packed with nutrients like vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, folate, potassium and fiber. Besides adding flavor to your drink, lemon has abundant health benefits. So read on to find out why you should begin your day each morning with a big glass of lemon water!
Drinking lemon water regularly may decrease the acidity in your body and reduce inflammation, by decreasing uric acid. Lemon also acts as a mild, natural diuretic and can reduce bloating.
Boosts Immune System
Lemon’s vitamin C and antioxidant content help to keep your immune system running well and protecting your body from illness. Lemon water can also reduce mucous and phlegm when you do have a cold or allergies.
Aids in Digestion
Lemon juice encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, encouraging the production of bile and helping to relieve some symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping and bloating. Warm lemon water may also help to relieve constipation.
Fights Bad Breath
Keep your breath fresher with lemon water, which may help to combat bacteria in the mouth. Be careful though, lemon can also erode the enamel on your teeth, so it’s best to drink lemon water through a straw, if possible. Rinse out your mouth with plain water after your glass of lemon water.
Promotes Healthy Skin
By helping to flush the body and improve digestion, the antioxidants in lemon juice aid in maintaining your skins radiance and help to decrease blemishes by detoxifying your blood. Vitamin C is also essential in the synthesis of collagen.
There is evidence to suggest that drinking water each morning, particularly lemon water, can help you to lose weight. Researchers in Germany reported that water consumption increases the rate at which people burn calories. So replace your cup of coffee with a glass of hot or cool lemon-infused water.
Integrating the benefits of lemon water into your routine is as easy as keeping a few fresh lemons on hand at all times to slice and toss into your beverage. Keep a pitcher on hand to serve lemon-infused water to the whole family—an especially refreshing treat on those hot summer days! Replace sodas, sugary sports drinks and more with a glass of invigorating lemon water and feel the difference.