The benefits of lemon water are endless!
I was introduced to the concept of lemon water from my grandparents, who swore by all things natural. They were vegan for 60 years, practiced yoga regularly and lived a holistic lifestyle. They really believed in the power of plants to help nurture and heal your body, which is probably why I have such a passion for it now too!
Spending my summer holidays as a child with my grandparents, lemon juice was always to hand; cuts, grazes, acne, insect bites and dandruff – you name it!
One thing they did every day though, was to drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning, about 20 minutes before breakfast. This was a habit I got into in my teenage years and has now become a vital part of my morning ritual!
Lemons are a nutritional powerhouse, packed with full of: vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium and pectin fibre. It also has traces of iron and Vitamin A. Not to mention its medicinal values and antibacterial properties.
Top 10 benefits of drinking lemon water:
1. Gives your immune system a boost
Lemons are high in Vitamin C which is an essential nutrient to protect the body’s immune system, helping you fight viral infections, the common cold and also relieve stress. Warm water and lemon juice will also hydrate and replenish lost fluids in the body, which does wonders for the lymph system.
2. Excellent source of potassium
As a rich source of potassium, lemons help to nourish brain and nerve cells and also reduce blood pressure.
3. Aids digestion
Lemon juice helps to flush out unwanted toxins from the digestive tract and the body. Lemon water can also ease indigestion, heartburn, bloating and other stomach upsets.
4. Cleanses your system
Having lemon juice first thing in the morning will help flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver. In turn, helping to get things moving in the morning!
5. Freshens your breath
The acidic content in lemons prevents the growth of bacteria in the mouth, whilst promoting the levels of saliva, which can help solve the problem of dry mouth, which is one of the main reasons that contribute to bad breath.
6. Clear skin
The antioxidants in lemons is of immense benefit to the skin, enhancing a glowing, blemish free complexion and can even prevent the formation of wrinkles and acne.
7. Helps you lose weight
Lemons contain pectin fibre which helps to fight off those hunger pangs. Lemon water will also help detox your liver, helping your metabolism to run more efficiently. Importantly, if you start your day right, you are more likely to make better choices throughout the day.
8. Gives you an energy boost
Lemons are one the few foods that contain a certain amount of charged ions, which when entering the digestive tract, will provide your body with more energy. The scent of lemon also has mood enhancing and energising properties.
9. Promotes Healing
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), found in abundance in lemons, promotes wound healing, and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage.
10. Reduce Inflammation
Reduces pain and inflammation in your joints by dissolving uric acid. This is because drinking lemon water over a long period of time will decrease the amount of acidity in your body.
Squeeze ½ to 1 lemon juice into a mug of warm (not boiling) water. Wait at least 15 minutes before consuming any other foods or drinks.
I sometimes like to pep mine up with some ginger, cayenne pepper or turmeric.
Lemon juice is very acidic and the citric acid can erode tooth enamel, which is vital in protecting your teeth!
It is important to dilute your lemon juice with water, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water afterwards and do not brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes. Easy.