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Lemon water is all the rage right now, and for good reason. Start your day with this refreshing drink and reap the many health benefits of lemon water.
The health benefits of lemon water
Lemon water is all the rage right now, and for good reason! Here are 12 lemon water benefits (scroll down to watch the video instead):
1. Lemons are packed with Vitamin C. They contain more vitamin C than oranges!
2. Lemon juice is anti-inflammatory – consequently, it reduces inflammation in your body.
3. The acid in lemon juice aids digestion because it acts similar to the digestive juices in your stomach.
4. If you want to have younger, smoother looking skin, lemon water is the way to go. Lemon juice rejuvenates your skin; this is due to the vitamin C that produces collagen.
5. Pectin is a fruit fiber found in lemon juice that is a natural diuretic and, as a result, helps combat constipation.
6. Due to the Vitamin C content, lemon juice gives your immune system a boost.
7. Lemons are a good source of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C (as mentioned), magnesium, potassium, and folate.
8. Lemon juice is antibacterial. As a result, besides being good for the body, it is great for cleaning as well. You can find a few natural cleaning recipes with lemon juice HERE.
9. Because lemons contain fiber (pectin), they also help to keep you full longer and thus promote weight loss.
10. The high Vitamin C content in lemons also helps to fight the common cold.
11. Lemon juice is very acidic, but when it is ingested, it turns alkaline in the body which, in turn, can help with acid reflux (there is contracdictory information in the literature as to whether this helps or not, guess you’ll just have to try it and see).
12. Finally, lemons help fight free radicals. Free radicals are chemicals produced (due to toxins) in the body that damage healthy cells. The damage to cells and to DNA may contribute to the development of cancer. As mentioned, lemons contain a considerable amount of Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant. Antioxidants help to fight free radical damage.
The acid in lemon juice can wear away tooth enamel. Because of this, after drinking lemon water, you should brush your teeth, scrub them a bit with baking soda or at least rinse your teeth with water.
Ideally, lemon water should be lukewarm. The idea behind this is that cold water is a shock to the system and too much energy is used to keep the body at a normal temperature, so the nutrients in the lemon juice are not absorbed as well.
Although it is best to drink lemon water warm (to fully reap the benefits), my thoughts are that you will still get most of the benefits of the lemon juice regardless of the temperature of the water. It is up to you though.
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