Nowadays, lemon water seems to be the latest rage. Many eateries and restaurants have not only incorporated it into their menu, they serve it routinely. Most people prefer to start their mornings with lemon water in place of their much preferred coffee or tea. Lemons are obviously delicious, but when you add them to your water, it does not just satisfy you, it nourishes you.
Though the proof supporting the health usefulness of lemon water is still largely based on anecdotes, few researches that have been carried out on benefits of lemon water, and these benefits show the benefits of lemon water to your body.
Some ways lemon water can benefit your body
It promotes hydration
Water as we already know is the best beverage for hydration. However, most people don’t like the taste of water; some dismiss as bland. That’s why you should add lemon to your water to enhance its flavor, that way, you can drink more.
Studies have shown that women should get at least 91 ounces of water per day and men, at least 125 ounces. This includes even foods that contain water
It’s a good source of vitamin C
Lemon is a citrus food, and like all other citrus fruits, it is a rich source of vitamin C. Studies found that the juice in one lemon provides over 18.7 milligrams of vitamin C. The daily dosage recommended for adults is 65 to 90 milligrams.
Vitamin C is a primary antioxidant that helps protect your cells from free radicals. It may also help limit the duration of common cold in some people. Vitamin C can also help reduce your risk of low blood pressure, stroke and cardiovascular diseases.
It supports weight loss
Research has shown that the presence of the polyphenol antioxidants found in lemons significantly reduces weight gain in mice that are overfed in order to induce obesity.
In these mice studies, the antioxidant compounds also offset the negative effects on blood glucose levels and improved insulin resistance, the two main factors in the development of type 2 diabetes.
While the same results need to be proven in humans, anecdotal evidence is strong that lemon water supports weight loss. Whether this is due to people simply drinking more water and feeling full or the lemon juice itself is unclear.
It improves your skin quality
The presence of vitamin C in lemon can help limit skin wrinkling, dry skin from aging, and damage from the sun. There has not been any explanation or certainty as to how lemon water improves your skin. When your skin loses moisture, it becomes dry and very prone to wrinkles. A citrus based drink helps to prevent the development of wrinkles, which lemon water is.
It aids digestion
Most people drink lemon water every morning as a laxative to help fight against constipation. When lemon water is drank while hot or warm, it helps keep your digestive system moving and agile.
Ayurvedic medicine says the sour lemon taste helps stimulate your “agni.” In ayurvedic medicine, a strong agni jump-starts the digestive system, allowing you to digest food more easily and helping to prevent the buildup of toxins.
It freshens breath
You probably don’t know that you can you lemon to get rid of the smell of garlic or any other strong odor. The same remedy may also apply when you want to get rid of bad breath caused by eating foods with strong smells such as onions, ginger, garlic or fish.
You can also avoid bad breath by drinking lemon water immediately after eating and once you wake up in the morning. Lemon is thought to stimulate saliva and water also helps prevent a dry mouth, which can lead to bad breath caused by bacteria.
It helps prevent kidney stones
The citric acid contained in lemons may help prevent kidney stones. Citrate, a component of citric acid, paradoxically makes urine less acidic and may even break up small stones. Drinking lemon water not only gets you citrate, but also the water you need to help prevent or flush out stones.
How to make lemon water
Consistency, as you already know, is key. Same applies to drinking lemon water, especially if you want to reap all its health benefits. When you want to make lemon water, always use fresh lemons rather than artificial lemon from a bottle.
To make lemon water, squeeze half a lemon into 8 ounces of warm or cold water. To make the drink as healthy as possible, use filtered water and organic lemons.
You can infuse more flavor or add a health boost to lemon water by adding; a few springs of mint, a teaspoon of maple syrup, or raw honey, a slice of fresh ginger, a sprinkle of turmeric
You can also incorporate some slices of other fresh citrus fruits like limes, oranges and cucumber slices. Remember to always wash them properly before slicing and using. Lemon water is generally safe to drink, but there are a very few side effects you might have to know about in order to be aware of them.
Lemon contains citric acid, which may erode tooth enamel. To limit the risk, drink lemon water through a straw, and rinse your mouth with plain water afterwards. When it comes to heartburn, lemon water can go either way. The citric acid may cause heartburn in some people. Others experience relief from heartburn, because lemon juice becomes alkaline thereby reducing acidity and aiding digestion. This is why you should experiment first, in order to find out the effect it would have on you. Some people report more frequent trips to the bathroom when drinking lemon water.
Although vitamin C is often believed to be a diuretic, something that increases the amount of urine you produce, evidence doesn’t show that vitamin C from natural sources like lemons has diuretic effects. If you experience the need for extra bathroom breaks while drinking lemon water, it’s more than likely caused by increased water intake.
Studies show that lemon water is generally beneficial to your health. Therefore, adding lemon to your water may help drink more water daily, that way, you stay hydrated. And you know staying hydrated is very essential for your general wellbeing.