Lemons are an incredibly nutritious fruit with many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to offer. Lemons contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), and many important minerals like calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. You can prepare lemon water one of two ways. The first method is to slice two lemons and add the slices to a pitcher of filtered water. Place the pitcher in the fridge for 8 hours or overnight, and enjoy for a few days. To prepare lemon water the quick way, squeeze half a lemon into a 12-ounce cup or bottle of filtered water. Add ice and a slice of lemon. Lemon stimulates. It awakens the senses and kicks the digestive system into motion. These are just a few of the many benefits you can get from drinking lemon water!
1. Aids in digestion
If you’re feeling bloated, gassy, or constipated, a cup of lemon water in the morning on an empty stomach can ease your discomfort. Lemon contains minerals that promote healthy digestion, treat heartburn and stimulate the bowels, reducing bloating and clearing up the trapped fecal matter.
2. Promotes weight loss
There is evidence to suggest that lemon water helps you to lose those stubborn pounds. When you pour yourself a tall glass of refreshing lemon water, you’re more likely to drink it than if it were plain old regular water. It’ll curb your appetite, hydrate you, and keep you energized so that you won’t turn to sugary sweets for an energy boost. Sometimes when you’re thirsty, your body gets mixed signals, and you reach for a crunchy snack to fill you up when all you need is water.
3. Encourages liver detox
Many people are aware of the detoxifying properties of lemon—just look up the lemon detox diet, and you’ll find hundreds of articles about lemon’s cleansing abilities. Lemon can help to remove toxins from the blood. Toxins refer to any unwanted foreign substances that are poisonous to your system. Over time, they build up, causing health issues that are sometimes hard to pin down. Toxic overload symptoms may include constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, indigestion, muscle aches and pains, nausea, memory loss, or vomiting. Lemon water can turn that around. It can prevent toxic buildup in the bloodstream, and assist the liver in cleansing out the body of these foreign invaders.
4. Boosts immune function
The abundance of vitamin C in lemon lends to its powerful immune-system-boosting properties. It also supports the immune system when the body is fighting off an infection or illness by providing electrolytes (those important minerals) while the body is losing fluids. The bioflavonoids in a lemon fight off free radical damage that may be causing pain, inflammation, and damage to the blood vessels—allowing the immune system to focus on fighting off foreign bodies and infection like it’s supposed to. For an especially powerful immune-boosting drink, add lemon juice, honey, and ginger root to a cup of hot water
5. Freshens breath
There are a few causes of bad breath. Sometimes it is caused by something you eat, and sometimes it is caused by bacteria hanging around in there. Lemon water combats bad breath because it neutralizes the smell from things like onion or garlic. It will also stimulate saliva production, helping to flush out the mouth of smells from food or bacteria. A dry mouth can also cause bad breath, so rehydrating with lemon water will cure that too.