Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water Every Morning
Lemons, and lemon juice in particular, boast a lot of health benefits because they are loaded with such nutrients as vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and iron.
by Greg Montoya
Here’s a few reasons you should add lemon juice to your morning water on an empty stomach 30-40 minutes before breakfast:
Lemon can act as an anti-cancer agent
Lemon helps protect your body against cancer because of the antioxidants in the citrus fruit. The antioxidants slow aging and reduce the risk of developing cancer cells. Lemon also acts as a neutralizer, which helps balance the acid levels that encourage cancer cell growth.
Lemon can help your lymph system
Your lymphatic system helps your body get rid of fluid in the tissue, transports fatty acids, and helps your digestive system run properly. Lemon juice helps by replacing lost fluids, so your lymphatic system works better.
Lemon can help your brain
Lemons contain high levels of magnesium and potassium, which help your brain and nervous system function properly. Because lemons help increase hydration, you may also be able to concentrate at work better because you have more energy.
Lemons are a diuretic
If you are feeling a little stopped up, warm lemon water each morning will help get your system back on track. Lemon helps flush toxins out of your system by encouraging the production of liver detoxification enzymes.
Lemons can help the immune system
Many people reach for vitamin C as soon as they feel a sniffle coming on, and for good reason. Vitamin C has been proven to shorten the duration and severity of a cold. Lemons are one of the best sources of vitamin C. Because lemon acts as an anti-inflammatory, it also helps reduce the severity of respiratory illnesses.
Lemons can aid in weight loss
The weight loss benefits are a result of better digestion, detoxification and an increased production of bile, which breaks down food and fats better. As an added benefit, scientists say that lemons help reduce craving.
Lemons can liven your mood
Because lemons help your body work better in so many other ways, your energy levels get a boots, too. Additionally, the high vitamin C concentration also helps nip fatigue and reduces stress and anxiety.
Lemons have anti-inflammatory properties
As mentioned above, lemons act as a diuretic, which is good for your tummy and your joints. Lemons can help reduce swelling and pain by flushing toxins out of the body.
Lemon juice aids in digestion
Lemon juice gets your liver moving and helps in the production of bile which lets your body digest foods better. Surprisingly, lemon juice may also help ward off heartburn.
Lemon cleans and clears your skin
Lemon juice is a natural antiseptic. You can apply lemon juice to a sun burn or a bee sting to reduce pain and swelling. Additionally the antioxidants in lemons help reduce wrinkles and blackheads and can give your skin a healthy glow.
Lemon can balance body pH levels
Despite their obvious acidity, lemons are known as an alkaline food. When the lemon juice mixes with water it helps produce molecules that balance the pH levels of your body.
Lemon can aid in curing a cold
A diet high in vitamin C can help reduce the severity of cold and flu symptoms.
Lemon is great for cleaning
Not only is lemon great for the body, it is also great as a cleaning product for counters, sinks, tubs, polishing tarnished items, and much more – and it smells great!
To maximize the health benefits of lemon juice, squeeze the juice of ½ of a lemon into a glass of room temperature water and drink it first thing in the morning, along with 10 ounces of purified water, to boost your energy, cleanse your body and strengthen your immune system.