A glass of warm lemon water is an absolute must in the morning. It’s one of the healthiest drinks you will ever have, and represents a nice way to cleanse the body. Lemon water is packed with nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
The citrusy drink promotes a healthy weight loss process, enhances digestion, boosts immunity, and offers many other benefits.
“Lemon water is a good source of several alkalizing minerals such as calcium and potassium. When lemon juice is consumed, its minerals may dissociate in the bloodstream to have an alkalizing effect.
Potassium is a key nutrient for healthy metabolism. Also, since it aids in the digestion of proteins and fats, it may play an indirect role in the production and fueling of muscles that can improve your ability to burn calories,” says Dr. Passler, a world-renowned nutritionist.
Here are the top benefits of lemon water:
- Immunity booster
Vitamin C makes your immune system strong, and enhances the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Lemon water also improves the function of the lymphatic system, and promotes the elimination of pathogens.
“Lemon juice contains vitamin C, which in numerous studies has shown immune-boosting properties. The hydrating effects of water consumption can also have a positive effect on immune status. Vitamin C also lends essential support to your adrenal glands so you can handle stress better,” Dr. Passler said.
- Reduces inflammation
Lemon water reduces and prevents inflammation in the body.
- Gastroesophaegal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Drink lemon water for two weeks to improve your condition and treat your heartburn.
- Prevents the formation of kidney stones
Potassium in lemons prevent the increase of citrate in your urine, and thus stops the formation of kidney stones.
- Reduces joint pain and swelling
Lemon water is a natural remedy that reduces inflammation, swellings and joint pain.
- Treats cold and flu symptoms
Antioxidants in lemons aid in the treatment of colds and flu. There’s no better way of relieving the symptoms.
- Treats acne
Lemon water neutralizes acids in the morning, and prevents/treats acne.
- Relieves gallbladder pain
Lemon water is a powerful drink. Drink it after meals to relieve your gallbladder pain.
- Relieves fibromyalgia
Combine your lemon water routine with a few simple stretches to soothe your muscle pain caused by fibromyalgia.
- Suppresses appetite and promotes weight loss
According to researchers, lemon water prevents obesity, stimulates metabolism, stops food cravings,a and regulates blood sugar when consumed in the morning.
Lemons improve the production of bile, and keeps you full while preventing food cravings.
Bahram Arjmandi, a professor of nutrition at Florida State University and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Food and Nutrition Disorders, gave the following explanation:
“Pectin, a kind of fiber found in lemons, has also been linked to some weight loss benefits. “Pectin can lower LDL or bad cholesterol and has some anti-inflammatory benefits. It can also prevent fat absorption and moderate insulin response.”
- Prevents foodborne diseases
Lemon water will help you prevent food poisoning, so you better drink it when travelling.
- Treats sore muscles after heavy workout
Lemon water relieves muscle pain after strenuous workout caused by the accumulation of lactic acid in the muscle tissues.
- Strengthens nails
Drink lemon water if your nails are brittle or have white spots and stains. Drink it in the morning, right after waking up in the morning.
Source: Healthy Food House