We all know how drinking enough water everyday is good for the body. To enjoy additional health benefits, some people also add lemon juice to their drinking water.
The practice of drinking lemon water has its origin in Traditional Chinese Medicine that relies on nature's produce to prevent and treat health problems. Lemon is a wonder citrus fruit. Its juice contains large amounts of nutrients such as Vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and calcium.
Benefits of lemon water
- Boosts immune system. Because of its rich Vitamin-C content, lemon water strengthens your immune system and helps prevents illness. Vitamin-C also has healing properties - when taken frequently during the day, lemon water has been known to hasten the healing of wounds and infections.
- Supports the digestive system. Your digestive system relies on a number of enzymes and digestive juices to break down food particles into basic nutrients to nourish your body. Oftentimes, this system is hampered by an unhealthy consumption of fat, sugar, salt and food additives, making your colon sluggish. When this happens, you may suffer constipation or irregular bowel movement. Lemon water helps your liver to produce bile which digests fat for easier absorption and elimination.
- Promotes clear skin. Your inner health is reflected on the surface of your skin. Depending on what you feed your body, what you eat or drink may nourish or be harmful to your skin. Toxins trapped in your colon eventually find their way to other body parts as well as your skin. This triggers acne flare-ups or skin rashes due to allergies. Drinking lemon water effectively cleans your bowel of harmful waste and toxins so that with regular consumption, your skin will be healthy and blemish-free.
- Helps you lose weight safely. A regular intake of lemon water promotes elimination, a process that any weight loss diet needs before you can observe visible results. Due to the gradual weight-loss benefits obtained from drinking lemon water regularly, you may only begin to feel the effects after some time and if coupled with a healthy diet and enough exercise.
The best time to take lemon water
While lemon water may be taken at any time of the day, many people swear by the amazing benefits of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning. Your body is literally on a fast while you are asleep and is in a mild state of dehydration when you wake up. Unlike coffee which is loaded with the diuretic caffeine, lemon water can re-hydrate your body within minutes of drinking it.
Many people feel energized quickly after drinking lemon water in the morning, and drinking lemon water before anything else in the morning stimulates your bowel to eliminate accumulated waste. Fix yourself a glass of lemon water every morning by adding 1 or 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice to a glass of warm water.