Lemon is undoubtedly one of the most widely used citrus fruits in the world. It contains a very high level of vitamin C. Though, the inner flesh is extremely sour to be eaten, it is often used to add flavor to other ingredients and dishes due to its refreshing smell and tart flavor.
One of the great ways to use lemon in the morning is squeezing half of a lemon and adding it to a cup of warm water.
A glass of lemon juice contains less than 25 calories. It is a rich source of nutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin C and pectin fiber. It also has medicinal values and antibacterial properties. It also contains traces of iron and vitamin A.
But how is Lemon water beneficial to your health?
Drinking a cup of warm lemon water in the morning is like doing magic to your body, here’s how:
– Reinforces your immune system:
Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies. Lemon water can help keep you healthy and beat off infection.
– Helps in curing a throat infection:
If you have a sore throat you could make a warm lemon drink to sip every couple of hours. That said, if you are having a lemon water every morning you’re probably unlikely to get one in the first place.
– Mood energizer:
The energy a human receives from food comes from the atoms and molecules in your food. A reaction occurs when the positive charged ions from food enter the digestive tract and interact with the negative charged enzymes. Lemon is one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions, providing your body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract. The scent of lemon also has mood enhancing and energizing properties. The smell of lemon juice can brighten your mood and help clear your mind. Lemon can also help reduce anxiety and depression.
– Freshens your skin:
Thanks to all the vitamin C within lemons, your skin reaps the benefits of you drinking the fruit as well. Vitamin C assists in the production of collagen, so having more in your diet can prevent wrinkles from forming. Vitamin C is vital for healthy glowing skin while its alkaline nature kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne.
Further, lemon juice can be applied topically to scars and age spots to help reduce their appearance.
Since lemon water purges toxins from your blood, it would also be helping to keep your skin clear of blemishes from the inside out. The vitamin C contained in the lemon rejuvenates the skin from within your body.
– Weight loss:
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings.
For a quick weight loss proper hydration of body is required. Drinking good amount of lemon juice can improve metabolism. As metabolism improves, the body starts burning fat after workout. So sip a lemon drink and enjoy the taste. But you should add honey instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners to reap maximum benefits.
– Aids in digestion:
Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. Lemons are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen toxins in the digestive tract. The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, belching and bloating.
Not only will this killer combination relive indigestion, it will also help flush you out.
– Reduces bad breath:
The high antioxidant and antibiotic compounds in lemon water may also help reduce body odor over time.
Besides fresher breath, lemons have been known to help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. Be aware that citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should be mindful of this. No not brush your teeth just after drinking your lemon water. It is best to brush your teeth first, then drink your lemon water, or wait a significant amount of time after to brush your teeth. Additionally, you can rinse your mouth with purified water after you finish your lemon water.
There really are a lot of good reasons to start your day with the freshly squeezed juice of a lemon in a glass of water. After drinking, wait 30 minutes before you eat your breakfast so the lemon water can work its way through your system. This gives the lemon water a chance to flush out your system of debris and toxins and prep if for your meals!
Try it for a couple of weeks and see how it goes, I would love to hear your experiences.