While lemon water has often been associated as a drink to help people suffering from colds and coughs, do we really know all of the benefits that this drink provides?
Here are 10 health benefits of drinking lemon water:
1. Lemon Water Helps with Digestion
Lemon water will help to relieve or prevent any digestive issues, such as bloating, intestinal gas and heartburn. Meanwhile, it will also help to stimulate your body’s digestion.
2. Lemon Water Cleanses Liver, Kidneys and Blood
Your liver can have a massive impact on how you feel, which is why drinking lemon water to cleanse it on a daily basis, can have a positive effect on your body.
3. Lemon Water Includes Vitamin C
Lemon water not only includes vitamin C (recommended to be part of your daily diet), but it also has folate, along with several different minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium.
4. Lemon Water Prevents Constipation or Diarrhoea
Drinking lemon water will help prevent sever cases of constipation and diarrhoea.
5. Lemon Water is Beneficial for Throat Infections
Probably one of the most well-known facts about this drink is that it helps to cure and soothe coughs and throat infections. Meanwhile, drinking lemon water on a regular basis helps to lower the chances of you getting a throat infection.
6. Lemon Water Helps with Fat Burning
While a big part of weight loss, is exercising more and sticking to a healthy diet, the citric acid in lemons is known for helping with fat burning.
7. Lemon Water Helps With Fat Digestion
Lemons assist with helping your liver to produce more bile which will help to digest fats – perfect for people who have fry-ups for breakfast.
8. Lemon Water Improves Your Skin
The vitamin C in lemons is great to cleanse and detoxify your body while also acting as an antibiotic and antioxidant.
9. Lemon Water Reduces Bad Breath
Due to the high antibiotic and antioxidant levels in lemons, it can reduce bad breath and possibly body odour over time.
10. Lemon Water Decreases Mucus Levels
For people who drink a lot of cow’s milk, which heightens the amount of mucus that your body creates, the lemon water will help to decrease these levels.
Lemon Water Precautions
- Avoid Citrus Seeds
Try to avoid consuming citrus seeds. One or two won’t harm you, but it is best to avoid chewing or swallowing these seeds.
- Avoid Sugary Additions
Avoid adding sugary extras to your lemon water such as sugar, sweeteners and maple syrup as they will reduce the benefits of this drink. Meanwhile, honey (if it is local raw or manuka honey) is okay to add to the drink if you feel it needs sweetening.
- Tooth Enamel
Many people are concerned that the citric acid will sensitise their tooth enamel. While this hasn’t been proven to happen, we recommend not to let this drink linger in your mouth for too long. If you are concerned, drink a plain glass of water after your lemon water to clean your mouth.
How to Prepare Lemon Water
Follow our step-by-step instructions to see how to make this quick and easy drink:
- Get a lemon and cut it in half
- Squeeze it with a citrus juicer
- Pour a bit of water over the juicer to get any extra lemon juices
- Remove any seeds
- Pour the lemon juice into a cup and mix with either room temperature, warm or hot water (cold water can be a shock for your body and digestive system in the morning).
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