One of the most popular citrus fruit, lemon not only has a refreshing flavor but also is very beneficial for your body’s health. It is a rich source of vitamin C and constitutes many antibacterial and antiviral properties that make your immunity system stronger. One of the most common and easy ways of consuming lemon is by simply mixing half a lemon’s juice in a glass of lukewarm or room temperature water.
Health experts suggest that drinking one glass of lemon water empty stomach in the morning can garner the best results. Alternately, you can also have lemon water any time during the day or before going to bed. It is also a good idea to have a glass of lukewarm lemon water ten minutes after consuming greasy or oily foods to enhance digestion.
Below is a list of benefits that you can derive by just including lemon water in your daily diet.
As a citrus fruit, lemons contain high amounts of vitamin C, that can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and also help in lowering blood pressure. It is also an antioxidant and keeps control of uric acid in your blood.
Adding fresh lemon juice to water can expedite your weight loss remarkably, as it suppresses accumulation of fat in your body. Further, lemon water also enhances your metabolism. Additionally, according to numerous health researches, the antioxidants in lemon especially work on your body fat and prevents weight gain.
Lemon water contains a source of plant compounds called flavonoids that have antioxidant properties which help in protecting your cells from damage. Moreover, it reduces oxidative stress and damage, enhances blood circulation in your body and improves insulin sensitivity.
Health and nutrition experts advise that you should consume at least 1 tablespoon of lemon juice every day. By mixing fresh lemon juice with water, you can not only get the nutritional benefits and flavor of lemon but also increase your overall water intake. This, in turn, ensure that your body stays hydrated through the day and all the toxins are flushed out.
The antioxidant vitamin C constituted in lemons ensures that your skin is even-toned, helps in keeping the pores closed and makes it tighter and smoother. Further, lemon juice is a natural alkalizing agent, which helps to maintain a steady pH balance in the body. This combined with the fact that lemons have an antiseptic quality that helps in exfoliating dead cells – reduces skin wrinkling, prevents dry skin from aging and protects skin from the sun. Lemon also helps in fighting dandruff and pesky flakes.
We all are well aware of the strong and distinct smell of lemon. This can be leveraged in multiple ways. For instance, you can simply rub your hands with three to four drops of lemon juice to get rid of the smell of garlic, onion or to just get a soothing, fresh smell in your hands. Furthermore, lemon water also works as a natural breath freshener and can help you get rid of bad breath caused by bacteria. The key is to have a glass of lemon water after your meal or first thing in the morning.
Lemon water, especially if it is lukewarm gives a jump start to your digestive system by washing down toxins. In fact, health experts also recommend having a glass of lemon water every morning to combat constipation. Since lemons are acidic, they help in the production of Hydrochloric Acid in your body which then enables faster break down of food and subsequent digestion.
Generally, doctors and health experts advise you to drink a lot of water because it helps in eliminating waste from your body through urination and healthy bowel movements. Lemon water does exactly the same, with an added advantage of refreshing flavor. In fact, lemons contain citric acid that also prevents kidney stones by breaking them up into smaller parts and also helping in flushing them out of your body.