Unfortunately, the past 2 years haven’t been very kind of the world. Going through a global pandemic, lockdowns and numerous restrictions, life has definitely not been the same. However, throughout that time, it seems like we achieved a new found respect for our health. It feels like a lot more people have decided to start on their healthy lifestyle journey, realising how important it is. Starting that journey, however, can be difficult, so sometimes small steps make all the difference. That is exactly why, in this article, we are going to talk about a great way to start each morning – lemon water. So, if you are wondering what are the benefits of lemon water and why is it so important for your health, keep reading!
Starting a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy, but this is a small step you can make towards your journey
- What are lemons?
- How much lemon water should you drink a day?
- What are the benefits of lemon water?
What are lemons?
Lemon is an evergreen tree, native to South Asia. The tree produces small, eliptical yellow fruits, which are known as lemons. Lemons contain about 5% citric acid, which makes the fruit very sour. The fruits have a lot of uses. Their juice is often used in the culinary fields and its pulp and rind are used for baking. Lemons are also used to make oil, as well as for cosmetic and aromatherapy products.
Lemons have a sour taste, which is why they are often used in drinks
How much lemon water should you drink a day?
We all know that hydration is extremely important. Drinking water is the single most important thing when starting your healthy lifestyle journey. Today, however, we want to focus specifically on lemon water. In particular, warm lemon water in the morning. Here is what you need to do: wake up, pour warm (not hot) water into a glass and squeeze a bit of lemon juice in it. Drink it first thing in the morning before you have had your coffee or breakfast. Trust us, it is a game changer. Of course, you can drink lemon water throughout the day, as well. Just fill a bottle with water and drop a few lemon wedges in it. That way, you will have a healthy, refreshing drink all day long.
You can drink lemon water throughout the day, not just in the morning
What are the benefits of lemon water?
So, as we have already said, you might be surprised at how much lemon water actually helps you. So, now that you know how much you need to drink, here are its benefits.
It gives you an extra dose of nutrients
Lemons are filled with healthy nutrients. Drinking just one glass of lemon water a day will bring potassium, vitamin C, fiber, calcium, magnesium and iron into your body. Especially if you drink lemon infused water throughout the day. All of these nutrients are essential to our body, so getting a boost is always a good idea!
Lemons are rich in nutrients
One of the benefits of lemon water is the boost of your metabolism
According to researchers, the sour taste of the lemon helps your digestion, therefore boosting your metabolism. Drinking a warm glass of lemon water in the morning, helps with issues, such as constipation, heartburn and bloating. Think of it as a sort of a morning laxative, which helps your body get rid of toxins more easily and completely naturally.
Lemon water aids digestion
Lemon water helps your skin
Lemons are rich in antioxidants. Because of that, drinking lemon water helps our skin a lot. What’s more, it is rich in vitamin C. So, the antioxidants will purify your skin and keep it blemish free, while the vitamin C will help reduce the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and spots.
Lemon water has so many benefits
One of the biggest benefits of lemon water is that it boosts your immune system
As we have already said, lemons are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C on the other hand, is believed to help people fight the common cold a lot quicker. On the other hand, lemons are filled with antioxidants. These antioxidants help you blood pressure and insuline levels. That, in turn, helps prevent stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes, just to name a few.
A lemon water a day keeps the doctor away
Lemon water helps prevent kidney stones
Kidney stones are super painful. Usually, we don’t even know that we have them until the pain starts. Because of the citric acid found in lemons, they are especially helpful when it comes to your kidneys. Kidney stones are formed by minerals, the consumption of foods, rich in acid, helps prevent the build up of these minerals. If they are already formed on the other hand, the citric acid in lemons can help break down the stones, making it easier for them to leave your body.
Your kidneys will be grateful to you if you regularly consume lemon water
It helps you stay hydrated
There are people in this world who drink tons of water and then there are those who simply don’t. If you are one of them and prefer to drink sodas, juices, alcoholic beverages and every other drink besides water, then this is a good place to start. If water is too simple for you, adding lemon makes it taste better. What’s more you can add a few fresh mint leaves and you will have a nice “lemonade” to drink all day long. What’s more, this drink will be far more healthy than any other drink you might feel like you need.
Lemons are a gift to mankind
Lemons are often added to fizzy drinks, such as sparkling water and Coca-Cola, however, its benefits are on full display with plain water
If you are brave enough you can even try and eat a lemon wedge to get its full benefits