Did you know the Ancient Egyptians believed that eating lemons and drinking lemon juice was an effective protection against a variety of poisons, and that recent research has confirmed this belief?
There are many health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries. Lemon water provide our bodies with plenty of vitamins, minerals and vital trace elements. It’s also a great energy booster for when we wake up first thing in the morning as our tissues are dehydrated and in desperate need or fluid to push out toxins.
You should be using purified water and it should be lukewarm not scalding hot. Why not the ice cold water? It can be a lot for your body to process and it takes more energy to process ice cold water than the warm.
Always use fresh lemons, organic if possible, never bottled lemon juice. Squeeze half a lemon with each glass and drink it down first thing before you eat a single thing, or workout, etc.
You can also try adding freshly grated or a little cayenne for a boost.
If you have organic lemons you can zest them before you juice them for your daily warm lemon water. Keep a container in the freezer and just keep adding to it. It’s great to toos them into different dishes, salads, pasta, etc.
Lemon Water Nutrition Facts
As we said before, lemons are loaded with healthy benefits, they are a great vitamin C food. Lemon juice also offers up a helathy serving of potassium, magnesium and copper.
- 61 calories
- 3 grams protein
- 6 grams sugar
- 0 grams fat
- 112 milligrams vitamin C
- 303 milligrams potassium
- 7 micrograms folate
- 1 milligrams vitamin B6
- 1 milligrams thiamin
- 1 milligrams copper
- 1 gram fiber
- 6 milligrams magnesium
- 4 milligrams vitamin E
Warm Lemon Water Boost Energy
Skip the morning cup of coffee – lemon water can boost energy levels without the caffeine crash. Here’s how it works: Our bodies get energy from the atoms and molecules in foods. When negative-charged ions, like those found in lemons, enter your digestive tract, the result is an increase in energy levels au naturel.
The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. It can actually be applied directly to scars to help reduce their appearance. The vitamin C is vital for that healthy glowing skin while its alkaline nature kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne.
Is A Diuretic
Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which helps purify it. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.
Helps With Weight Loss
Lemons are high in pectin – a type of fiber commonly found in fruits, which helps fight hunger cravings, helps you feel full longer; that satiated feeling means you’ll chow down less throughout the day. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster.
Detox The Liver
Lemon is an excellent stimulant to the liver, thus confirming what I had learned as a twenty-something. Lemon water liquefies the bile and helps control excess bile flow. Lemons provide a natural strengthening agent to liver enzymes when they are too dilute and help fix oxygen and calcium levels in the liver, which ultimately affects blood oxygen levels.
Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Sure, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). Lemons contain both citric and ascorbic acid, weak acids easily metabolized from the body allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalize the blood. Disease states only occur when the body pH is acidic. Drinking lemon water regularly can help to remove overall acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints, which is one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation.
Hydrates The Lymph System
Warm water and lemon juice supports the immune system by hydrating and replacing fluids lost by your body. When your body is deprived of water, you can definitely feel the side effects, which include: feeling tired, sluggish, decreased immune function, constipation, lack of energy, low/high blood pressure, lack of sleep, lack of mental clarity and feeling stressed, just to name a few.
Lowers Risk Of Stroke
Research from the American Heart Association has found that eating large amounts of citrus fruits – including lemons – may lower the risk of stroke in women. It’s possible that the risk could be reduced by up to 19%, depending on the quantity consumed.
Researches has shown that lemons has a calming effect and therefore may be able to help remove fatigue, exhaustion, dizzines, anxiety, nervousness, and tension. If you are feeling tense you can sprinkle a few drops of lemon balm essential oil on a handkerchief to inhale.
Antibacterial and Antiviral Properties
Bacteria and viruses that cause cold and flu symptoms thrive in an acidic environment in the body, due to excess stress and unhealthy foods and lifestyle. Drinking lemon water has an alkalizing effect on the body. Increasing body alkalinity is one of the key benefits of drinking lemon water. In addition, because of its antibacterial properties, lemon water will help control unhealthy bacteria.
Increases Iron Absorption
Iron deficiency (anaemia) is one of the most common deficiencies in developed countries. The main symptom of anaemia is a debilitating and constant feeling of exhaustion. Eating foods rich in vitamin C – such as lemons – helps your body absorb as much iron as possible from your food.
Reduces Mucus And Pflegm
Lemon water decrease the amount of mucus and pflegm produced in the body. If you’re drinking cow’s milk often (a big culprit in mucus production) then lemon water each morning may help to lessen mucus levels in your body.
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.
Assists in Lowering High Blood Pressure
Ingredient in citrus fruit like lemons called auraptene can lower blood pressure in rodents bred to have hypertension.
Hydrates Your Body
Did you know that when you’re even mildly dehydrated, you’re more prone to things like headaches, fatigue and an overall bad mood? Chugging down lemon water helps your body stay hydrated and feeling happy.
Boost Brain Power
Lemon Water nourishes brain and nerve cells due to its potassium content.
Water with lemon can help prevents cancer. This is due to the fact that lemons are a highly alkaline food. Multiple studies have found that cancer cannot thrive in an alkaline environment.
Cancer cells are known to breed in acidic body but even any human body is known to perform better when it has higher alkaline content. Lemon though is famous for being an acidic fruit also is known to be great alkalizing agent when it gets into the human body also lessening the acidic levels. Though there are very few people who know that their body is acidic due to the food being eaten and things to which skin is exposed however this can be beaten by lemon water to lessen pH levels.
Helps Fight Infections Of The Respiratory Tract, Sore Throat And Inflammation Of The Tonsils
Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs. It’s thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies too.
A few precautions to go along with all the lemon water benefits.
- Citrus seeds are not good for you. While one or two won’t hurt, it’s best not to swallow or particularly chew them. If you use a citrus juicer with slots to catch them just leave them in the strainer. If any do make it through then the smaller ones will usually float and are easy to remove with a teaspoon, while the larger ones can be left at the bottom of the glass.
- Try to avoid having sugar, honey, maple syrup or other sweeteners with your lemon water as the simple sugars will reduce the benefits.
- Some people are concerned about the citric acid in lemons having a sensitizing effect on their tooth enamel. Till now I haven ‘t notice such problem by myself but it would make sense not to let the lemon water linger in your mouth and just drink it straight down.
- If you have ulcers or a known citrus allergy, you should not drink lemon water.
- Pregnant women should only drink lemon water in moderation and should consult a doctor first.
If the doctor gives you the green light, the water with lemon is beneficial for pregnant women. Since lemons are loaded with Vitamin C, it acts as an adaptogen helping the body cope with viruses such as colds. Furthermore, vitamin C helps the formation of bone tissue of the unborn baby. At the same time, due to the high content of potassium, a mixture of water with lemon helps forming cells of the brain and nervous system of the baby.
For such a simple drink, the list of lemon water benefits is impressive. Even if you’re not a big water drinker, you might find yourself reaching for a glass of lemon water because it’s really awesome for your body and mind.