Seriously? Lemon water? Just lemon water? It all seemed way too simple. Then I tried it. This easy little trick. Every day. Consistently. I was hooked! Little did I realize this simple twist on my regular drink of choice would make such a grand difference… really!
1. Lemons are a nutrient powerhouse
You can’t believe the punch list of minerals and vitamins found in this little, yellow fruit. Minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium, copper, zinc, manganese and selenium. Actually, lemons contain most of the essential minerals that are required by the human body. And, let’s not forget the vitamins. Lemon juice contains high amounts of vitamin C, thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin E, retinol, folate and folic acid. Whew!
2. Lemons rock the potassium.
This little lemon…actually the juice of only half of that little lemon provides your body with a potassium boost. Who knew? That means it bolsters brain function, nerve function, and brain function, too!
3. Lemons support good digestion.
You know that heartburn, burping and bloating that you sometimes get? Lemons can help with that. They aid in the production of gastric juices…which need to be plentiful and powerful to digest your food properly. They also oust the toxins in your digestive tract, relieving symptoms and helping to make digestions smooth and easy.
4. Lemons scrub your system.
Lemons help flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, and stimulating your liver. A glass of lemon water in the morning is one of the best liver tonics you can find.
5. Lemons sweeten your breath.
Although alkalinizing to the body, the acidity in the lemons helps to remove bacteria in the mouth. It can also help relieve toothaches and gingivitis. Lemons are an antibacterial superhero!
6. Lemons keep your skin glowing.
The free radical destroying lemon keeps your skin radiant by helping to decrease blemishes and fight wrinkle, too! This powerful fruit works to detoxify the blood helping you maintain beautiful, radiant skin.
7. Lemons are anti-inflammatory.
Even though lemons seem acidic in nature, they are very alkalinizing to the body. This process of alkalization decreases your body’s acidity and reduces inflammation. An acidic body is prone to disease… alkalinizing is the key and lemons are the answer
8. Lemons boost your energy without caffeine.
Lemon water is the perfect replacement for that morning cup of Joe. Hot or cold it immediately provides your body with energy when it enters your system. And, as an extra added benefit, the scent of a lemon has proven mood enhancing properties. The smell alone can brighten your mood, help clear your mind, and calm you nerves.
9. Lemons fight viral infections.
Warm lemon water not only boost your immune system, it has superhuman abilities to ward off viral infections and quell a sore throat. It’s a powerful infection fighter and should be wrapped into your routine at the first sign of illness.
10. Lemons help keep you regular.
Lemons contain pectin fiber super beneficial for colon health and regularity.
So, how much should I drink?
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a glass of water and drink it every morning before eating. You can use cold water, or create a soothing tea using warm water. It’s one of the most substantial yet simple changes you can make for your health!