A few years ago, I developed a habit of drinking lemon water on an empty stomach as soon as I woke up.
I realized that the refreshing taste really woke me up, my digestion improved and I also felt happy knowing that I was giving my body vitamins C and B, calcium, iron, magnesium and other important antioxidants and enzymes.
Such simple and small habits that you develop can help you build a strong body that thwarts off diseases. If you choose to be lazy and not adopt such a healthy, but simple, habit then you might become a passive contributor towards your own health issues.
So if you’re looking forward to improving your health and overall life, then all you have to do is make it a regular habit of drinking lemon water as soon as you wake up. It has numerous benefits that I am listing below so that you know how such a simple step can contribute towards your overall good health!
1. Improve your digestion:
Lemon juice helps you helps you flush out the toxins from your body. It hydrates your colon, encourages bile production and infuses water into your stool that enables easy discharge of the waste products from your body. It also helps take care of indigestion, bloating and heart burn.
2. Stronger immune system:
That’s right. Lemons are packed with vitamin C and it helps your body fight cold and flu and builds a stronger immune system. Apart from that it also helps your body absorb more iron from the food that you consume.
3. Prevents dehydration:
During the summer months, it is common for your body to lose fluids through sweating and consuming lemons keeps you hydrated. Since it has a refreshing and cooling taste, add some lemon juice to your glass of water to add some zing to it and you will find yourself reaching out for that glass of lemon water regularly throughout the day and that is beneficial for you!
4. Boosts your energy:
Drinking lemon water instantly rejuvenates you and you feel fresh and energetic, ready to face the rest of your day.
5. Younger, youthful skin:
Lemons are packed with antioxidants that fight off free radicals that are responsible for the pre-mature aging of your skin. It also contains vitamin C that helps you maintain skin elasticity and thereby delays the onset of wrinkles and also helps fight spots and blemishes.
6. Fight inflammation:
Lemons help remove the build up of uric acid in your joints which becomes a major reason for inflammation and arthritis problems later on.
7. Helps you lose weight:
It has been observed that drinking lemon water helps you avoid cravings, keeps you feeling full for longer hours and even boosts your natural metabolism and all these together help you get rid of those unwanted flabs.
8. Prevent diseases and health problems:
If you land up accumulating too much of acid in your body, you are inviting complains like inflammation, obesity, fatal diseases like cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. To balance this, you must alkalize your body and consuming lemons help you do that.
9. Cleanses your body:
Lemons are known to flush out toxins from your body and thus help you fight damage to your cells, tissues and organs. It is a diuretic that helps clean your urinary tract and can balance your body’s pH levels that help prevent bacterial growth. So if you suffer from frequent complains of Urinary Tract Infections, or the UTIs, then consuming lemons can help you get rid of that problem. It also promotes a healthy liver and encourages it to work efficiently.
10. Antibacterial and antiviral properties:
If you drink lemon water regularly, you are less likely to develop a cold, flu and sore throats. This is because lemons have antibacterial and antiviral properties.
11. Controls your mucus and phlegm secretion:
If you suffer from excessive mucus and phlegm secretion, then consuming lemon water everyday will help keep such problems at bay.
12. Say goodbye to bad breath:
Drinking lemon water can help you fight off harmful bacteria that imparts a bad smell and thereby gives you a refreshing breath. However, don’t just directly consume lemon juice undiluted as the high concentration of citric acid in lemon juices can erode your tooth enamel. It’s always better to dilute it with water.
13. Improves your overall life:
Widely prevalent problems like depression and stress can be handled and fought by regularly drinking lemon juice as it brings you instant rejuvenation and helps you focus with more clarity. It is packed with potassium and magnesium that have a positive effect on the brain and nervous system.
14. Fights cancer:
Lemon juice is also known for helping fight cancer as it alkalizes your body, thereby preventing the creation of an acidic environment within the body that caner loves to thrive upon. The antioxidants in lemons alkalize your body and could stop the growth of cancer cells.
15. Get rid of caffeine:
If you’ve been unsuccessfully trying to get over your caffeine addiction, then drinking lemon water every morning can aid you to a great extent. It provides you the same energy to wake you up as a cup of your favourite coffee does.
How can you make lemon water?
It is obvious that after listing down such amazing benefits of a simple drink, you’d only like to know how to make it. Well, let me tell you that it is rather easy and won’t take more than five minutes of your day!
Just squeeze half a lemon in a glass of water and you are good to go. You can make it one whole lemon if you weigh 150 pounds or more.
I recommend that you ensure that the water is at room temperature as taking hot or cold water will take some time to be processed by your body, while drinking lemon water when it is at room temperature can instantly energize you!
Since you will start loving this drink, especially with summer hitting us all in full swing, feel free to have as many glasses of this refreshing drink as you’d like throughout the day!