Lemons are wonderful! Beyond all the great ways they can be used around the house for their cleaning properties, the little yellow fruit is also great for our bodies! Lemons are packed with vitamins and minerals, are an antioxidant that boosts the immune system, protects against cardiovascular disease and even has cancer-fighting properties. Drinking a glass of room temperature water with lemon juice every day can really make a big difference! The benefits of lemon water are endless but we have gathered our top 10 favorite properties!
1. Boosts the immune system
Lemons are high in vitamin C and potassium, which are great for fighting infections, stimulating brain and nerve function and controlling blood pressure.
2. Hydrates the lymph system
Drinking water and lemon help prevent dehydration and adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys, and along with your thyroid, create energy, and secrete important hormones, including aldosterone (which regulates water levels and the concentration of minerals). Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response. So you really don’t want to mess with those!
3. Enhances Mood
Lemon is energizing and mood-enhancing. It can also help fight stress and depression. The energy we receive from food comes from the atoms and molecules present in the food. A reaction occurs when the positively charged ions from food enter the digestive tract and interact with the negatively charged enzymes. Lemon is one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions, providing your body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract.
4. Detoxes the Liver
Lemon is a super all natural diuretic. Diuretics help flush out toxins and other unwanted wastes from the body and prevent urinary tract infections. Lemons juice helps strengthen the liver by providing energy to the enzymes within the liver. It also helps by balancing the oxygen levels as well as the calcium levels inside the liver.
5. Aids in Digestion
Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation. Definitely something that we all want! Lemons are full of vitamins and minerals which help flush out all the bad toxins that stick around in the digestive system. It also encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid required for digestion.
6. Balances pH
Even though lemons are acidic, they are actually an alkaline food once metabolized. Drinking lemon water every day will help reduce your body’s overall acidity.
7. Helps with weight loss
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet (see #6) lose weight faster.
8. Fights stress
Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when you subject your mind and body to stress. As mentioned previously, lemons are chock full of vitamin C.
9. Clears skin
The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and clear acne. 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.
10. Freshens breath
Lemon is a natural antibacterial and can help fight the bacteria responsible for bad breath. Not only this, but it can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. Watch out, though the citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should monitor this.