Saturday, 27 September 2014

Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

Lemon water has become a new part of my daily routine. In the morning when I get to work usually I would opt for a cup of coffee! I've kicked that habit, and have replaced it with lemon water.

Squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lemon into warm water. Warm water works best, as cold water takes a while to absorb and hot water can kill some nutrients.

At first I was not a big fan of the taste, but you get used to it, and now I really enjoy it. I do this first thing in the morning when I am half asleep (yes at work), then by the time I'm finished, I'm ready for the day!

I had actually been doing this for while without realising the benefits. Here is some awesome info from


11 Benefits of Lemon Water

1. Gives your immune system a boost
Vitamin C is like our immune system’s jumper cables, and lemon juice is full of it. The level of vitamin C in your system is one of the first things to plummet when you’re stressed, which is why experts recommended popping extra vitamin C during especially stressful days.

2. Excellent source of potassium
As already mentioned, lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function.

3. Aids digestion
Lemon juice not only encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, it helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating.

4. Cleanses your system
It helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver.

5. Freshens your breath
It also helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis (say wha?). Because the citric acid can erode tooth enamel, either hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water or brush your teeth before drinking it.

6. Keeps your skin blemish-free
The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too! It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.

7. Helps you lose weight
Lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings.

8. Reduces inflammation
If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, it will decrease the acidity in your body, which is where disease states occur. It removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation.

9. Gives you an energy boost
Lemon juice provides your body with energy when it enters your digestive tract, and it also helps reduce anxiety and depression. (Even the scent of lemons has a calming effect on your nervous system!)

10. Helps to cut out caffeine
I didn’t believe this until I tried it, but replacing my morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water has really done wonders! I feel refreshed, and no longer have to deal with that pesky afternoon crash. Plus, my nerves are thankful.

11. Helps fight viral infections
Warm lemon water is the most effective way to diminish viral infections and their subsequent sore throats. Plus, with the lemon juice also boosting your immune system, you’ll simultaneously fight off the infection completely.

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