Lemon and its medicinal properties have been known since ancient times. It is not just food, but a natural remedy, rich in nutrients like vitamins C, A, B1, B6, folic acid, pectin, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc. There are numerous ways you can incorporate lemon into your everyday diet, but one of the best ways is drinking a glass of lukewarm water and lemon juice. Lemon is a superfood which can help prevent many diseases and thus stimulate our immune system’s efficiency, but it is also a great ally in weight loss battle. Lemon water should be taken in the morning on an empty stomach, but use lukewarm water because the body needs much more time to assimilate if the water is cold. Also, drink it 15 minutes before breakfast. Always use fresh lemon, the best would be organic and in that case, don’t forget to grate the lemon zest and use it for some delicious cake or sauce.
These are only several reasons why you should start your day with lemon water.
Boosts immune system and stimulates brain functions because it is rich in vitamin C, B2, B6 and potassium. Lemon is featured by antibacterial and antiviral properties which make lemon water perfect prevention against cold and flu. Potassium in lemon helps regulate blood pressure.
Assists in weight loss with the help of pectin which suppresses appetite. Studies have shown that people who use alkalizing foods lose weight faster and lemon is highly alkalized food, contrary to common misconception arising from the sour taste of lemon.
Balances pH levels in the body and it is an excellent diuretic. A glass of lemon water will help you eliminate a great number of toxins and detoxify your body thereby improving overall health and urinary tract in particular. Regularly drinking lukewarm lemon water will reduce the amount of uric acid whose crystals deposit in the body causing joint inflammation (gout).
Normalizes bowel movement. A glass of lukewarm lemon water is an ideal after a heavy meal because it stimulates the production of digestive juice and bile. It also prevents acid reflux and constipation. Lukewarm lemon juice regulates bowel movement and stimulates defecation thereby strengthening the immune system.
Refreshes breath and not only that, lemon water helps reduce pain and inflammation in the gums. However, since citric acid may erode teeth, we recommend you rinse your mouth with water after you finish drinking lemon water and do not drink it through a straw.
A glass of lemon water on an empty stomach helps in case of chronic fatigue and dehydration. When your body is weak, the organs do not function as they should, leading to accumulation of toxins, stress, constipation, and many other health issues.
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in lemon speeds up healing of the wounds and it is an essential nutrient for healthy bones, connective tissue and cartilage. Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory properties and a favorable effect on the cardiovascular system by raising HDL cholesterol levels (the so-called “good” cholesterol) and preventing LDL (“bad” fat) oxidation in the body. Moreover, vitamin C is a natural antihistamine which is why is it the perfect ally in the fight against various allergies.
It may be concluded that lemon water is an ideal drink to start your day with and to keep your body healthy and vital. Do not miss a chance to prove that to yourself especially if you are susceptible to colds or a few extra pounds extra are your worst enemy.
Translation: G. Dujmović