The lemon is widely known for its health benefits. It is rich in magnesium, fibers, enzymes, potassium, calcium, antioxidants, iron, calcium and vitamins C and B. Moreover, it is known for its weight loss aid as well as for its antiviral, immune-boosting, and antibacterial properties. Don’t hesitate and start your day with a glass of warm lemon water. This simple routine will do wonders for your health.
All you need to do is to squeeze ½ fresh lemon in a glass of lukewarm water. It is recommended to use organic lemon, not bottled one. Drink the water right away. This should be the first thing you do in the morning, before you eat and workout.
1. Cleanses Your System and is a Diuretic
Being an antiseptic acid, lemon juice has the ability to cleanse your entire system, flushing out all harmful chemicals andtoxins. As it increases urination to flush all toxins, it helps in normal bowel movement. In addition, lemon water helps in increasing the production of enzymes that stimulate liver detoxification function.
2. Clears Skin
According to many studies, lemon contains antioxidants that help in compensating dead skin cells. It also heals blemishes, and fights any free radical that could potentially harm the skin. Finally, it helps in the fight against bacteria that cause acne, it revitalizes the damaged ski, it delays the process of aging and it leads to youthful and more glowing skin.
3. Boosts Your Immune System
It is a well-known fact that lemon is one of the best sources of vitamin C. As a result, it increases immune system resistance to diseases and it helps in fighting common colds. It is rich in potassium as well, a mineral that helps in controlling blood pressure levels.
Thanks to its high vitamin C or ascorbic acid content, it provides anti-inflammatory properties. This is really important because it helps in the treatment of various respiratory issues and it lessens asthma attacks.
In addition to all this, lemon contains saponin, a phytochemical which acts as powerful antimicrobial agent and it helps in preventing cold and flu.
4. Boost Brain Power
Moreover, it can boost energy level and improve your mood because it fights stress and depression.
It helps you concentrate and focus better, which is the reason why students and people with stressful work are recommended to consume lemon water.
5. Balances pH levels
We already know that citric and ascorbic acid helps to alkalize the blood. Lemons contain both of them, and as a result they have the ability to balance the acidity in the body. According to many studies, when the body`s pH is acidic is the time when disease occur. Regular consumption of lemon water can regulate the acidity in the body and thus, prevent diseases such as uric acid.
6. Promotes Better Digestion
According to many studies, lemon water improves the absorption of aluminum hydroxide, an antacids active ingredient which then helps in controlling the acid level in the stomach.
Finally, lemon water cleanses the liver and by doing so, it promotes more bile production. The bile is an acid which is essential for good digestion. Being an antiseptic acid, the lemon helps cleanse and flush out toxins in the digestive tract. Finally, it relieves indigestion issues, such as belching, bloating and heartburn.
7. Hydrates Your Lymph System
The lymph system has a huge role in our body’s immune system.
It the body is dehydrated, you will notice the symptoms of sluggishness, tiredness and a drop in the immune system, leading to low/high blood pressure, constipation, stress, low energy level, unfocused mind, and bad sleep.
Drinking lemon water compensates, hydrates, and replaces the lost fluids in the body, leading to prevention of the aforementioned conditions.
8. Anti-Cancer Agent
First of all, lemons are rich in antioxidant that delay the process of aging, thus reduce the risk of cancer cells. Moreover, it s a good neutralizer acid which prevents acidic environment, the one in which cancer cells grow and multiply.
As mentioned above, lemon water has the ability to heal scars and blemishes. Besides that, it helps in healing and maintaining healthy tissues, cartilages and bones.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties it promotes good health and fast recovery from injuries and stress. When combined with other vitamins and minerals, its activity is even more potent.
10. Helps in Weight Loss
Lemon is a great ingredient when it comes to dieting and weight loss process because it contains pectin, a set of polysaccharides with gel-properties, a fiber helping fight cravings for food. According to a research, people who follow an alkaline diet tend to lose weight much faster.
11. Freshens Breath
The lemon is a citrus fruit that is very refreshing and it gives a freshly scent. It relieves the symptoms of gingivitis and toothaches.
It is recommended to rinse the mouth with clean, purified water after consuming lemon water.
12. Energizes and Enhances Your Mood
It is a well-known fact that vitamin C is great mood enhancer. As lemon is rich in vitamin C and important micronutrients, it has the ability to reduce fatigue, depression, stress, anxiety and it helps our mood to be more positive.
Original article by www.healthyfoodadvice.net
Republished with permission of the author.