As simple as it sounds Lemon water has a lot of benefits. Technically, Lemon juice and water are combined to create the revitalizing morning drink known as lemon water. It can be served cold or hot and with or without additional ingredients like lemon zest, mint leaves, honey, turmeric, or other ingredients. Because of its alleged ability to increase energy and metabolism, it is well-liked. According to Medical News Today, since lemons are rich in vitamin C – a cup of lemon juice provides around 21% of a person’s daily value (DV).
To understand the benefits of lemon water, we have to talk about water which is 98% of the lemon juice combo.
- It helps relieve constipation
- It helps in all round metabolism of the body
- Helps with mental health by increasing the mood and memory retention.
- Helps with weight loss
- Helps improve athletic performance
- Helps improve focus and concentration
Benefits of Lemon Water?
A good source of hydration
As aforementioned, Lemon water primarily contains water and can be a good source of hydration for someone tired of the taste of plain ol’water. Water itself makes up 75% of the body weight of an infant and 55% of an adult making it critically important.
For extra goodness, start your day with a glass or two (especially on an empty stomach) to stimulate your metabolism and bowel movement.
Helps Strengthen the immune system
With a high level of Vitamin C, Lemon water helps immune system function better, wound healing, and helping the body absorb iron from foods. Additionally, it is also rich in vitamin B, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and enzymes.
It contains Flavonoids and Antioxidants
Lemons are rich in Vitamin c, a powerful antioxidant, as well as flavonoids, plant compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
For better understanding, antioxidants protect the body’s cells from damage by clearing out free radicals which cause illnesses and aging. That said, taking Lemon water can help reduce the risk of many health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.
Citrus flavonoids also reduce inflammation in the body including health conditions like arthritis.
Helps kick-start the digestion process in the morning
Lemon water is great for digestion. Remember, since it’s primarily water-It also helps with bloating, indigestion and heartburn. Furthermore, lemon is known to stimulate the production of bile and gastric juices, which can help to prevent gas formation.
Lemon water aids weight loss
Lemon juice has few calories by nature. A healthy way to cut calories and take a step toward healthy weight management is to swap sugary soda for fresh lemon water.
Provides a good amount of potassium
Lemons (in fact all fruits and vegetables) contain potassium. And well, since your body can’t function without potassium – taking Lemon water helps with nerve-muscle communication, transporting nutrients and waste and blood pressure regulation.
Hot vs Cold Lemon Water
When it boils down to what temperature of lemon water is best suitable – hot or cold? Just do you. Some sources contend that drinking it cold increases calorie burning, while others contend that drinking it warm enhances digestive health.
Lemon water is safe to consume, but over time, its acid can erode tooth enamel and increase a tooth’s susceptibility to cavities. It is best to avoid brushing your teeth right after drinking lemon water because it can damage your teeth if you drink acidic beverages without a straw. If you enjoy drinking lemon water in the morning, brush your teeth before breakfast.
Bottom line: Use a straw, rinse your mouth after, brush your teeth before (not after) your healthy dose of lemon water.
How to make Lemon Water
Ingredients: lemon fruit (not juice), water (plain)
Lemon water is exactly what it sounds like—water mixed with lemon juice or lemon slices and/or peel. Water can be either warm or cold. If desired, you can also include additional ingredients and flavors, like orange or mint. The lemons can be juiced (if convenient, beforehand) and even frozen in ice cube trays. Before juicing, rolling a lemon between your hands or on a surface is said to produce more juice. If you want to add lemon slices to water or use the lemon zest, unwaxed lemons are the best option. If you can only find waxed lemons, gently scrub the peel before using.