Lemon has many beneficial effects for our health, and people have used it since ancient times to boost their health. It has strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. Moreover, lemon strengthens the immune system and stimulates healthy weight loss process, because its juice aids in digestion and cleanses liver.
Lemon is loaded with an aboundance of healthy nutrients, including citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, limonene, phosphorus, zinc, manganese … Each of these strengthens immunity and fight infections in the organism.
Further in this article you will find out why is it so good to drink a cup of lemon water every morning.
Warm lemon water
To make this healthy drink you need some warm water (it does not have to boil). Avoid cold water, because the body needs more time to process cold than hot water.
Also, use fresh, organic lemon, if possible -- avoid store bought lemon juice. Juice ½ lemon and add it in a cup of warrm water. Drink your warm lemon water in the morning before you eat or drink anything.
The combination of warm water and lemon can be used in the treatment of many health problems, and what is great about it is that it has no side effects. Here is what you can use this refreshing drink for:
Warm lemon water is healthy because:
1. Stimulates digestion
Lemon juice eliminates harmful substances and toxins from the body. Thanks to its high-nutrient content, lemon juice stimulates the liver to produce the acid which is essential in the food digestion process.
Vitamins and minerals found in lemon juice cleanse the intestinal flora. The digestion properties of lemon relieve unpleasant symptoms in cases of indigestion, including abdominal pain, belching, bloating, and others. This drink is recommended for people who have problems with digestion, as it activates proper bowel movement.
2. Supports healthy weight loss process
You all know that lemon is good for weight loss. It affects the detoxification process in the body, provides strong anti-inflammatory effect, and in addition to this, it contains a lot of vitamin C, which makes it a powerful antioxidant.
We have already explained that lemon is rich in fiber, pectin, which positively affects the people who like to eat a lot and gain weight easily, because it reduces the food cravings and cuts off appetite. Add this lemon drink to your alkaline diet, and you will quickly get rid of excess pounds.
3. Refreshes breath
Many healthy foods (mint, parsley) including lemon, are ideal for people who have prolems with unpleasant breath. It not only makes your breath more fresh, but also relieves gum inflammation and toothache. Be careful, because the acid found in lemons can damage tooth enamel.
Therefore, it is not recommended that you brush your teeth right after you drink lemon water. First, clean your teeth, and drink your warm lemon water, or you can drink it, then brush your teeth after a while.
4. It is a powerful diuretic (cleanses the body)
Warm lemon water eliminates harmful materia from the body, as lemon affects the release of liquida, or to be more precise, makes you go to the bathroom more frequently.
Regular consumption of lemon stimulates the elimination of toxins, thus prevents bacteria growth and supports the normal function of the urinary tract. Citric acid stimulates the enzymes that affect the function of your liver, which is responsible for the detoxification of the entire organism.
5. Cleanses skin
Lemon is ideal for the skin on your face, or more precisely, it is ideal for oily skin. Antioxidants contained in lemon, can reduce wrinkles and remove blemishes from the skin, because they destroy free radicals that damage the body and the skin.
Vitamin C provides healthy and radiant skin -- it destroys bacteria that cause acne and pimples. Given that lemon and water affect the elimination of toxins from blood, it also keeps your skin healthy. If your body is clean from the inside, you will sure notice it on your skin. Vitamin C affects skin rejuvenation from the inside.
To sum up, regardless of whether you are using lemon water for oral or topical application (face rinse) it gives the same result -- a beautiful and healthy skin complexion.
6. Balances pH value in the body
Lemon is acidic by nature, but when it enters the body, it becomes alkaline, so it does not produce acid. In addition to citric acid, lemon also contains ascorbic acid, and these two acids are easily dissolved in the body, allowing the minerals to alkalize blood.
You should know that most diseases occur when the body has acidic pH values. Drink lemon water every day to maintain proper pH values in the body. This aids in the elimination of uric acid deposits in tissues and joints, which lead to inflammation and pain.
7. Strengthens immunity
Lemon is good for the immune system, because of its high content of vitamin C.
Its high-nutrient content strengthens the immune system, protects the body against colds and flu, relieves the symptoms of asthma and other respiratory diseases, improves brain function, regulates blood pressure, stimulates the absorption of iron in the body (iron plays an important role in the normal function of the immune system).
8. Stimulates healing
Ascorbic acid supports faster healing of wounds and injury, and protects bones, cartilage and connective tissue. Vitamin C, in combination with other nutrients contained in lemon, provides strong anti-inflammatory effect, improves the overall health of the body, especially after a disease, injury or surgery.
9. Gives energy and affects mood
The foods we eat, or their vitamins and minerals, give us the necessary strength and energy. Given that lemon is rich in minerals and vitamins, it also affects the production of energy necessary for normal function of the organism.
That is why we recommend consuming warm lemon water on a daily basis. In addition to this, the strong and pleasant aroma of lemon improves mood, and eliminates depression and anxiety.
10. Improves the function of the lymphatic system
Warm lemon water hydrates the lymphatic system, restoring the fluids that your body spends every day. The loss of fluids causes poor immunity, fatigue, lack of energy, constipation, insomnia, irritability, high or low blood pressure, etc.
Hydrate the lymphatic system to strengthen the immune system and improve your body’s resistance to diseases and microorganisms.
Now that you know all the healing properties of warm lemon water, the only thing you can do it to arm yourself with a sufficient amount of lemon, and start sipping this delicious and healthy drink tomorrow morning.