Lemons are rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C, an antioxidant that boosts the immune system, protects against cardiovascular disease and even has cancer-fighting properties. Adding a glass of two of water with lemon juice into your diet is an easy way to meet the daily recommended allowance for vitamin C and keep your body functioning smoothly. Lemons are also high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.
Here are just 10 of the ways water with lemon is beneficial to health:
1. Boosts your Immune System
Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. Lemons are also an excellent source of vitamin B6, iron and potassium, and a very good source of dietary fiber and vitamin C. They also contain calcium, copper, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.
Drinking one half-cup of lemon juice every day raises citrate levels in the urine. Studies have shown that this could protect against calcium stones in the kidney.
3. Lemon Juice is Anti-Bacterial
You can use a solution of half lemon juice and half hot water as an effective gargle for mouth ulcers, canker sores and sore throats. The anti-bacterial properties make it highly effective, plus it’s inexpensive and pleasant tasting. Lemon juice can even be dabbed directly on cold sores.
4. Lemon Water Aids Digestion
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that required for digestion. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.
5. Acts as a Diuretic
Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which helps purify it. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clears Skin
The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. It can actually be applied directly to scars to help reduce their appearance. If you have acne, you can also rub slices of lemon directly onto your skin and then rinse with tepid water. It will help clear pimples. Lemons are also a natural exfoliant and will help to remove dead skin cells to reveal brighter skin.
7. Contributes to Healthy Alkalinity
Lemon water has an alkalizing effect in the body. Even if you drink it just before any meal, it will help your body maintain a higher pH than if you didn’t drink it. The higher or more alkaline your pH, the more your body is resistant to minor and major disease.
8. Relieves Respiratory Problems
Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and can stop annoying coughs. It’s thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies too.
9. Lemons are Rich in Bioflavonoids
Lemons are a tasty source of bioflavonoids, which are natural compounds in some fruits and vegetables. If you haven’t yet heard of them, you soon will. Here are just some of the reasons why you could benefit from bioflavonoids in your diet:
• They protect against damage caused by free radicals, and enhance the antioxidant effects of some nutrients.
• They help maintain capillaries and help the blood clot. Weak capillaries can lead to easy bruising, brain and retinal hemorrhages, bleeding gums and other abnormalities.
• They may help prevent heart diseases.
• They act as natural antibiotics and may protect the body from cancer-causing substances.
10. Whole Body Health
Lemons and limes are high in potassium. Potassium is an important mineral that works with sodium for smooth electrical transmission in the brain and nervous system. Depression, anxiety, fogginess, and forgetfulness can often be traced to low potassium blood levels. That same nervous system needs potassium to assure steady signals to the heart. So your heart health is improved from the lemon water’s potassium.