Many people order water with lemon at restaurants, but you might not always drink it at home. However, lemon water is extremely healthy for you if consumed consistently and on a daily basis! Below are just some of the positive health effects of adding lemon to your water.
Remember: ALWAYS use fresh lemon juice; bottled lemon juice often contains sulfites and other harmful chemicals that will negatively affect your health instead of helping it!
Lemons contain citric acid, which can prevent kidney stones by raising the urine’s citrate levels and dissolving calcium particles before they can build up.
Lemons promote the production of digestive enzymes in the liver; if consumed in the morning this can improve your digestion throughout the day and prevent constipation.
Pectin (a soluble fiber found in lemons) can improve gut health and slow the digestion of sugars and starches, which reduces blood sugar levels. However, you must drink the pulp to receive these benefits so make sure you use fresh lemons!
The tartness of lemons stimulates saliva production and prevents dry mouth, which can lead to bad breath created by bacteria.
Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is beneficial for so many things:
Protects cells from free radicals
Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke
Lowers blood pressure
Reduce skin wrinkling, dry skin, and sun damage
Lemons are also high in calcium, potassium, and folate, essential nutrients for proper functioning of the human body.
Lemons promote hydration by making water taste better, so you are more likely to drink a greater quantity and more often!
Certain plant compounds in lemons have been shown to aid in weight loss.
The vitamin C and citric acid found in lemons improves your body’s ability to absorb iron from plant sources.
D-limonene and naringenin (plant compounds found in lemons) were shown to have anticancer effects when ingested regularly!
With so many amazing health benefits, lemons are a great addition to your water! Not only will it taste better, you will feel better, as well!