Drinking lemon water in the morning has become another health craze that has swept the nation. But unlike many other trends that die out after a few months, this one is still going strong after years of people hailing its benefits. It’s cheap and easy to make so it’s easy to understand why it’s so popular. All you have to do is add a chunk of lemon to some warm water and voila, a ‘detox’ drink that’s light and refreshing. Here are the 5 Top Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water every morning before breakfast.
1. Aids digestion
Drinking lemon water first thing can help to flush out your digestive system and rehydrate your body after a long period of fasting (sleep!). It’s a great way to wake up your body, helps your digestive system to get rid of toxins and generally helps your body along with its natural detox. When your digestive system is working properly you’ll notice positive effects on your energy levels and your mood.
2. Weight loss
By drinking a mug of lemon water you’re helping to not only hydrate your body but to fill up your stomach. Fluids can be as filling as solid food so having lemon water before your breakfast can keep you full for much longer, preventing over-eating and weight gain. It can also help to boost your metabolism which is known to be an important part of losing weight, along with regular exercise.
3. Immune boost
Lemons contain a good amount of vitamin C, on average 30-50mg per lemon depending on its size. Our daily recommended intake of vitamin C is 40mg so one mug of lemon water will help you on your way to getting enough vitamin C for the day. Vitamin C boosts your immune system which helps to prevent illness like the common cold and it also gives you an energy boost first thing in the morning.
4. Glowing skin
The detoxifying effects of lemon water help to keep your skin clear. The vitamin C also has this effect and can give your skin a lovely glow. Vitamin C is also vital for collagen production which is known for its anti-ageing effect on the skin and if you’re suffering with acne drinking lemon water daily could clear up your spots. It’s worth a try!
5. Prevents kidney stones
Lemons have the highest concentration of citrate which slows down the rate at which kidney stones form, in many cases preventing them forming to a dangerous level altogether. Along with preventing kidney stones lemons have antibacterial properties which can prevent many kinds of inflammations and infections. Note how many cleaning products use lemon!
Having a cup of lemon water daily will provide you with all of these benefits, but be aware that the citric acid in lemons erodes enamel so make sure to drink lukewarm water (rather than hot) and to rinse your mouth out before brushing your teeth afterwards. Follow these guidelines and you should see big improvements in your health when accompanied by a healthy balanced diet. Let us know what benefits you notice in your health!