The practice has shown that the best things in life are extremely simply.
Well, if we start from there, it doesn’t mean that the miracles we look for in order to improve our health are complicated or strange.
Conversely, it seems that the rule is the same there as well. For instance, one of the simplest homemade remedies, lemon water, can provide incredible results!
Lemon water is less boring than water, it adds up to your daily water need, and adds tons of benefits for body and mind, as it improves your life and restores your wellbeing.
Even though it sounds too simple to work, all you need to do in order to feel amazing health benefits is to drink a cup of lemon water the first thing in the morning!
Lemons are undoubtedly one of the healthiest and most versatile fruits! These beneficial fruits are abundant in vitamin C, B, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, enzymes, antioxidants, and fibers.
The habit to regularly consume this drink will make you fresh from the start of your day, it will stimulate digestion and detoxify your entire body.
Well, since it is proven that lemon water significantly improves your health, there is no reason why you should wait even longer and not include lemon water in your daily routine. As Ayurveda believes, our choices in life regarding our daily routine either build up resistance to diseases or tear it down.
Preparation- Lemon Water
The method of preparation is really simple, easy. And it takes no more than 5 minutes. Simply squeeze half a lemon in a cup of lukewarm water. Note that you should use a whole lemon, if you weigh more than 150 pounds.
Use lukewarm (or room temperature) water, instead of cold or hot, in order to slowly wake up your body and encourage digestion. Hot and cold water need more energy to process.
If you like the taste of lemon juice, and the feeling after you drink it, you can consume it throughout the whole day as well, in cold, hot or again, lukewarm water.
This routine of consuming lemon water on an empty stomach every day can completely change your life. Here are 15 reasons why you should not hesitate and try it:
Many of us are addicted to the morning cup of coffee. Namely, lemon water will help you avoid it, as it similarly boosts the energy levels and helps your body to wake up.
2. Boosts Energy levels
After you drink it in the morning, this lemon drink will boost your energy levels and will improve your mood.
3. Improves Digestion
Lemon juice has a similar structure as your stomach’s juices. Also, it loosens and detoxifies the digestive tract. Lemon juice will help the bowel movement in the morning, it triggers bile production, hydrates your colon, and infuses water in your stool. Furthermore, this juice can help indigestion, heartburn, and bloating.
4. Antibacterial and Antiviral Effect
The strong antibacterial and antiviral qualities of lemon will help you prevent and fight the flu, cold, and soothe a sore throat. To tell the truth, if you drink lemon water every morning, you are less likely to get these in the first place.
Lemons are excellent in detoxifying your entire body. They eliminate toxins, and thus help in the prevention of toxic deposits and the damage to your cells, tissues, and organs.
Also, lemons loosen and eliminate waste from your digestive tract and cleanse your colon. They trigger the work of the liver and the production of enzymes.
Lemons act as a diuretic as well, so they discard toxins from the urinary tract and change the pH levels which discourage bacterial growth. Hence, lemon water can also be extremely effective in the case of UTI (urinary tract infection).
6. Reduces Inflammation
Inflammations are almost always a result of deposits of uric acid, and lemons remove this acid from the joints.
7. Makes Your Skin Healthy And Rejuvenated
Vitamin C which can be found in lemons in high amounts can aid to maintain your skin’s elasticity, in order to prevent the formation of wrinkles and reduce blemishes. Also, lemons are rich in antioxidants which inhibit free radical damage, which are the ones responsible for the premature aging of your skin.
8. Boosts Immune System
Lemon juice is abundant in vitamin C, so it helps strengthen the immune system and fights cold and flu. Lemons also enhance the ability to absorb more iron from the food. Apart from vitamin C which is vital for a strong immune system, iron is also extremely important.
9. Alkalizes Your Body
The acidic state of the body can cause inflammation, obesity, and major diseases like cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. In contrary, even though it is sour in taste, the lemon is one of the most alkalizing food sources on Earth.
10. Stimulates Weight Loss
Lemon water is really useful in the process of melting fat and weight loss. Lemons will boost your metabolism, assist in fighting hunger cravings and will keep you feel full for longer, so you will no longer need to snack between meals.
11. Boosts Brain Power
Lemon water promotes mental clarity and makes you more focused, so it is perfect for students and people with busy and stressful jobs. Lemons are abundant in potassium and magnesium, and thus, they are excellent for the brain and nerve health. Additionally, the consumption of lemon water will also help you get rid of stress and fight depression.
12. Reduces Mucus And Phlegm
Start your day with a cup of lemon water, in order to reduce mucus and phlegm formation. Moreover, you need to know that the consumption of cow’s milk can make you more sensitive for mucus production.
13. Fresh Breath
Lemon water will be very effective for your overall oral health. Yet, do not drink or use lemon juice undiluted, as the citric acid can damage your tooth enamel. Therefore, drink it in lemon water, and do not brush your teeth with it. Furthermore, lemons eliminate mouth bacteria and freshen up your breath.
14. Anti-cancer properties
Lemons include antioxidants which decrease the risk of several types of cancer, apart from enhancing your skin. You all know that cancer cells in an acidic environment, and lemons neutralize acids. So, alkalization leads to cancer prevention, or inhibition of cancer cells growth.
15. Hydrates Your Body
Our body needs to be well hydrated all the time, especially in the summer. Even though drinking water is the best solution, lemon water can also offer a lot of benefits, so drink as much as you want, and your body will remain hydrated and healthy.
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About The Author:
“Amy Goodrich is a certified biologist, holistic health coach and a life and food lover. She is the founder of the healthy lifestyle website www.Body-in-Balance.org and creator of the online program, www.ThinForever.me. You can find here on Facebook or Google+ or get her free clean, whole food recipe eBook here: http://www.body-in-balance.org/amys-home-kitchen-recipe-book/”