Zesty, bright and jam-packed with life-giving awesomeness, lemons boast a laundry list of health benefits, each of which can be employed in a multitude of ways. Not only used in the kitchen to amp up flavor profiles, the zesty fruit is also known to treat a multitude of maladies, while laying claim to some key fat-burning characteristics.
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First off, with such a healthy dose of Vitamin C tied to its name, lemons trail only oranges in terms of Vitamin C content. With that said, it is believed that downing a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning can help jump-start your immune system, which of course is more enjoyable to consume as opposed to chomping down on a wedge as you would do with its citrusy cousin—no judgement on the latter though, we promise.
One tablespoon alone will give you 15 percent of the recommended daily dose, on top of other electrolyte-boosting minerals like magnesium and potassium. Today, there are a plethora of trends, tidbits and old-wives tales about the benefits of lemons, that taking time to sift through those of which are true, can in fact be quite taxing.
A true believer of its wondrous powers ourselves, here are five reasons why health enthusiasts would promote lemon water as a ritualistic morning routine:
Fights Infections & Boosts the Immune System
Helping to reduce acidity, the vitamin C found in lemons helps your body fortify the immune system by killing off bacteria. Potassium, on the other hand, promotes good cardiovascular health.
Aids in Digestive Health
Rich in citric acid, consuming lemon water will help your stomach break down foods by supporting the production of enzymes, such as bile. The putrid looking dark green/yellowish goop produced by the liver is released to emulsify lipids in food.
Supports Weight Loss
By balancing your body’s natural pH levels, fewer toxins are produced. This coupled with the pectin found in lemons will help to decrease hunger, allowing the liver to metabolize fats faster.
Beautifies the Skin
Lemons have natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which is great at combating pimples and other pesky skin ailments like dark spots and blemishes. Thanks largely to the density of citric acid found within the fruit, drinking lemon water can be an effective skincare tool.
Boosts Brain Power
Potassium found in lemons are known to fight off stress by clearing the mind while enhancing both, brain and nerve function. As a total package, lemon-infused water can help with concentration levels, processing speed and memory. Go brain go.
In truth, squeezing fresh lemon juice in your water as an early morning “primer” is an ideal way to jump start your day. Given that many of us stuff our gobs with tasty foods that do our bodies more harm than good, not to mention the amount of free-radicals ingested everyday from just breathing alone, consuming a healthy portion of the liquid mixture can help offset some of these unfortunate circumstances. What are you waiting for? Give it a go and let us know what you think.