We love lemon in warm water, and you should too! Bursting with benefits, we reveal 10 ways in which this medicinal drink can cleanse, detoxify and balance you everyday. With this long list of benefits, we guarantee you will start incorporating lemon water into your MNB morning routine!
1. Assists Digestion
Lemon juice has a similar atomic structure as your natural digestive juices. Drinking lemon in warm water 15 minutes before a meal will kickstart your digestive system and stimulate those gastric enzymes. It aids digestion and cleases the bowel by flushing out waste more efficiently. It is also reduces indigestion and bloating. Lemon water also assists your body to absorb the nutrients from food more efficiently. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.
2. Balances your immune system
Lemons are rich in vitamin C which assists the body at fighting colds and flu’s. Their potassium and calcium content also helps stimulate the brain and nerve function. Lemons also enhance the body’s ability to absorb iron, an important factor for a healthy immune system.
3. Balances PH
Your body regulates a pH balance for optimal function. As lemon is one of the most alkaline foods, drinking lemon water will reduce the overall acidity. Too much acidity can be innflammatory in the body and most of us are in fact acidic. Although lemons contain citric acid, it does not create acidity within the body once metabolized and it is actually quite alkalising.
4. Clears skin
The antioxidant properties of lemons help combat free radicals within the body, known to be responsible for the signs of ageing. The antioxidants act as radical quenching scavengers and reduce wrinkles and blemishes. The vitamin C content of lemons also promote collagen synthesis for healthy looking skin.
Lemon in warm water can act as a liver cleaser with its antioxidant content by assisting in detoxification. It stimulates and purifies the liver by encouraging the production of bile, and important agent required for digestion. It also promotes healthy liver function by strengthening liver enzymes.
6. Revitalises body and mind
Lemons can help you stay Zen calm by replenishing the body with important vitamins and minerals like vitamin C and potassium. When the body is stressed, one of the first vitamins to be depleted is vitamin C, and being a water soluble vitamin, vitamin C must be replenished each day – why not through lemon water!
7. Assists with weight loss and hunger
Lemons are chock full of pectin, a soluble fibre found among citrus fruits which helps create a feeling of fullness and results in you feeling more satiated. When you feel full for longer after meals, you’re less likely to snack on sweets or make poor food choices later.
8. Natural diuretic
As lemon juice is a natural diuretic by encouraging the production of urine, it can help cleanse the urinary tract. As a result of purifying your body, toxins are expelled at a faster rate, helping to keep you cleanses and healthy. Lemon juice can also alkalize the pH level of the urinary tract which discourages the proliferation of bad bacteria such as e coli and Candida.
9. Stimulates lymphatic function
The lymphatic system which is another area responsible for eliminating toxins out of the body requires as much hydration as the rest of the body. As well as cleansing your palate on the way down, lemon water hydrates your lymph system which helps stimulate the elimination process from your lymphatics.
10. Promotes overall wellness
The bioflavonoid content of lemons (sometimes referred to as vitamin P) are super antioxidants. Not only do they give lemons their distinct yellow colour, they prevent internal haemorrhage, have beneficial effects on capillary permeability and can be a great way to reduce blood pressure. Bioflavonoids also support strong cell formation, anti-inflammatory and can deliver an anti-carcinogenic effect.