12 Almost Unbelievable And Outrageous Benefits Of Lemon Water

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You might have heard a great deal of talk on Facebook and other social media sites about the wonders of drinking lemon water in the morning and wondered what all the fuss was about. Perhaps you don’t believe most of the “hype” that you have heard surrounding the lemon water phenomenon.

We don’t blame you. There is so much misinformation out there that it’s easy to want to just dismiss stories like this. We are using this article to sift through the junk and the hype and tell you the truth about the health benefits of drinking lemon water.

There truly are at least 12 unbelievable health benefits you can get from drinking lemon water. Keep reading and find out the truth about this incredibly health drink that has so much to offer us, it’s almost unbelievable.

 

1. Cleanses the Body

Lemon water will stimulate the liver to produce more bile, which will improve your body’s natural detoxification system. When the liver works better, the body is cleansed of toxins and other types of harmful agents.

 

2. Improves the Digestion

There are several compounds in lemons which stimulate the liver to produce more bile; this will lead to an improved digestion. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach will result in much lower levels of indigestion, bloating, belching, and heartburn. Lemon water will also prevent constipation by smoothing out the overall function of the bowels. Even the American Cancer Society recommends drinking lemon water to those with cancer to help stimulate bowel movements. If you suffer from constipation, digestive problems, or even chronic indigestion, drinking a glass of lemon with water in the morning will go a long way towards relieving those types of problems.

 

3. Reduces Inflammation

Although lemons are acidic by nature, they turn alkaline once consumed. By drinking lemon water regularly, you will help to lower the acidity of the body. Cancer and other disease start in and thrive in an acidic environment. Drinking lemon water will also help your body remove uric acid from the joints, which is one of the main causes of gout and the inflammation that causes arthritis.

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4. It Can Help Your Weight Loss Efforts

If you are one of the many Americans who are trying to drop a few pounds, drinking lemon water can help! Lemons are high in pectin, a type of fiber which helps to stop those in between meal hunger pangs and food craving. Adding a bit of honey and cayenne pepper to your lemon water will increase your metabolism, which will aid you in burning more calories without even trying.

 

5. Cleans the Urinary Tract

If you have ever had a urinary tract infection, then you know how painful they can be. Lemon water is a natural but mild diuretic which can help to keep the urinary tract clean. Lemons will also change the pH level of the entire urinary tract, which will discourage the growth of bacteria. If you suffer from frequent urinary tract infections, this is the perfect drink for you!

 

6. Gives You More Beautiful Skin

Drinking lemon water on a regular basis will make a big difference in your complexion. The high vitamin C content in lemon juice, along with other antioxidants, will kill off the free radicals in the body which lead to premature aging of the skin. Lemons help to purify the blood as well as encourage the body to grow new blood cells, skin, and the connective tissue which keeps the skin looking firm.

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7. Helps Regulate Blood Pressure

If you suffer from hypertension, drinking lemon water can help you tremendously. Lemon juice will cleanse the lymph system and help to keep the body hydrated. Lemons also have more potassium than grapes. Potassium removes salt from the body, which can lead to lower overall blood pressure levels. Never stop taking your blood pressure medication without speaking to your doctor first, but drinking lemon water regularly might just help you lower your blood pressure so that you need less medication.

 

8. Superior Immune System Support

Vitamin C is vital to the immune system, so drinking lemon water will improve the immune system while helping the body fight off viruses and bacteria. Lemon improves our ability to absorb iron, which is also important for the immune system function. The antimicrobial compounds in lemon juice will help keep infections outside of your body, where they belong!

 

9. Stops Throat Infections

Lemons contain powerful antimicrobial and antibacterial compounds which make them perfect for fighting throat infections, sore throats, and tonsillitis. Those who consume lemon water at least once each day are at a lower risk of developing these types of infections in the first place. If you have a sore or scratchy throat, try gargling with some warm lemon water three times a day and watch that problem just disappear!

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10. Stops Halitosis

Halitosis, or bad breath, is often caused by the overgrowth of bad bacteria in the mouth. Drinking lemon water on a regular basis can help to eliminate bad breath due to its antimicrobial and antibacterial compounds. Lemon water will also encourage the production of saliva, which dilutes bacteria in the mouth.

 

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11. Increased Energy

Lemons are quite nutritious, with tons of vitamin C, B vitamins, protein, phosphorous, and potassium, which makes this fruit a natural energizer. With improved digestion, you will reap more of the nutritional benefits from your food. Also, lemons are full of negative ions, which provide almost instant energy. Anyone who had had a glass of lemonade after a hard day’s work will tell you that within minutes, they feel re-energized.  Lemons also help to hydrate and oxygenate you, so you feel refreshed, energized, and ready to take on the day!

 

12. Naturally Balances pH Levels

One of the best alkalizing foods ever is right at our fingertips; lemons! Lemons contain both ascorbic acid and citric acid that help the body maintain healthy pH levels. Too much of an acidic environment in the body encourages inflammation, which can lead to many chronic diseases, including cancer. To remove uric acid and discourage inflammation,

It’s important to note that lemon juice can damage the enamel of your teeth, so after drinking, rinse your mouth with plain water.

Fun Fact:

  • One of the most effective remedies for the common cold involves lemons. Simply chop one whole lemon (including the peel) into a pot and cover with water. Simmer for five minutes. Add one pint of raw, organic honey. Cover and simmer on low heat for about an hour, stirring occasionally. Strain and cool. Put in jars with tightly fitting lids and store in the refrigerator. At the first sign of a cold, give children weighing less than 25 pounds half a teaspoon three or four times each day. Children between 25 and 50 pounds, one teaspoon and children, and adults over 50 pounds, one tablespoon of this mixture three or four times each day.

Did you know that Columbus brought lemon trees to America? This means that chances are excellent that you are eating fruit that could be direct descendants of the lemon trees brought to this country more than 500 years ago!

References:

Nutritiondata.self.com

Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov