Benefits of Lemon Water
Good Afternoon + Happy Friday, we’ve finally made it through another work week!
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had been researching the benefits of adding sliced lemon to your drinking water. Although, the list is endless, I’m sharing the reasons why I love to drink lemon water. For those that have a hard time getting in their 8 cups of water a day should try adding slices of lemon to spruce up the taste and reap the benefits. Momma J introduced me to drinking warm lemon water, in August, and I haven't looked back since!
Almost every morning I fix a glass of warm water with a couple of slices of lemon. I’m not a coffee drinker but I guess you could call this my morning pick-me-up.
Benefits of Lemon Water:
One | Supports Digestion + Cleanses Your System – Lemon juice is a natural detox that flushes out unwanted materials / toxins from the body. Its atomic composition is similar to saliva and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion.
Two | High in Vitamin C + Potassium – Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. They’re also high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
Three | Helps Balance pH Levels – Drinking lemon water regularly can help to remove overall acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints, which is one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation. This has become extremely important to me the more I work out and the harder I push myself at the gym!
Four | Complexion – The vitamin C component, as well as other antioxidants, helps decrease blemishes and wrinkles! Can I get an amen? Vitamin C is vital for healthy glowing skin while its alkaline nature kills bacteria known to cause acne. It can actually be applied directly to scars or age spots to help reduce their appearance. Since lemon water purges toxins from your blood, it would also be helping to keep your skin clear of blemishes from the inside out.
Five | Weight Loss – I’ve found that lemon water first thing in the morning has decreased my (sugary) food cravings! Lemons are high in pectin fiber and helps fight hunger cravings. I find myself making better food + drink choices throughout the day, if I start my morning off with a glass of warm lemon water.
Sometimes I'll use limes instead of lemons, they have very similar benefits but limes offer a tangier taste! Do you ever drink warm lemon water? If so, have you noticed a difference in your complexion or overall well-being?