Would you like to experience some noticeable changes in your overall health with little-to-no effort? What better way than with something readily available in any grocery store that also happens to be easy on the wallet.
The health benefits of drinking lemon water EVERY morning are innumerable and that is exactly why I carefully selected the five most amazing water with lemon benefits to share with you today.
But first thing’s first… Let’s talk about lemons and their nutrition! It’s safe to say that they are more than just some vibrant yellow citrus fruit teeming with common-cold-fighting Vitamin C.
Key Nutritional Components
✓ Low glycemic.
✓ Good source of citric and ascorbic acid.
✓ Rich in phytochemicals like hesperetin, naringin, and naringenin.
✓ Decent source of B-complex vitamins, including pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, and folates.
✓ Contains some vital minerals such as iron, copper, potassium, and calcium.
How to Make Lemon Water in 4 Simple Steps
1. Cut a lemon in half and pick out any protruding seeds.
2. Squeeze out the juice into a glass, making sure you remove any seeds that may fall into it. (You can always use a citrus juicer or squeezer for this step.)
3. Fill the rest of the glass with lukewarm (not cold) water.
4. Drink slowly and mindfully. Refrain from chugging!
[Related Post: The Next Time You’re Thirsty, Do This… (Ayurveda Drinking Tips)]
*TIP: Make sure you do this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach for optimal results.
Lemon with Water: Benefits
1 Cancer Prevention
Eating healthy food in general is a good preventive measure against a multitude of diseases. This is a widely-known fact. However, citrus fruits—in this case lemons—are especially high limonoids (phytochemicals). Throughout the past ten years or so, there has been quite a bit of evidence to support that there are a number of notable effects of limonene when it comes to preventing cancer.
During various trials with rodents, Doctor Crowell showed time and time again that this particular compound was effective against the further development of rodent tumors. Seeing these undeniable results along with being aware of the nontoxic nature of the compound (at least to humans), Crowell and several other experts have suggested that limonene is a great candidate for “human clinical chemo-prevention trial evaluation.” There is still a lot to be done, but this is very promising. Furthermore, a metabolite (a substance necessary for metabolism) of limonene called perrillyl alcohol is undergoing Phase I clinical trials in patients (not rodents) with advanced-stage malignancies.
Limonene aside, several epidemiological studies have been conducted and have consistently shown that citrus fruits serve as a great defense against many different cancers in humans. Vitamin C, folate, and fiber seem to be the primary culprits for this finding.
2 Digestive Aid
This is the main reason why I mentioned drinking lemon water in the morning/when you wake up as opposed to randomly throughout the day. Lemons, like all citrus fruits, contain pectin (a dietary fiber). Fiber is both known and proven to help overall digestive tract function.
And I can’t neglect to mention citric acid, which also supports digestion. How, you might ask? It drastically slows down the rate at which food exits your stomach. It also improves the whole breaking down process. This in turn makes the rest of the digestion process less taxing on the body.
3 Antiviral, Antibacterial, AND Antifungal
Back to that good old phytochemical limonene. This l-word is the primary reason behind the antiviral and antibacterial properties of lemons, which can help treat various ailments like throat infections. Its antiseptic quality also helps against acne.
4 Immunity Booster
Vitamin C has been widely known to keep some illnesses like the common cold at bay or at least lessen their severity. However, this fact has also been challenged… a lot.
In numerous clinical trials, vitamin C deficiency produces similar results: there is a reduced resistance against pathogens. On the other hand, normal levels of vitamin C enhance the immune system in more ways than just one.
5 Better Kidney Function
Several studies have established that citric acid may very well nip kidney stone formation in the bud. In fact, similar studies have also shown that lemon juice works just as well (if not better) than potassium citrate for treating urinary calcium stones.
If you really have to, you can mix some organic raw honey into your lukewarm glass of lemon water. Avoid using any other kind of sweetener, though. You can always just juice half a lemon when you’re first starting out.
And while this entire article is very much lemon-focused, you can always opt for lime, which is less sour and a little sweeter, but still retains a lot of the similar benefits of its “citrus-sister.” (Try saying that seven times fast!)
Watch out for Those Seeds!
Okay, so swallowing one or two lemon seeds won’t really do anything to you. (Although it would take a lot of reassuring when I was a kid because a neighbor once told me that if you swallow a seed of a fruit, a tree will start growing in your belly. What a terrible way to scare a kid from eating their fruits and vegetables, right?)
Anyway, lemon seeds contain this thing called salicylic acid (which is the main ingredient in aspirin, in case you were wondering), but it’s in such trace amounts that you can’t really expect drastic pain relief to come out of it.
The one thing that is concerning is a form of cyanide (a deadly toxin) that is found within these seeds. Sure, it happens to be present in minute amounts within each seed, but you definitely want to steer clear from ingesting them in large quantities. Lemon seeds aren’t as bad as apple or cherry seeds, though. Their cyanide content is far higher..
And if you accidentally, bite into one? Expect a supremely bitter (and need I say unpleasant?) taste to permeate in your mouth!
Some More Reasons to Drink More Lemon Water
✓ Get Rid of Bad Breath
✓ Promote Healthy Skin
✓ Reduce Inflammation
✓ Lose Weight
And Here’s a Breakdown in Infographic Form…
I know lemon juice definitely has a ton more benefits than just the ones I revealed… Would you care to share one or two with the HMM community? Also, have any of you tried lemon water before or a variation of this super drink? Please share your experience below! 🙂
1. “Vitamin C in Human health and Disease is Still a Mystery? An Overview.”
2. “Functional Foods: Their Role in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.”
3. “Can Lemon Water Detoxify the Body?”
4. “Lemons/Limes: The World’s Healthiest Foods.”
5. “Vitamin C and Immune Function.”
6. “In Vitro and In Vivo Study of Effect of Lemon Juice on Urinary Lithogenesis.”
7. “Blending Fruit Seeds in Your Green Smoothies – Beneficial or Dangerous?”
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