Drinking a warm glass of lemon water first thing in the morning is a great way start the day. Lemons are packed with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. Lemons help to keep your body in an alkaline state; as well as detoxifying your liver.
Steps for preparing lemon water
Be sure to use filtered water and fresh lemons (organic is preferred). Use 1 whole lemon for a 6 – 8 oz of water. However, it is very important to note that when lemon juice comes directly in contact with the teeth, can ruin the enamel on the teeth. Therefore, drink lemon juice diluted or through a straw.
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The benefits of lemon water
Lemon water has many health benefits:
- Helps you to lose weight as lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings.
- Aids in digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, it helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating. It also encourages the production of bile.
- Gives you a Vitamin C boost that helps protect your immune system
- It hydrates you
- Helps you to look younger as the antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles as well.
- Helps liver function
- Increases your potassium levels which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function.
- Helps keep you regular
- Helps prevent kidney stones
- Helps keep your breath fresh
- Boosts your metabolism
Lemon water contains antioxidants
Lemon water also contains a variety of other beneficial substances and is a source of plant proteins called flavonoids. Many of which have antioxidant properties, that help protect our bodies from cell damage.
These flavonoids that we ingest from citrus fruits are beneficial to our blood circulation, insulin sensitivity, and other aspects of our metabolic health.