We all want to be healthier every day—looking for ways to eat healthy and keep up exercise. When we ‘eat healthy’, we think about ‘drinking healthy’ as well. Here is one more health tip for you: try this bright yellow citrus fruit to keep you fit and liven up your beverage!
Many people who are into healthy eating know how important it is to drink healthy too—they just love adding a splash of lemon to their water. Some drink warm lemon water with honey, while others just squeeze it straight into a glass of tap water with some ice. Lemons are a favorite both because of their great taste, but also the health benefits. Here, we have compiled a few examples of how lemon can boost our health:
Lemon are great for alkalizing the body
Although lemons are acidic by nature, they also have alkaline qualities that help to balance the body’s PH.
Lemons are great sources of vitamin C
Since lemons are naturally acidic, they are a good source of vitamin C and potassium, both of which fight illness such as colds and flu. Lemons—much like carrots—also protect the eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts.
Lemons are great detoxifiers
Lemons flush out toxins and waste from the body. That is why they are also good for the liver; they liquefy bile and dissolve uric acid. Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier.
Lemons clean bowels
Lemons increase the movement of muscles in the bowels, helping to eliminate waste on a regular basis. Drinking the juice of one lemon added to warm water every morning reminds the body that it needs to expel waste accumulated from the previous day.
Lemons are good for re-hydration
Drinking lemon water is a good way to rehydrate, most notably after a workout when we lose a lot of electrolytes through sweat. Although drinking water alone greatly helps to rehydrate the body, mixing some fresh lemon in the water will accelerate the process.
Lemons are good metabolism boosters
Lemon water is a good partner for those trying to lose weight or trying to eat healthy, since lemons contain a high dose of pectin, which slows down the speed at which food leaves the stomach, and improves digestion. Pectin mixed with lemon juice produces a feeling of fullness, which helps reduce the amount of food consumed, and supports weight loss efforts.
Lemons are good for the skin
Since lemons are a good sources of vitamin C, they help neutralize free radicals, create more energy and help fight off environmental toxins. Because of this, lemons are good in fighting the aging process and promoting stronger firmer skin, as well as reducing dryness and wrinkles.
Lemon water is better than coffee
Most people jump start their day by loading up on coffee, which gives them a much needed boost in the morning, but which lasts for only a few hours. People have observed that if you replace your coffee with a cup of warm lemon water, it will give you the much needed energy boost, and will keep you alert and refreshed without the caffeine crash.
Lemons have many uses indeed! So why not try drinking lemon water more often, and see how this bright yellow fruit can add some zest to your life!