Lemon water, the magic drink to start the day

If you're looking for a simple and inexpensive trick to improve your life and overall health, this article may be of interest to you! Starting the day with lemon water is an easy routine to adopt that will have many effects on your health.

Lemon not only has an invigorating taste that awakens and boosts the body, but it also aids in digestion and detoxification of the body. Lemons are full of vitamin C and B, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, enzymes, antioxidants and fiber.

The benefits of this simple routine are endless! We reveal you the 15 most important...

  1. Improve digestion

The juice of lemon has a composition similar to gastric juices and helps eliminate toxins from the digestive tract. Lemon juice can help withindigestion, heartburn and bloating. It helps restore the intestinal mucosa, hydrates the colon, stimulates bile production and moistens the stool.

  1. Stimulate the immune system

Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C which stimulates the immune system and helps to fight colds and flu. But vitamin C is not the only important element for a good immune system; iron is another, and lemon enhances its absorption in the foods you eat daily.

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  1. Hydrate your body

Hydration is essential! Especially during the summer months. Water is the best source of hydration, but many people find it boring and tasteless and consume far too little. The lemon will give a boost to the drink. So you can consume lemon water first thing in the morning, but also throughout the day to ensure you are well hydrated!

  1. Increase your energy

Water citrated gives an instant burst of energy and improves your mood. Nothing like it to start the day off right!

  1. Purify and rejuvenate your skin

Lemons are rich in antioxidants that prevent free radical damage. These are responsible for the premature aging of your skin. Vitamin C helps to maintain skin elasticity and reduce the formation of wrinkles.

  1. Reduce inflammation

Lemon helps remove uric acid from your joints. The accumulation of this uric acid is one of the main causes of inflammation.

  1. To help with weight loss

Lemon water alone is not a miracle for weight loss, but it can, however, help you have faster and longer-term results. Lemon helps to fight small cravings, boosts the metabolism and brings a feeling of satiety, thus helping you to resist snacking.

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  1. Alkalising your body

Although lemon has an acidic taste, it is one of the most alkalizing foods. An overly acidic body can be prone to inflammation, obesity and other major diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.

  1. Purifying properties

Lemon helps your body get rid of more toxins and limit the damage they cause to your cells, tissues and organs. It stimulates your liver to produce more enzymes and function more efficiently. Lemon juice is an excellent diuretic that keeps your urinary system sterile and changes the pH, which inhibits bacterial growth, so it is very useful for people with frequent urinary tract infections. Also, as mentioned above, lemon removes toxins from the digestive tract and cleanses your colon.

  1. Antiviral and antibacterial properties

Lemon helps fight the flu, colds and soothes sore throats. People who drink their lemon water daily are, in any case, less likely to develop these kinds of discomforts.

  1. Reduce mucus and phlegm

The lemon water helps reduce mucus and phlegm formation. People who consume cow's milk are often more sensitive to mucus production. Starting the day with a glass of lemon water can therefore be beneficial for those who do not wish to stop eating dairy products.

  1. Fresh breath

Lemon fights oral bacteria and freshens breath. Despite the beneficial effects of lemon juice on overall health, it is best to avoid drinking it or using it pure. Indeed, citric acid can erode the enamel of the teeth. Prefer it diluted.

  1. Boosting cerebral energy

Brain and nerve health is enhanced by high levels of potassium and magnesium. Lemon water is a valuable ally in fighting depression and stress. It provides the mental clarity that is essential for students and busy, stressed people.

  1. Anti-cancer

The antioxidants in lemon not only protect your skin from aging, as mentioned above, but they also reduce the risk of several types of cancer. Because cancer grows more easily in acidic environments, alkalizing your body can help stop the growth of cancer cells and thus reduce your risk of getting cancer.

  1. Replace caffeine

If you're a coffee drinker, you can very well replace it with a glass of lemon water. It wakes up your body and gives you the same burst of energy as your cup of coffee would.

How to prepare your lemon water?

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Nothing could be easier! This will take less than 5 minutes of your precious morning time. Simply squeeze half a lemon (or a whole lemon if you weigh more than 70kg) in warm water and you're done!

Why use warm (or room temperature) water instead of hot or cold water? As hot or cold water requires more energy from your body during digestion, it is preferable to consume a lukewarm drink first to kick-start digestion and wake up the body slowly.

If you love the taste of lemon water, indulge yourself by drinking it, hot or cold, throughout the day. It will bring you many benefits for the body and the mind!

Carol Panne 1 November, 2015
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