Lemons aren’t your typical fruit. You don’t just chomp into a lovely lemon for a snack, it’s commonly used for flavouring in foods and drinks, or as an accompaniment to a meal.
Lemons are packed full of Vitamin C, B, potassium and fibre which are essential nutrients for the body.
Whilst it’s commonly believed that chugging down lemon water is a great way to lose weight, it doesn’t actually have that direct effect. Instead, it’s thought that by drinking lemon water, you’re replacing an otherwise more sugary and high calorie drink. So this substitution affect is the reason you may see the pounds melt off.
So, it isn’t the miracle drink for losing weight, but drinking lemon water on a regular basis has some other perks.
The high Vitamin C content of lemons helps give your immunity a little kick in the right direction. When we’re stressed, or under the weather, our Vitamin C levels are the first thing to crash.
Drinking warm lemon water is brilliant when you have a sore throat as it helps fight off viral infections. Lemons have natural antibacterial and antiviral properties such as: citric acid, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin C, bio-flavonoids, pectin, and limonene. These properties all help promote a healthy immune system and fight infections.
One good way to keep yourself hydrated is to mix lemon and water. Lemons contain electrolytes beneficial to hydration. Simply mix 2tsps fresh squeezed lemon juice to 8oz water and drink. Skip adding any kind of sugar or sweetener for a healthy drink.
Replace that gatorade with lemon and water. It’s a much healthier alternative to sports drinks and better on your pocket book as well.
Another added benefit to this drink is it’s alkalising effect on the body. When the bodies environment is too acidic a range of symptoms can occur. The human body prefers to be more alkaline than acidic. Too acidic an environment leaves ones body open to a range of illnesses.
More benefits from this wonderful fruit include –
- Lemons help with digestion and bloating, helps relieve heartburn
- Lemons stimulate and cleanse the liver and kidneys
- Natural diuretic and helps lower blood pressure
- Contains magnesium, potassium and calcium
- Has been known to help with asthma
So what could be easier than a little lemon and water mix to keep hydrated. Today’s diet typically consists of coffee and energy drinks that dehydrate. Why not stimulate your body and awaken yourself with a refreshing cup of lemon water.