Being well hydrated has been proved to be very important for your overall wellbeing. But what if you knew that there is a cheap, easy-to-make drink that will do wonders for you?
We read a lot these days about super foods and their benefits, well here is a simple super drink that will take body hydration for you on a whole new level. Warm lemon water and here is why:
1. Cleanses and revitalizes your system
Lemon juice is a diuretic (beverages that make you urinate more often), it promotes urinary tract cleansing, thus disposing of waste materials through urine. This reduces the risk of accumulating bacteria in the body. It also reboots your liver function by controlling the production of bile, making sure that damages in the digestive tract do not occur. This is especially beneficial for people who have or have had unhealthy life habits (such as excessive alcohol or fat consumption).
2. Improves digestion
The acid produced by the stomach is very similar to the acid that lemon juice contains. Therefore, drinking lemon juice on a regular basis will help maintain a healthy digestive system, thus digesting food more properly and quickly, which is very beneficial to people who are suffering from indigestion, bloating and heartburn. It also aids in keeping a so called “digestive system flow”, especially when consumed first thing in the morning.
3. Helps to replace caffeine with a healthier habit
It is safe to say that the first morning coffee can be replaced with warm lemon water, as it is gentler with the nerves and gives you the same wake up boost that you need.
4. Gives you a younger looking skin
Lemon acid contains antioxidants which flush out toxins and free radicals from our body, thus decreasing skin blemishes and wrinkles. Also, after a certain age, collagen production begins to decrease, and this protein is responsible for retaining our skin elastic. Vitamin C, which lemon juice is full of, promotes collagen production. So, there you go, a morning ritual which is more preferable than a face lift because it is natural and, of course, much cheaper.
5. Cleanses your mouth and freshens your breath
The battle with bad breath is over. Even if you do not have the time to wash your teeth in the morning and you are in a hurry, a sip or two of fresh lemon water might just do the trick with that morning breath. It is also proved to relieve toothaches and gingivitis, as it is an effective disinfectant. And if you are worried about the acidity effects on your tooth enamel, you should know that it takes drinking a gallon a day for the acid to have a negative effect on the enamel.
6. Cuts down appetite and food cravings
Lemon juice plays a major role when it comes to weight loss, as it not only helps get rid of harmful toxins, but also reduces appetite for solid foods, due to its high fiber contents. It keeps your hunger cravings under control for longer periods of time, and snacking between meals is eliminated.
7. It boosts your energy levels
Try having a glass of lemon juice after having a hard workout or after an exhausting day. Due to its high nutritional values, it will give you a fresh energy burst which will last for hours.
8. Excellent for anxiety and depression
A study has shown that people that consume large quantities of vitamin C are less likely to get depressed, anxious and stressed. But it is not just lemon’s nutritional values that help in reducing mental illnesses, the very scent of lemons can have an instant calming effect.
9. Strengthens your immune system
Lemons contain plenty of vitamin C which is excellent against common colds and the flu. Lemon juice water boosts our immune system making it stronger literally with every sip you take. According to Michele Chevalley Hedge, a nutrition expert, lemon juice helps the body absorb more iron, and it is the iron which is “entrusted with the task” of keeping our immune system working at its best.
10.Improves your health and wellbeing
It lowers cholesterol levels, normalizes blood pressure, reduces blood sugar levels, improves blood flow, helps to maintain mental health and so on. The benefits are numerous.
11. Balances PH levels in the body
Consuming too much unhealthy foods increases acidity in our body, which makes the body a good environment for bacteria and infections. Lemon juice balances our bodies’ pH levels, providing thus an alkaline environment.
How to make it
Just add lemon juice from half a lemon to 500 ml of water. You can also add some mint or basil leaves for an extra fresh kick.