7 Reasons to Drink Lemon Water in the Morning A simple behaviour that can have a tremendous impact
Even minor modifications to your habit might have a significant influence on your health. Consider starting your day with lemon water.
Roxanne B. Sukol, MD, MS, an internal medicine specialist, shares seven reasons why you should consider adopting this incredibly simple practise.
1.Helps with digestion
Acid aids in the digestion of meals. That explains why we have so much of it in our stomachs. Lemon acid may be particularly beneficial in augmenting stomach acid levels, which tend to diminish as we age.
3.Keeps you hydrated.
The majority of us do not drink enough water. A daily glass of lemon water is a simple way to start your day off right. How do you know how much you’re drinking? Your pee is nearly clear.
3.Suitable for weight loss
We humans are creatures of habit. Consider substituting your morning OJ or latte with lemon water. Not once, but potentially 20 times every month – multiplied by ten years. Your waistline will appreciate it.
Lemons, like many fruits and vegetables, contain phytonutrients, which help your body fight sickness. These phytonutrients have potent antioxidant effects that protect cells from oxidation, which is the same mechanism that produces rust.
5.Provides a good source of vitamin C
If you squeeze half a lemon into your water, you’ll only add 6 calories to your diet. You’ll also get more than a sixth of your daily vitamin C, which is required to protect our cells from damage and repair injuries.
6.Increases potassium levels
Without potassium, your body cannot operate. It is required for nerve-muscle communication, nutrition and waste delivery, and blood pressure management. Potassium is abundant in fruits and vegetables.
7.Aids in the prevention of kidney stones
Lemon water can help prevent painful stones in people who are low in urinary citrate (a type of citric acid). More importantly, higher fluid intake aids in the prevention of dehydration, which is a typical cause of kidney stones.
How to Drink Lemon Water
Simply squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a glass of water. How much is it? When? It makes no difference. It’s beneficial to your health in any case.
Don’t forget about the peel.
Capture the nutrients by zesting your lemon (preferably organic) and using it in baking or cooking.
Will it damage my teeth?
Lemon acid can be detrimental to your enamel in theory, but you’re diluting it here. You should be fine as long as you don’t create a habit of sucking on lemons all the time.
Resources National Institutes of Health