We’re all accustomed to a slice of lemon in our water at the restaurant, but did you know that drinking lemon water is actually very beneficial to your health? Here are 4 reasons that you should be saying yes to lemon in your water.
- It aids digestion. Lemon juice is similar in structure to your body’s own stomach fluids. Meaning it has the ability to boost your digestion, clearing your system of food, and also toxins, to keep things moving smoothly. In addition, it relieves bloating, gas and other intestinal discomforts. Hydration in general aids digestive function. Many people sip on warm lemon water to help relieve an upset stomach, as well.
- It freshens your breath. Lemon can fight the icky bacteria that cause your breath to stink, leaving you with fresh and clean breath. Do keep in mind though that citric acid can be hard on your tooth enamel, so it’s a good idea to rinse with plain water after you’ve enjoyed the lemony variety. Another good idea is to hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water or do it well beforehand, that way you’re not being too hard on your teeth all at once.
- It’s great for your skin. Vitamin C is a glowing skin’s best friend. Vitamin C produces collagen, aiding in your skin’s elasticity and helping to prevent wrinkles from forming. Regular consumption of lemon water is like a mini anti-aging facial! In addition, the hydration from regular water drinking helps your skin to stay dewy and your complexion fresh.
- It’s an immune booster. That same Vitamin C that your skin is loving, is a boost to your body’s immune system. Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, limes and of course lemons are all high in Vitamin C. But that’s not all that lemon has going for it. Lemons are also high in potassium, which add an extra kick to your body’s disease fighting powers by increasing brain and nerve function, both of which promote a healthy immunes system.
Lemon adds flavor to what many people find to be just boring water. So if you don’t enjoy water because of the lack of flavor, it’s time to start adding lemons to the mix. You’ll not only be doing your body a favor by adding everything that lemon contributes to your health, but you’ll be increasing your water intake and that alone is a wonderful thing for your body.