10 Benefits To Drinking Lemon Water

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Ninety percent of Americans are dehydrated. Terrifying, right? Water is a naturally detoxifying drug that can curb your appetite, eliminate acid reflux, decrease inflammation, aid in weight loss, and fight common illnesses and chronic diseases.  Adding a squeeze of lemon helps to stimulate digestion, flush toxins and neutralize acids in the water. (Tip – don’t drop the entire slice in your water, because you don’t know what chemicals could be on the peel – instead, squeeze the fresh juice into your water glass.) Read below for the ten benefits of drinking lemon water!

  1. It helps digestionDrinking any water, and especially warm water, first thing in the morning can help flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body.
  2. It helps our body cleanse itself. Drinking water, especially in the morning, helps make sure that the body can detox and eliminate waste most effectively. There is even some evidence that lemon juice can help stimulate proper stomach acid production and bile production.
  3. It gives your immune system a boost. Lemons contain Vitamin C, about 30-50 mg per lemon. They also contain potassium. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning gives the body a chance to absorb these vitamins effectively and can provide a little immune boost.
  4. It can give you energy. Vitamin C is also good for the adrenals and can potentially help reduce the affects of stress. The act of drinking a hot liquid can trick your body into thinking you’re having your morning cup of coffee, giving you a small but needed energy boost.
  5. It may aid in weight loss. There is evidence that drinking more water, especially lemon water, first thing in the morning can help you maintain a healthy weight. Researchers in Germany found that drinking enough water increased metabolism.
  6. It makes skin glow. Lemon water can lead to cleaner skin by encouraging detox. Since your skin is your biggest cleansing organ, the more you encourage detoxing, the cleaner it will be. It also contains Vitamin C which is needed for collagen production for smooth, healthy skin.
  7. It balances pH levels. Although lemons and limes are classified as citric acid, they are actually very alkaline-forming once consumed. Adding a squeeze of either helps to stimulate digestion, flush toxins and neutralize acids in the water by making the water more alkaline.
  8. It helps ease adrenal problems. Your adrenal glands can get stressed easily, which may lead to fatigue and brain fog. Staying hydrated keeps your glands functioning properly, and the vitamins in lemon juice are a better alternative to caffeinated drinks, especially for those with adrenal problems.
  9. It encourages waste disposal. Drinking warm lemon water is a great way to jump start your metabolism. This helps wake up your body and encourage regular trips to the bathroom.
  10. It reduces inflammation. Lemon water can help ease pain caused by inflammation. It fights damage caused by free radicals, which affects your joints and skin. Lemon juice also offers up a healthy serving of potassium, magnesium and copper.

See this seven day alkaline meal plan or this list of alkaline food swaps.