Benefits of Lemon Water

Benefits of Lemon Water

The Buzz
“Lemon Water Detox”–Google that subject and you’ll get over twelve million hits in 0.61 seconds! It’s all the rage to “detox” with fasts, pills, and all kinds of cleanses. But the real “buzz” is all about detoxing with lemon water! Truth is, detoxing doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Lemon water is insanely inexpensive to make, keeps skin glowing, aids in digestion, can help you lose weight, and is packed with vitamin C!  So, you can see why it’s all the rage!!

One cup of fresh lemon juice provides 187 percent of your daily recommended serving of vitamin C, while offering up a healthy serving of potassium, magnesium and copper.

Check out the other benefits one cup of fresh lemon juice adds to a plain glass of water. Here are some lemon water nutrition facts:

  • 61 calories
  • 3 grams protein
  • 6 grams sugar
  • 0 grams fat
  • 112 milligrams vitamin C (187 percent DV)
  • 303 milligrams potassium (9 percent DV)
  • 31.7 micrograms folate (8 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligrams vitamin B6 (6 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligrams thiamin (5 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligrams copper (4 percent DV)
  • 1 gram fiber (4 percent DV)
  • 14.6 milligrams magnesium (4 percent DV)
  • 0.4 milligrams vitamin E (2 percent DV)

5 Benefits of Lemon Water
For such a simple drink, the list of lemon water benefits is impressive. Even if you’re not a big H2O drinker, you might find yourself reaching for a glass when you check out how awesome it is for your body and mind!

1. Aids in digestion and detoxification
Because lemon juice’s atomic structure is similar to the digestive juices found in the stomach, it tricks the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving through your body and gastrointestinal tract smoothly. Lemon water also helps relieve indigestion or ease an upset stomach.

The acids found in lemon juice also encourage your body to process the good stuff in foods more slowly. This drawn-out absorption means insulin levels remain steady and you get more nutrients out of the foods you consume. Better nutrient absorption means less bloating. Lemon water benefits the enzyme functions in your body, stimulating the liver and flushing out toxins. Because it’s a mild diuretic, you might find yourself using the bathroom more often, helping the urinary tract get rid of any unwanted elements. All of this helps detox body & skin.

2. Bumps up the vitamin C quotient
Since your body doesn’t make vitamin C on its own, it’s important to get enough of it from the foods and drinks you ingest. Luckily, lemons are chock-full of the vitamin.

What are the benefits of getting enough vitamin C? It stimulates white blood cell production, vital for your immune system to function properly. As an antioxidant, vitamin C also protects cells from oxidative damage. Plus, getting enough vitamin C helps the immune system keep colds and flu at bay. Drinking lemon water daily ensures your body gets a sizable amount of vitamin C.

3. Rejuvenates skin and heals the body
The antioxidants found in vitamin C do double duty in lemon water. They fight damage caused by free radicals, keeping your skin looking fresh. Getting enough vitamin C from your lemon water also keeps the body producing collagen, essential in smoothing out lines in the face. And, in one recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, regularly consuming vitamin C led to younger-looking skin and less wrinkles.

4. Helps shed pounds
Regularly sipping on lemon water can help you lose those last pounds. That’s because lemons contain pectin, a type of fiber commonly found in fruits. Pectin helps you feel full longer; that satiated feeling means you’ll chow down less throughout the day. Plus, did you know that when you’re even mildly dehydrated, you’re more prone to things like headaches, fatigue and an overall bad mood? Chugging down lemon water helps your body stay hydrated and feeling happy.

5. Boosts energy and mood
Skip the morning cup of coffee–have a glass or warm cup of lemon water before your first cup of morning joe. It will can boost energy levels without the caffeine crash. Here’s how it works: Our bodies get energy from the atoms and molecules in foods. When negative-charged ions, like those found in lemons, enter your digestive tract, the result is an increase in energy levels au naturel. Additionally, just the scent of a lemon has been found to reduce stress levels and improve moods.

How to buy your lemons, store them, and prepare your lemon water:

  • There are three main types of lemons available in the U.S. Eureka and Lisbon lemons are both sour and tart. Eureka lemons have textured skins and few seeds. Lisbon lemons tend to have a smoother skin and no seeds. Meyer lemons, a sweeter variety, are becoming more common. These lemons have Mandarin oranges in their family tree, giving these fruits a deeper color than traditional lemons.
  • When buying lemons, opt for ones that are fully yellow and, if possible, organic. If the fruit is still green, it isn’t fully ripe. Thinner-skinned lemons are juicier. Keep away from lemons that look dull, wrinkled or excessively hard.
  • Storing lemons in a sealed plastic bag keeps lemons fresh much longer than leaving them at room temperature.
  • To make preparing lemon water even easier, juice several lemons into an ice cube tray and freeze. Pop a few cubes in a glass of water to have fresh lemon juice at the ready anytime.
  • When preparing lemon water, it’s best to add the lemon juice to room temperature or warm water and start with half a lemon’s worth of juice. Drinking cold lemon water can be a shock to your system.
  • You get the benefits of lemon water whenever you drink it, but sipping on it in the morning will kick-start your day. Try a glass about a half hour before breakfast; the lemon juice in your belly will help your body absorb your breakfast nutrients better.

NOTE: While lemon water is one of the safest drinks you can ingest, the acids in lemons can eat away at your tooth enamel. To prevent this, drink lemon water before brushing your teeth, as the overnight bacteria will protect your teeth a bit. Drink from a straw and rinse with baking soda to neutralize any acid that might be left on your teeth.

Golden Milk, Anyone?

Golden Milk, Anyone?

Honestly, I thought this trend would die down, but NOPE–it’s still in the forefront of the blog-o-sphere!! Golden Milk–translation: turmeric milk. Its properties warrant all the hype. It’s simple to make, the basic recipe has much more going for it than just great color and creamy richness. It’s made with ingredients that help with inflammation, bloating, and weight loss. If you’re still not convinced to give it a try, check out these reasons to whip some up:

  • Better digestion: Think of golden milk as nature’s Pepto-Bismol, except with a much prettier color! Multiple studies have shown turmeric to help fight gas, bloat, and indigestion. Ginger, a common ingredient in golden milk, is great at fighting nausea and soothing stomach aches.
  • Happier muscles: Try having an iced glass of turmeric milk as a post-workout smoothie. As a natural anti-inflammatory, turmeric can relieve joint and muscle pain and even help with headaches. In some studies, turmeric offered similar relief to ibuprofen. It also may be the perfect drink to have after an intense workout, as it has been known to combat delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), in some studies. Ginger has also shown to be effective in preventing muscle soreness.
  • Protection against colds and flu: Besides helping soothe a sore throat, ginger has long been used as a cold remedy in naturopathy. The spicy root has antimicrobial properties that help protect the body from respiratory infections.
  • Weight-loss support: Turmeric does show some promise when it comes to encouraging weight loss. In two separate studies, the spice was shown to reduce the growth of fat cells in mice and also increase metabolism.
  • Boost in good cholesterol: The raw coconut oil often used in golden milk has been shown to help raise good cholesterol in the body.

So, that seems like plenty of reasons to give Golden Milk a try. For me, just the fact that it helps with muscle soreness after a tough workout is enough to add it to my menu.

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