When you go to a restaurant and order a water, oftentimes they will ask if you would like lemon with it. What you may not realize, is that lemon is good for a whole lot more than just adding a little flavor to your water. Lemons are extremely rich in nutrients and can benefit our bodies in countless ways! I’ll do my best to highlight some of the most important benefits in this post.
My personal favorite attribute of lemons is that they are alkalizing in the body with their high mineral content. It can be confusing because lemons themselves are very acidic. However, the acidity of the food itself is not what’s important, but rather the effect it has on the body. Sugar and processed foods, along with others, cause our bodies to be very acidic, which is highly dangerous because it allows disease to grow and thrive. Drinking a glass of lemon water in the morning 20-30 minutes before you eat anything can have an amazing effect on your body’s pH level and your overall health.
Another amazing benefit of lemons are their detoxifying effects. As you sleep, your body is restoring itself and removing toxins that have built up. Drinking lemon water in the morning will help your body flush these toxins out. If you don’t hydrate first thing in the morning, your body will not have any way to get rid of these toxins, and I don’t know about you but that creates a very unpleasant image in my mind.
I could go on and on about how wonderful lemons are but it could take all day! I’ve included a list below of some of the other beneficial properties of lemons. Please feel free to ask questions and next time a waiter asks you if you’d like lemon with your water, ask for a whole bowl!
- Rich source of vitamin C which builds up the immune system
- Lemon water can boost your metabolism in the morning
- Contain pectin fiber which is healthy for your colon and digestion
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Strengthens the liver
- Great source of potassium which nourishes brain cells
- Skin health – prevents wrinkles and acne
- Contains unique anti-cancer compounds