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12
Jul
2016

Why Start Your Day with Lemon Water

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More and more people are adopting the good habit of drinking lemon water. It has been shown that this very cheap drink and easy to prepare has significant healing and protective benefits that help fight and prevent various problems of physical and mental health, so it’s a great way to start the day. Lemon water is a drink rich in antiviral, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that help fight many viruses, bacteria and microorganisms that affect health. In addition, only two tablespoons of lemon will provide 23% of the recommended daily amounts of vitamin C, essential for strengthening the immune system and prevent disease.

Why lemons?

A lot of experts that includes doctors and nutritionists encourage people to drink lemon juice because it is rich in vitamin C that is known to neutralize free-radicals in our body.

Lemon packs a lot of nutritional punch. It is rich in antioxidants that will neutralize free radicals from oxidizing cells and it stimulates our digestive system to flush out toxins from the body.

Here is the nutrition you will get from 100 grams of lemon juice:

Vitamins Amount / Serving
Vitamin A 20.0IU
Vitamin C 46.0mg
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) 0.2mg
Niacin 0.1mg
Vitamin B6 0.1mg
Folate 13.0mcg
Pantothenic Acid 0.1mg
Choline 5.1mg
Minerals  
Calcium 7.0mg
Magnesium 6.0mg
Phosphorus 6.0mg
Potassium 124mg
Sodium 1.0mg
Zinc 0.1mg
Selenium 0.1mcg

If you do not know all the benefits that lemon water brings to your health, do not miss the next 10 benefits and recipe to prepare.

1. Cleanses Your System

It helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver.

2. Balances Blood Sugar Levels

Lemon is rich in a compound called Bioflavonoids which gives this fruit its yellow color. This same compound also naturally stimulates the production of insulin in our body that in turn balances our blood sugar levels which can help people who have diabetes

3. Heart Food

Potassium found in lemon is vital for the function of our heart, it does not treat any ailment but it helps in preventing heart related illnesses like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and irregular heartbeat.

4. Reduces Inflammation

If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, it will decrease the acidity in your body, which is where disease states occur. It removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation.

5. Keeps Your Skin Blemish-Free

The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too! It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.

6. Increases Metabolism and Promotes Weight Loss

It is a little known fact that drinking 8 glasses of water (8 ounces per glass) each day actually boosts your metabolism or how much your body burns calories by 30%. This is based on a study done by Michael Boschmann of the Franz Volhard Research Center. Lemon adds some flavor to water which will help you drink more plus it has pectin which suppresses appetite.

7. Lowers Stress Levels

One thing that gets depleted when you’re stressed is vitamin C so the next time your stress levels go up, take a break and replenish that lost vitamin C with a cup of warm lemon water.

8. Prevents Bad Breath

It helps two ways here. First by killing the bad-breath-causing bacteria in your mouth and second, by flushing away toxins in your liver that when overworked releases bad smelling substances to the bloodstream, lungs then out the mouth.

9. Kills Free Radicals

Per 100 grams of lemon juice, you’ll get 77% of your daily vitamin C requirements which is known to neutralize free radicals in our body.

10. Balances PH Levels

When our pH level increases it means our body is becoming more acidic which makes it more prone to diseases such as high cholesterol and diabetes. A great way of balancing pH levels is drinking water infused with fresh lemon juice to alkalize the body and lowering acidity levels.

How to prepare

Lemon-Juice

Make lemon water is something simple and does not require much effort. In a couple of steps you will have this refreshing and healthy drink .

Ingredients

1 cup water (250 ml)

1 organic lemon

Preparation

You must put water in a saucepan and heat over medium heat, but do not boil. Meanwhile, remove the lemon juice into a glass and set aside. When the water is ready, pour over the lemon and mix everything well. Drink this warm drink every morning immediately after waking and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. Remember not to add any sweetener, as this makes it less healthy.

 

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    By: Amanda Branco

    My name is Amanda Branco and I help people achieve their dream bodies! Whether you’re training for a competition, looking to lose weight, bulk up or get defined, I can make it happen!

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