To paraphrase the song by Neil Sedaka, “waking up is hard to do”. If you’re not a morning person, you’re probably in search of something to kick-start your day. Well, hello, lemon water! Who knew that something so simple had so many health benefits? According to studies, sipping the slightly sour solution can do wonders both inside and outside your body.
It’s no secret that most of us don’t drink enough water. For those who aren’t fans of the rain juice, lemon is a subtle way to add some flavor without going the sugary route. The drink can also be enjoyed hot or cold, making it an ideal beverage all year round.
The Question of Digestion
While it’s a good idea to keep some lemon water on hand throughout the day, sipping a glass first thing in the morning can reawaken the digestive system. The lemon encourages our livers to produce bile and can also—ironically—prevent heartburn. Research has also found that polyphenols in lemon juice have the power to suppress body fat accumulation.
A Stone’s Throw Away
Anyone who has ever had kidney stones will tell you that it’s not a pleasant experience. If you’re prone to the nasty little guys, lemon water may just be your new best friend. Lemon water contains a fair amount of citric acid which can prevent the mineral crystallization that causes kidney stones.
Super Fruit to the Rescue
If you’re looking to assemble the Fruit Avengers, lemons should be your first choice. The yellow fruit is loaded with vitamin C which has antioxidant, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Get That Glow
Great skin is another benefit of drinking lemon water. Vitamin C helps brighten, repair damaged skin cells, and flush toxins, all resulting in skin that has fewer breakouts and blemishes. And have we mentioned that glow?