Lemon water is packed with beneficial properties to help your body’s health in a multitude of ways. Adding lemon juice to your water helps aid in weight loss by keeping the body in an alkaline state and jump-starts the metabolism when consumed first thing in the mornings. Containing significant amounts of fiber pectin, lemons are able to keep you full longer, and also have a diuretic effect which helps with water weight gain, your digestive system and cleansing your liver and kidneys. Lemon water is great for your health outside of weight loss by being a natural form of medicine.
The citric acid and calcium in the fruit helps with pain and inflammation in joints by dissolving uric acid, and when consumed after meals can relive indigestion problems such as heartburn, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. The list of lemons benefits ranges from treating sore throats, to assisting in lowering blood pressure to even helping with asthma, allergies and respiratory problems.
To obtain the maximum benefits of lemon water, it is suggested to mix juice from at least half of a lemon to each 16 ounces of water. Mix it up by alternating to sparkling water if you’re used to soda, or add additional flavor by including a green or herbal tea bag to your beverage.
When possible, drink the lemon water through a straw, as the citric acid in significant quantities can harm the enamel on your teeth over time. At the end of the day your body will feel hydrated and will help you end on a high note, as lemon water helps to improve sleep quality.