But the obvious fact is that after taking water, especially a lot for a long time, some people don’t really like the bland taste.
Water is good but what if I told you what to do so that the taste will be just cool and refreshing, and without adding extra calories to your system.
It’s tempting to grab your favourite canned juice, beverage or sports drink when looking for something to quench your thirst, keep in mind that these beverages — and countless others — can have lots of added sugar and calories.
A flavourful alternative is drinking lemon water, which has zero calories and provides several key health benefits.
Lemon Water’s Benefits
Many weight loss resources cite the benefits of lemon water and its citric acid in fat burning. You’ll still need to avoid the kind of foods that make you fat, get some good exercise and ideally change your meal frequency to one that improves weight loss potential – but lemon water is certainly a beneficial addition to any body fat reduction plan.
The health benefits of lemons are due to its many nourishing elements like vitamin C, vitamin B, phosphorous, proteins, and carbohydrates. Lemon is a fruit that contains flavonoids, which are composites that contain antioxidant and cancer fighting properties.
1. Lemon has Phytonutrients
Lemons and limes contain unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. They contain especially flavonoids called flavonol glycosides, including many kaempferol-related molecules.
While these flavonoids have been shown to stop cell division in many cancer cell lines, they are perhaps most interesting for their antibiotic effects.
Vitamin C is one of the main antioxidants found in food and the primary water-soluble antioxidant in the body. Vitamin C travels through the body neutralizing any free radicals with which it comes into contact in the aqueous environments in the body both inside and outside cells.
Free radicals can interact with the healthy cells of the body, damaging them and their membranes, and also cause a lot of inflammation, or painful swelling, in the body.
2. Constipation and Indigestion.
Lemon juice helps to cure problems related to indigestion and constipation. Add a few drops of lemon on your dish (take care, as lemon does not go well with milk), and it will aid in digestion.
Lemon acts as a blood purifier and a cleansing agent, so a good drink after lunch or dinner is fresh lemon soda, which is also called fresh lime soda in many places. Lemon juice has a similar structure to your stomach’s juices and helps to loosen and flush out toxins from the digestive tract.
Lemon juice can help ease indigestion, heartburn, and bloating. It also helps to move your bowels in the morning, hydrates your colon, stimulate bile production, and infuses water in your stool.
Due to the digestive qualities of lemon juice, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are relieved.
If you’re experiencing bloating in the long-term, it’s best to figure out what is causing it and work to stop those habits: Eating too fast, drinking through a straw, drinking carbonated beverages, consuming too much salt, and consuming foods with sugar alcohols are common culprits.
3. Fights Cancer
Lemon contains the limonoid called limonin which is readily absorbed by the body just like vitamin C.
In animal studies and laboratory tests with human cells, compounds in citrus fruits, including lemons and limes, called limonoids have been shown to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon.
Limonin’s bioavailability and persistence may help explain why citrus limonoids are potent anti-carcinogens that may prevent cancerous cells from proliferating. Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.
4. Weight Loss
Although lemon water on its own is no weight loss miracle, it can definitely help you to achieve faster and long term results. Lemons assist in fighting hunger cravings, boost metabolism, and give you a stuffed feeling, making it less likely to snack in between meals.
Drinking lemon water is an easy and flavourful way to replace more caloric beverages and potentially increase your weight loss.
So, the logic is this: if this drink is replacing a beverage that is higher in calories, like coffee with sugar or fruit juice—and that results in a calorie deficit—then it can help you lose weight.
5. Has cleansing properties
Lemon water also plays a key role in cleansing your system, according to Dr. David Jockers, owner and operator of the Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Water infused with lemon contains citric acid, which can clean out calcium stones and prevent calcium deposits from building up in arteries.
These deposits can promote cardiovascular disease. Jockers also notes that lemon water can provide the body with hydration, antioxidants and electrolytes.
6. Balances pH Levels.
Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Sure, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized).
Lemons contain both citric and ascorbic acid, weak acids easily metabolized from the body allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalize the blood. Disease states only occur when the body pH is acidic.
Drinking lemon water regularly can help to remove overall acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints, which is one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation.
7. Clears Skin.
The vitamin C component as well as other antioxidants helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes and it helps to combat free radical damage.
Vitamin C is vital for healthy glowing skin while its alkaline nature kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne. It can actually be applied directly to scars or age spots to help reduce their appearance.
Since lemon water purges toxins from your blood, it would also be helping to keep your skin clear of blemishes from the inside out. The vitamin C contained in the lemon rejuvenates the skin from within your body.
How To Prepare Lemon Water
1. Select healthy lemon fruits and wash them very well.
2. Get a clean jar, or jug of clean water.
3. cut each lemon/lime across its width rather than from end to end so that each piece is a perfect circle. This adds to the aesthetic appeal of the pitcher. Remove any seeds that may choke or obstruct the flow.
4. Squeeze the lemons and limes slightly to release their juice, allowing the slices to retain their attractive round shape, then drop them into the water. The fruit will float, so if you desire a stronger infusion add a layer of ice to keep the citrus below the surface of the water.
5. You can decide to put it in the fridge to cool so you can enjoy it either cooled or chilled.
6. If you wish to add other tastes, you can add other fruit juices like pineapple, apples or whatever you have handy that you can squeeze off its juice to flavour your drink.
You can also enjoy this HOT by using hot water to do it. Whichever way you prefer. Please drink as hot as you can tolerate. Do not hurt yourself.
NOTE: The acid in lemon can actually harm the enamel of your teeth if left to sit in there. So after drinking, make sure that you rinse your mouth very well (making you to drink more water!).
So, don’t just read and smile; remember that if you don’t take any action, you will see no results. Take action and start something NOW’.
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