When you are eating out at a restaurant and you order water (especially in the south) they usually add a lemon slice to your glass. Do you leave the lemon in your water or do you take it out? You should drink your water with that lemon slice in it. Lemons have wonderful health benefits. Plus if you are someone who doesn’t drink enough water due to its bland taste adding a slice of lemon will spruce up the flavor to encourage you to drink more.
Lemons are part of the citrus family of fruits and have a tart, sour taste which when diluted in a glass of water gives you a great flavor. Lemons are loaded with nutritious elements such as vitamins C, B, riboflavin and minerals calcium, phosphorous and magnesium. These vitamins and minerals are vital components necessary for helping the body to function on a daily basis. By adding lemon to the water you drink you can improve your health in a variety of areas. Here are some of the health benefits that you can receive by consuming lemon in your water.
Lemons are good for the whole body including the stomach, skin, teeth, throat, lungs, blood, weight loss, etc. Lemons are a detoxifier, purifier, and diuretic. They help to relieve digestive problems such as nausea, heartburn, bloating, belching and constipation. When consumed lemon juice aids in the elimination of waste, in the production of bile in the liver and decreases the amount of phlegm produced by the body.
Lemons natural antiseptic properties come into play with the skin, teeth, gums, throat, respiratory system and blood. Consuming lemon water will cleanse the skin from the inside out restoring it to its natural beauty. Lemons have also been used in numerous anti aging remedies to rejuvenate the appearance of one’s skin, reduce wrinkles, and remove blackheads.
The benefits of drinking lemon water are seen greatly in the teeth, gums, and throat because that’s where the first contact is made before entering into the stomach and being passed into the bloodstream. And due to its antibacterial properties it has the ability to remove toxins which can build up in the mouth and cause infections and sore throat. By drinking lemon water you can reduce the pain of a toothache, stop bleeding gums or even relieve bad breath odors. It can also sterilize the throat to reduce throat infections, sore throats, and tonsillitis.
Once in the body lemon water acts as a purifier to cleanse the blood and the entire body. It assists in respiratory problems such as asthma, controls high blood pressure, reduces dizziness and nausea and provides mental relaxation. Due to its diuretic properties lemon water helps to flush out bacteria and toxins which can cause arthritis and rheumatism.
Lastly lemon water can assist in ones effort to lose weight. Lemons stimulate digestion so that the body absorbs nutrients. Plus the vitamins and minerals and phytonutrients that are present within lemons such as calcium and magnesium are essential to help burn fat rather than store fat.
So the next time you order water remember to ask for lemon. And don’t forget to add it to your glass when at home too!