What is lemon water good for?
Sometimes all it takes is a small change in your lifestyle to trigger a cascade of health benefits. Drinking lemon water in summer is one of them.
Lemon water is one of the easiest and most accessible remedies for everyone, without exception. Why lemons? They are rich in vitamin C, group B, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, magnesium, and they have even more potassium than apples and grapes!
Potassium is responsible for proper water-salt balance and cellular hydration. Plus, lemons are one of the most readily available fruits all year round. In fact, all you need is a lemon, clean, cool water and the habit of drinking this lemonade constantly throughout the day.
What impact can such a simple method have on health?
Helps to avoid dehydration
Lemon water helps prevent dehydration, which is especially important in hot weather. Lemon water is more pleasant to drink than water and it’s easier to keep your body hydrated by drinking 30 ml every half hour. Acidified water is also more thirst-quenching and cellular water, as it is filtered by the kidneys more slowly.
No sugar should be added, but mint or basil leaves make lemon water even more palatable.
It detoxifies the body
Lemon water, which is rich in vitamin C, improves the function of enzymes and stimulates the liver, helping it to detoxify the body faster. In the case of a slight cold, hot lemon water will effectively flush out metabolites of viruses and cleanse the blood and lymph, while also saturating the body with vitamins. The rule of thumb here is that the more lemon water you drink, the better!
Don’t forget to monitor your water balance, especially when you are sick (clean, clear urine will tell you that you are drinking enough!).
Refreshes and purifies the skin
Cleansing the body from the inside, lemon water effectively fights skin imperfections, loads us up with antioxidants – the main helpers of glowing, healthy skin, vitamin C, which is essential for collagen to produce new cells. If you drink lemon water regularly on a regular basis, your skin will become clearer and smoother, freckles and age spots will disappear or lighten, and even wrinkles will be smoothed out a little!
Strengthens the immune system
Lemon is an ideal food for the immune system. It contains a combination of high levels of vitamin C, which is in a stable form and not destroyed by hot water, carotenoids, vitamin A – ideal for keeping lymphocytes and macrophages working, the body’s main defenders against pathogens.
Helps you lose weight
Lemons contain very active pectin fibre or pectin. If you make lemon water with pulp, such a drink will seriously heal the gastrointestinal tract, stimulate the growth of beneficial flora and strengthen the immune system. In addition, you can lose 2 to 5 kg, especially if you combine such a drink with light exercise.
It gets rid of swelling.
The citric acid in lemon water helps to remove excess fluid, including from the intercellular space. Swelling goes away, skin turgor is smoothed out, the face and body become more refined, and the lymphatic system is given the resources to work more efficiently to eliminate toxins and pathogens.
Lemon water before a meal physiologically increases the acidity of the stomach, which is a prerequisite for quality assimilation of protein, receiving and absorption of amino acids from food, helps establish a kind of “barrier” to ingestion of parasites and fungi. Overall, heals the gastrointestinal tract.
Helps you get rid of caffeine.
Lemon water in the morning instead of coffee just as invigorating and gives energy without overloading the adrenal glands. Lemon water does not stimulate cortisol, which is already at its peak in the morning, sets a good mood and adjusts to a calm working mode.
Lemon essential oils, which are abundant in this citrus fruit, activate the brain centres responsible for relaxation. The lemon aroma does not inhibit the nervous system, but gently soothes it. Drinking lemon water is the best way to calm and tune out if you are stressed or tired.
Refreshes the breath
Lemon is a strong antiseptic and contains a lot of essential oils and several types of acids. Lemon water protects the mouth against cavities, forms the right alkaline balance (lemon is an alkaline product, not acidic), fights bacteria and helps the local microflora to regenerate.
Helps against nausea and motion sickness.
Relevant for hot summer weather – if you overheat, you can’t drink water in a gulp! Make a lemon drink, preferably with mint, and drink it in small sips to relieve nausea (also good for travel sickness), relieve headaches and saturate cells with water.
Helps with sunburn
Surprisingly, lemon water is an effective treatment for sunburn. Just make a weak solution (1 slice per 500ml of warm water) and wipe the affected areas. This will shift the balance of the skin towards alkaline and make the skin’s own probiotics work for faster recovery. Vitamin C will give extra protection and resource.
Lemon water is an amazing and surprisingly simple health remedy that can help in emergency situations and change existing habits in favour of healthier ones!