One of the first things I do every day is drink a glass of cold water with fresh squeezed lemon juice. The vitamin C helps kick start your immune system and, along with its fiber, it helps clear away toxins that have accumulated in your digestive system over night. For those of us who enjoy a cup of coffee every day, the alkalizing power of lemon juice also acts as a wonderful balance against the acidity of morning brew.
5 GREAT REASONS TO ADD LEMON TO YOUR DIET TODAY:
1. ENERGY BOOSTING
Lemon essential oil is used in aromatherapy to brighten the mood, to wake you up, and get you moving. Put in water, lemon juice can provide similar benefits. Try a glass of water with lemon in the afternoon to help stave off the mid day slump.
Hydrating in general promotes healthy digestion and regularity. But lemon water also helps soothe indigestion, heartburn, bloating, and burping. The fiber found in lemons from pectin is also very good for colon health.
Again, hydration is excellent for promoting healthy skin, but adding lemon to your water can go one step further. The antioxidants in lemon water help fight the signs of aging and can even decrease blemishes.
4. WEIGHT LOSS
When you want to lose weight, one of the greatest pieces of advice is to drink more water. but when you add lemon to the mix, your weight loss drink is supercharged. The pectin promotes regular digestion and can help you feel full. When you feel a craving coming on, try a glass of lemon water instead.
5. IT'S A NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSE
Lemon is packed with nutrients. It is loaded with Vitamin C, B vitamins, fiber, magnesium, iron, calcium, and more potassium than apples and grapes. Vitamin C in particular is an important antioxidant that can help protect the body from free radicals, which work to damage healthy cells and potentially cause inflammation, among other things.