Looking for a universal and simple remedy for many (if not all) of your ills? It is there, right in your fridge! Or you can choose a nearby café for daily and have it to your heart’s content, because it is unabashedly inexpensive. Now, three guesses: what is it? Yes, lemon water!
The drink’s refreshing properties have been known since Roman times. However, it was just recently that scientists began to research its curative power.
How good is it for your body?
Lemon is loaded with Vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant and effective barrier for free radicals. Thanks to high solubility, Vitamin C is rapidly absorbed by the body and reaches every tiniest part of it. It boosts the immune system and helps you resist cold and infections, keeps your teeth, bones, ligaments, muscles and blood vessels strong, and eases absorption of iron from foods that you take. Finally, it stimulates production of collagen, which is beneficial for skin and prevents premature aging.
There is evidence that lemon juice and, consequently, lemon water, can aid in digestion and prevent constipation. Highly acidic lemon juice has effects similar to those of gastric juices. It stimulates the production of bile and helps the digestive e system to process food passing through it thoroughly.
Also, it adds citrus flavor to water, makes you want to drink more of it, and thus hydrates your body. It acts as a mild diuretic and removes unhealthy stuff from the body by sending you to the bathroom a bit more frequently. Also, lemon juice is renowned for its detoxifying properties.
Citric acid, which lemon juice is rich in, can impede the formation of stones and atherosclerotic plaques. It prevents calcium from depositing in tissues and other materials from attaching to already formed stones.
While most foods carry positive ions (cations), lemon carries negative ones (anions), which enter the body as we eat lemon or drink lemon-based beverages. This triggers intensive energy production process in the body and gives you a shot of healthy energy (also termed ‘clean’), contrary to caffeine-based stimulants, whose unhealthy energy (also known as ‘dirty’) is generated by sugar shifts in sugar balance and oxidative stress. Therefore, of all energy boosters, lemon is but the most powerful and healthiest one.
Some rodent studies have revealed lemon’s ability to control weight gain. This is due to antioxidant’s participation in the process of burning down fats. Also, lemon contains pectin – a kind of fiber, which staves off craving for food and thus moderates the intake of substances, which may cause weight gain.
A glass of water is an excellent morning bad breath killer. Acidic lemon juice kills bacteria that accumulate in your mouth during sleep, and water does away with dry mouth.
How to make lemon water?
There is hardly an easier game than this one! Squeeze one half of a fresh (!) lemon in a glass of hot or warm water and stir it. If you like, you can spice it up with a tiny bit of mint, fruit syrup, cinnamon, ginger, slices of fruits, etc. It is advisable to use high quality filtered water.
Even a simple and safe ‘drug’ such as this can have some side effects and contraindications. Because lemon juice is very acidic, it poses threat to tooth enamel. To reduce the destructive effect, use a straw when drinking it and rinse your mouth right after drinking it.
Be careful if you are prone to heartburn: it may reduce or, vice versa, aggravate heartburn.