9 Compelling Reasons to Drink Lemon Water

For many, lemon water is viewed as an old wives tale. However, for those in the know, it hosts a plethora of benefits for the skin, hair and gut. Drinking pure water from the water cooler is already a good first step to feeling well but adding a bit of lemon can have some surprising benefits. Below are some of the most compelling reasons why you might want to start drinking lemon water.

High in Protein

Lemon water is high in protein[1] and potassium, which helps to stimulate the central nervous system and boost red blood cells. It is thought that for athletes, this is helpful in boosting performance and energy[2].

Vitamin C

Discovered in 1747, the benefits of Vitamin C in lemon water actually helped to reduce the effects on scurvy. As our bodies cannot produce the vitamin by itself, we have to rely on outside sources to help our internal health. A lack of this vitamin can lead to stress, a weakened immune system, slower wound healing and fatigue[3].

Maintains PH Balance

Much like alkaline water, lemon water can help to maintain a balance of PH in the body[4].

Improves Cardiovascular Health

Lemon water can be very beneficial for the cardiovascular system[5]. This is down to the anti-oxidant effect it has on your heart and blood vessels & its purifying qualities on toxins in the body.

Improves Renal Function

As a natural diuretic, lemons, when added to water, can increase the rate at which you urinate. This is helpful to the renal system in that it promotes the elimination of toxins and other waste materials within the body[6].

Antioxidants

Although water by itself has its own benefits on health, adding lemon to it not only adds flavour but comes with the added benefits of minerals and nutrients our bodies can’t produce on their own. It’s even said that the citrus flavour is linked to increased blood circulation and benefits those with insulin sensitivity[7].

Aids Weight Loss

When lemon is added to warm water, it’s a sure fire way to help you increase metabolism and aid in your weight loss. According to Dr Marilyn Glenville[8], lemon juice is also a great way to eliminate toxins in the body when losing weight.

Acts as a Natural Detox Agent

In a bid to see the effects of Lemon Water on the liver, a recent study concluded that citric acid is a sure fire way to prevent liver damage and aid in detoxing the body entirely[9].

Anti-ageing

As previously mentioned, lemon water is full of natural antioxidants. Its ability to detoxify free radicals in the body is a huge influence in terms of anti-ageing[10]. No wonder it’s used in face lotions to reduce wrinkles on the face.

How to make Lemon Water

When trying to reap the benefits of lemon water, you will need to drink it rather often. It’s always best to use fresh lemons and pure water from a water cooler, as to avoid artificial sweeteners with lemon juices and any limescale in the water itself.

You can make lemon water simply by squeezing the juice into a glass of water. In order to make the drink as fresh as possible, use purified water. If you’d like to boost your drink further, add a sprinkle of turmeric.

 

References:

  1. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf00064a035?journalCode=jafcau
  2. http://www.hydrationcheck.com/pdf/Whole_body_rinse_paper_LEA%20DJC_09.pdf
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1390376/
  4. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10295-007-0276-7
  5. https://www.internationaljournalofcardiology.com/article/S0167-5273(08)00573-1/abstract
  6. https://bmcurol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2490-7-18
  7. https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlehtml/2011/fo/c1fo10077g
  8. https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=escsbV29Ao8C&oi=fnd&pg=PT4&dq=lemon+water+weightloss&ots=AOe4qjUhpS&sig=Fx85GtWrJOViOwN12S1zjNZzFSw#v=onepage&q&f=false
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4026104/
  10. https://patents.google.com/patent/US20120064136A1/en