Improving your health may sound overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be – small tweaks and additions to your daily routine can make a big difference and impact on your health.
So let’s talk about lemon water. It’s so simple to do daily and has many health benefits. Starting your day with a glass of lemon water in the morning is an Ayurvedic technique that’s become all the rage for the positive effects on your health and well-being.
Lemons are a great source of vitamin C and flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants – one 58 gram lemon offers over 30 milligrams of vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for your health and vitamin C deficiencies can lead to health problems. Lemons also reduce risk of heart disease, anemia, kidney stones, digestive issues and cancer!
Here are some basic health benefits of lemon water:
1.Supports Heart Health
Lemons are a great source of vitamin C – offering 51% of the reference daily intake. Incorporating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Hesperidin and diosmin, plant compounds found in lemons, have been found to lower cholesterol. By adding lemon juice to your water you are reaping the benefits of vitamin C!
We should all be aiming to drink at least 10 cups of water each day, which can be a lot if you’re not a big water drinker! A glass of lemon water, especially in the morning, gives your body the proper hydration to start your day. Lemons add flavor to your water and make it easier for a lot of my clients to drink and actually enjoy!
3.Supports Weight Loss and Digestion
Drinking water in the morning is a great way to increase your metabolism and maintain healthy weight, especially warm water! Lemon water helps get your digestive system moving and eliminate waste. The acid in lemon supports the breakdown of food and makes it easier for your body to soak up the nutrients from your meals! Lemon juice will loosen toxins in your GI tract, lighten the painful symptoms of indigestion and
4.Improves Skin Quality
Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your skin and when you add lemons to the mix, you’ve got a recipe for great skin! Lemons have proven to have a wide range of benefits for your skin, their antibacterial properties have the ability to fight break-out causing bacteria resulting in clear and brighter skin. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid and when used over time this antioxidant aids in boosting collagen production, which can lighten dark spots on your skin! Citric acid is a natural astringent that minimizes oily and greasy complexions. Regular consumption of vitamin C supports younger looking skin – aka less wrinkles!!
5.Helps Prevent Kidney Stones
Nitrate is a chemical that prevents calcium stones from forming and breaks up small stones so they can pass more easily. Nitrate is a chemical found in lemons. If used consistently and frequently, lemon juice allows your body to reap the benefits of nitrate and reduces the risk of kidney stones.
With the ability to cleanse your cells, lemon water can soften your blood vessels and make them more flexible, which helps lower blood pressure. As an antioxidant, lemons free radicals from the body. Drink your lemon water to help regulate your blood pressure!
7.Protect Against Anemia
Anemia occurs when your body is not getting enough iron from your foods. Lemon contain a small dose of iron but they aid your body in absorbing iron from other plants. Lemons contain vitamin C and citric acid, which protect against anemia by ensuring that you absorb as much iron as possible!
8.Boosts Immune System
Lemons have antibacterial and antiviral qualities because they are a natural antioxidant. Vitamin C is great support for your body and aids your body in fighting diseases.
Here is Melina’s Lemon Water Protocol:
1. Start your day with one glass of warm or room temperature lemon water to hydrate you and stimulate your digestive system.
2. Drink a glass of lemon water in between meals to keep you hydrated and control your appetite.
3. Keep hydrated throughout the day to avoid confusing dehydration with hunger.