Believe the hype. Five reasons you should be adding lemon water to your morning routine.
Lemons are high in vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system, reduces inflammation, and enhances iron absorption in the body. Lemons also contain saponins, which have antimicrobial properties and reduce the amount of phlegm produced by the body.
Acid helps break down and digest food. That’s why there’s so much of it in our stomachs. The acid in lemons may be especially helpful in supplementing stomach acid levels, which tend to decline as we age. It also encourages the liver to produce bile, an acid needed for digestion.
The digestive qualities of lemon juice help relieve symptoms of indigestion (i.e. heartburn, belching and bloating) and can also stimulate bowel movements.
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials, in part because lemons (and water!) increase the rate of urination. This means toxins are released at a faster rate, keeping your urinary tract clear and healthy.
The citric acid in lemons also helps maximize enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification.
Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. They’re acidic on their own, but when metabolized, their mineral content helps alkalize the blood.
Disease states occur when the body pH is acidic. Drinking lemon water regularly can reduce overall acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints, which is one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation.
Lemons contain phytonutrients, powerful antioxidants that stabilize free radicals, thereby avoiding oxidation and minimizing our risk of disease.