I gotta be honest, until about 10 years ago, the only lemons I had came with a shot of tequila and salt.
Now, my tequila slammer days might be over, but that doesn’t mean I’ve given up on the little yellow-fellow.
Not at all, in fact I’ve been having lemon water in the mornings on and off for several years now.
You see, any nutritionist or dietician worth their salt will tell you that lemon water is a fantastic way to kick off your day.
Now, you might have hard of peeps drinking warm lemon water to boost their health. And…
Let me tell you, it’s not just yoga peeps and vegan-ites either.
Regular folk like me and you can also benefit from the powers of lemon. So…
Let me give you a heads up on all the benefits and we can be lemon drinking buddies, well, something like that…
#1 Aids Digestion
Lemon juice is actually very similar to the digestive juices found in our stomachs. And…
Because of this, the cheeky lemon, tricks the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving through your body and gastrointestinal tract smoothly.
The acids found in lemons also slows down the absorption of food, which means insulin levels remain steady and you get more nutrients out of the foods you consume.
Which is good news, because better nutrient absorption means less belly bloat too.
Also, it’s worth noting that lemon water benefits the enzyme functions in our bodies, stimulating the liver and flushing out those pesky toxins. And…
When you are able to flush out these toxins your bod will function much better overall – happy days!
#2 Excellent Source Of Potassium
Everyone know bananas are a great source of potassium, but lemons also pack a serious punch too.
Throw magnesium and calcium into the lemon equation and we’ve got ourselves a handy electrolyte drink that’ll help keep you hydrated too.
#3 Gives your immune system a kick up the assimus
Several years ago when I was struggling with a throat infection Mrs W whacked some lemon water with honey under my nose. I thought she’d gone bonkers, but it turns out that lemons (and honey) can actually help hammer down infections.
This is because the unassuming lemon is a baddass with 187% of your recommended daily dose of Vitamin C.
When you’re overly stressed your vitamin C levels bomb! So, pick them back up with a cheeky glass of lemon juice and water.
#4 Reduces Inflammation
Arthritis and similar disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, are common diseases affecting millions of people around the World.
According to a study published in the Chemistry Central Journal (2015), lemons possess a bounty of natural metabolites. The authors went on to suggest that “Citrus fruits exhibit plentiful bioactivities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antimicrobial and anti-allergy activities, as well as cardiovascular effect, neuroprotective effect, hepatoprotective effect, obesity control, etc.”
According to the inflammation factor diet, it’s not the best food source for fighting inflammation, but when you couple it with all of the other benefits mentioned here – we’ll take it!
#5 Gives you an energy boost
Citric acid in lemon is highly electrically active, and pure water acts as a conductor to deliver electrolytes directly to your cells.
It’s likened to a liquid sunshine burst that boosts cell energy and nourishes your adrenals for a clean energy output that sustains you throughout your day.
This is why lemon water is so effective in helping people kick the coffee habit.
Coffee is dehydrating and stresses your adrenals. Although you’re temporarily energized, this kind of dirty energy is actually very draining and depletes your body’s energy reserves.
#6 Helps to dodge caffeine
Most people in Western society have got into the habit of having several cups of tea and coffee every day. And…
Unfortunately, that’s not so good for our health.
Obviously caffeine is a stimulant and if you “NEED” caffeine to function through the day, you’ve got a problem.
You see, although caffeine might give you an instant pick me up, it’s actually dehydrating and stresses your adrenals. You might consider it “dirty energy”, which simply leads to an energy slump and the craving of sweet foods for more instant fixes!
I tell everyone that follows my training programs to either cut out caffeine all together or stick with herbal tea if they want to shrink their waistline quickly.
This is hard at first, especially the headache part, but once you’ve done this you’ll thank me. Plus, having lemon water on hand helps with the transition from coffee junkie to lemon lover!
#7 Helps you lost weight?!
According to a study in the Journal of Nutrition in 2007, when blood levels of vitamin C were tested in 118 men and women participating in the study, people who were overweight and had a larger waist measurement had significantly lower levels of vitamin C.
The researchers also reported that people with adequate blood levels of vitamin C break down more fat during exercise. Now, does that mean we should load up on vitamin C.
Chances are the people who had high levels of vitamin C looked after their bods better, than those who didn’t and as a consequence they weighed less. So…
Despite what Dr Oz might have us believe, there are no magic beans (or lemons in this case).
Yes, lemons can boost your health and have a bounty of benefits, which might well help peeps lose weight indirectly.
They’re not going to replace exercise or a “clean” diet. So…
If you want to improve your overall health and well-being, get on the lemon juice and water train first thing in the morning and if you wanna flat belly fast, then you might wanna spruce up your diet.