6. Oh, you clever potassium
We all know about bananas and potassium, but did you know that lemons are also high in this essential mineral? Or that, as the third most abundant mineral in the human body, its importance is often underrated? Drinking lemon water will help ensure optimal heart, brain, kidney, and muscular function.
7. A lemon a day keeps the doctor away
Well, sort of. Whilst there is no cure for the common cold, it is certainly true that those who drink lemon water every day experience less colds, and with significantly shorter durations than those who haven’t yet discovered the benefits of lemon water. This is mainly down to the concentration of Vitamin C, the undisputed defender against viral infections and immune system weaknesses.
8. It’s an inflammation buster…
Inflammation doesn’t only refer to the visibly, temporarily ‘inflamed’ – your body’s natural response to injury. Chronic inflammation in the body is a key component in many serious illnesses and has been linked to excess acidity in the body. Drinking lemon water decreases your body’s acidity levels, which in turn assists your body in removing harmful uric acid which can cause inflammation.
9. …and helps maintain pH perfection…
Given that lemons are, as a citrus fruit, acidic by nature, you might be surprised to learn that once absorbed into the bloodstream, lemon water actually has an alkalizing effect on the body tissue. Why is this a good thing? Whilst we need acid to aid in the digestion of food, it is important to balance our body’s pH levels as too much acid makes us prone to diseases from high cholesterol to diabetes.
10. …all while boosting your metabolism
If you are looking to lose weight by making healthy, sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle, lemon water is the perfect accompaniment. Helping to increase metabolism, lemons also contain pectin fiber which has the effect of reducing hunger cravings.
11. So step away from the latte (with ease!)
Many of us rely on our morning coffee for a booster shot of energy, which makes us feel super productive until about 10:30a.m. when the mid-morning slump sets in. By replacing your morning coffee with a cup of warm lemon water for just two weeks, you are sure to feel so alert, refreshed, and all-round healthy that you won’t ever go back.