We’re always looking for tricks or “grandmothers’ stuff” to improve our health naturally. The tip we often hear about is the famous lemon water. So, what are the virtues and benefits of lemon? Is lemon water really a miracle cure?
Benefits of Lemon and Lemon Water
The Lemon: An Exceptional Power!
With 34.3 calories per 100 grams of fresh pulp, lemon is a low-calorie food that still has a high nutritional value.
It is rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, iron and copper. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C. The reason?
The very thick bark of the fruit which protects it against the loss of this vitamin, considered as one of the most fragile, after its picking. Precious slimming and detox asset, it is also a health food par excellence because of its richness in various antioxidants, which fight against the free radicals which can damage the cells!
Health Benefits of Lemon
Lemon has many beneficial properties for health that have been recognized for centuries. The two main ones are: on the one hand, its powerful anti-bacterial and antiviral action, and on the other hand, its effectiveness in stimulating the immune system.
It is for these reasons it has been used for centuries to cure many ailments. In ancient times, Egyptians thought that lemon would help fight the effects of various poisons.
In addition, because of its high content of vitamin C, it was also used as a remedy to prevent diseases of old, such as scurvy. Lemon is also used in diets because its juice is also digestive and is a good detox for the liver.
THE 9 BENEFITS OF LEMON WATER
But what are the real benefits of lemon water if drunk on an empty stomach in the morning? Here are some of them:
# 1 HYDRATE OUR ORGANISM
We all know how important it is to hydrate. And precisely, lemon has important moisturizing virtues since it contains 80% water! In addition, for those who find the water tasteless, the lemon gives you the opportunity to give a little more flavor and originality to what you drink!
# 2 PROMOTES DIGESTION
Lemon water, consumed on an empty stomach, would improve the transit: drinking lemon water would help to “take off” the waste left in the stomach thus cleaning our digestive system and thus improve our digestion.
# 3 BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Lemon is one of the richest foods in vitamin C: it will help you fight against tiredness or chronic fatigue and it stimulate the immune system.
# 4 DETOXIFIES THE ORGANISM
Lemon has detoxifying properties because it cleans the digestive system as we saw in point number 2. It is also a mild and natural diuretic: it stimulates the activity of the kidneys helping to eliminate toxins from the skin and our body. #
# 5 AGAINST BAD BREATH
Lemon helps refresh breath and also helps relieve tooth pain and gingivitis
# 6 CLEANS THE SKIN
Thanks to these detoxifying and diuretic properties, lukewarm water with lemon helps to keep skin healthy and luminous. Indeed, its alkaline nature destroys some of the bacteria that cause acne and other skin problems.
Vitamin C and other antioxidants found in lemons also help to reduce wrinkles and stains, and fight free radicals – responsible for accelerated aging of the skin.
# 7 BALANCE THE PH OF THE BODY
With its acidic taste, one tends to think that the lemon would be acidifying. But it is not! Lemon, by its capacity in citric acid, combines in the body with minerals and releases alkaline residues that have an anti-acidifying action. Because of its alkalizing action, the lemon allows the pH of our body to be balanced.
# 8 A NATURAL CUTTER
Lemon is an appetite suppressant because it contains pectin, a fiber that swells in contact with water in the stomach, the lemon sends a satiety message warning small and big hungers! And against compulsive hunger, breathe lemon essential oil.
# 9 WEIGHT LOSS
With only 34.3 calories per 100 grams of pulp, lemon water is a healthy alternative to industrial fruit juices or sodas, high in sugars and calories.
In addition, its high vitamin C content boosts your body allowing us to burn more calories. Thus, drinking lemon water on an empty stomach in the morning would help you lose weight.
In fact, lemon water helps to lose weight because by improving our transit and making our liver work better, our body is therefore optimized for the combustion of fatty acids.
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Tips to Drink Lemon Water in the Morning
So, are you Convinced? Here are some tips to consume your lemon water:
# 1 PROPORTIONS
The perfect proportions of lemon water, to maximize their benefits to our body, are a quarter of lemon for a glass of water. Drink a glass of this mixture on an empty stomach 15 to 20 minutes before your breakfast. Nothing better to start the day!
# 2 HOT WATER OR COLD WATER?
It is important to make sure that the water is warm (room temperature): neither too cold nor too hot: Indeed, too hot water would lead to significant losses of vitamin C (it is very fragile, and disappears with heat).
As for the cold water, it would prevent our body from tolerating the drink – which would neutralize all the expected benefits! Thus, the ideal temperature of lemon water is that of our body, i.e. 37 °.
# 3 WHICH LEMONS TO CHOOSE?
Another important point: the origin of the lemon. Always use fresh lemons, preferably organic (long live the pesticides in your drink otherwise ), and never bottled lemon juice as sold in the supermarket!
# 4 HOW TO PRESS LEMON JUICE?
Use a juicer that squeezes the juice easily, quickly without damaging the fibers (unlike juice extractors). You can also use electric citrus presses, which have the advantage of making juice super fast
# 5 WHEN IS LEMON JUICE NOT RECOMMENDED?
Lemon juice is not recommended, especially on an empty stomach, in case of ulcer, gastritis or acid reflux because of its natural acidity. It is also not recommended to “neuro-arthritic” people who may acidify with lemon. Also remember that the acidity of lemon can weaken our dental. We recommends drinking lemon water with straw and never brushing teeth right after drinking lemon.