1. Lemon water May Help You Lose Weight
Drinking a glass of water before a meal fills your stomach, leading you to eat less to fill satisfied. So why not drink a glass of water with a little squeeze of lemon. “The polyphenols in lemon may reduce appetite,” says registered dietician Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE. It can replace your morning glass of orange juice and that will save you calories.
2. It Aids Digestion
Acids of lemon water help to digest food. ‘The citrus flavonoids in lemon aid the acid in the stomach in breaking down food, which may improve overall digestion,’ says Palinski-Wade. ‘Warming the water seems to provide the greatest digestive benefits.’ Aiding digestion is especially important as we get older because the amount of acid in our stomach declines with age.
3. It Help Keeps You From Getting Sick
It’s already known that vitamin C, which is found in citrus fruits like lemon, strengthens your immune system. But drinking lemon water is more than that – It also helps to prevent infection. ‘Certainly the acidic environment in the stomach serves as a barrier, deterring pathogens from gaining a foothold and causing illness,’ says Roxanne B. Sukol, MD, medical director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Enterprise. ‘Ingestion of highly acidic foods, including lemon juice, contributes to the acidic environment.’
4. Lemon Water are a Great Source of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells against free radicals, and according to the National Institutes of Health, this could even help protect us again cardiovascular disease and cancer. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a fourth of a cup of lemon juice yields 23.6 mg of vitamin C, about a third of the recommended daily allowance for women and a fourth for men. Vitamin C also prevents scurvy, a disease of weakened connective tissue that is crucial for wound healing and results in bleeding gums.
5. Drinking Flavoured Water May Entice You to Drink More
Some people struggle to drink an adequate amount of water per day simply because they find water boring or do not enjoy the taste, adding Lemon flavour to water may help them to drink more and keep them from dehydration and from heaving kidney stones (moreover, the acid from the lemon can help keep the stones from coming together). It will also increase your metabolism and will be part of a healthy way to help you go to the bathroom.
6. Vitamin C is Associated With Fewer Wrinkles
Drinking lemon water will increae your Vitamin C intake which might help your skin. ‘Because vitamin C is a nutrient that can fight off free-radical damage, it can protect skin,’ Palinski-Wade says. This could be due to vitamin C’s effects on collagen, which helps make up the connective tissue under the skin. ‘In addition, the hydration from the water helps skin stay more subtle and provides a more youthful appearance,’ she adds.
7. Lemon Water May Help Liver Function Better
Studies have found that the citrus flavonoids in lemon may protect the liver against toxins and reduce fat in the liver, protecting against fatty liver disease. Palinski-Wade says. ‘Your liver is the body’s natural mechanism for flushing out toxins; so although claims of ‘detoxification’ from lemon juice aren’t exactly proven, helping the liver to work better could benefit your body.
8. It Increases Potassium Levels
We generally associate potassium with bananas, but it turns out lemons are a good source as well. ‘Potassium is an element that is essential for cell function and metabolism, transmission of nerve signals.’ Dr. Sukol says. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, potassium, an electrolyte, helps to conduct electricity throughout the body. This nerve-muscle communication helps skeletal-muscular function.
9. Your Breath Will stay Fresh
‘The citrus in lemon water may help to reduce the growth of bacteria in the mouth, which may lead to fresher breathe,’ Palinski-Wade says. However, it may be better to drink them through a straw so the acid acid in lemon juice will not, over time, erode the enamel of your teeth.
The article is taken from MSN Lifestyle/Nutrition Section.
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