Lemon water is prepared like warm lemonade but without sugar or other sweeteners. It doesn’t sound appealing, right? However, if you consider the impressive health benefits from regularly having lemon water, you might consider it worth your effort to learn to like lemon water. Here are some of the health improvements that lemon water can do for you:
Helps Improve Digestion and Detoxification
The similarity in the atomic structures of lemon juice and the digestive juices allows the former to trick the liver to produce more bile which is essential for digestion. Bile also improves peristaltic action in the intestines that helps food move smoothly through the intestinal tract until out of the body. The liver also uses bile, with the help of the gall bladder to get rid of body toxins. As a mild diuretic, lemon water also helps body detoxification through increased rate of urination.
Boosts The Immune System
Lemon water is a rich source of the following vitamins and minerals:
Vitamin C – an antioxidant that stimulates the production of white blood cells which is vital for the proper function of the immune system. Vitamin C also prevents oxidation of body cells.
Vitamin B – boosts energy production
Riboflavin – for tissue repair
Calcium, phosphorus, magnesium – for strong bones and teeth
Potassium – helps control blood pressure as well as improve nerve and brain function.
Helps keep the skin healthy
As an anti oxidant, Vitamin C is an anti-aging agent that helps reduce wrinkles, blemishes and other damage caused by free radicals. Regular intake of vitamin C also helps the body produce collagen that is needed for smooth, younger-looking skin according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Helps Fight Food Craving and Reduce Weight
Lemons contain pectin fiber that makes you feel full longer, reducing your food craving. With less food intake, you will consequently loss weight.
Helps Balance Body pH
Potential hydrogen or pH, is the measure of the alkalinity or acidity of the fluids and tissues in the body. The pH scale is from 1 to 14. A pH of 7 is neutral. A pH below 7 means that the substance is acidic, while a pH above 7 means that the substance is alkaline. The lower the pH, the more acidic the substance is; the higher the pH, the more alkaline the substance is.
A healthy and balanced body pH is slightly alkaline, about 7.365. The body pH keeps changing but except in the stomach, which is very acidic to aid digestion, should be within the range of 6 and 7.5. Imbalanced body pH affects the immune system, allows the abnormal growth of organisms, damages tissues and the proper function of vital body organs.
Due to the food we eat, the human body tends to be acidic. Drinking lemon water daily helps keep the body slightly alkaline. Lemon juice is acidic as is but after it is fully metabolized or changed into the form that can be utilized by the body, it has an alkalizing effect.
The pH of body fluids like the saliva and urine can be checked using pH test strips or through blood tests. Lemon water is the easy and inexpensive way to ensure an adequate supply of vitamin C because the human body does not produce vitamin C on its own.