Lemon is a popular citrus fruit used in all sorts of warm and cold beverages, such as tea and juices, due to its refreshing scent and flavour. Lemon water is a popular drink these days, both at home and at restaurants. You can easily make lemon water at home by squeezing the juice of half a lemon in around 8 ounces of water. You can also add mint, honey, turmeric, cinnamon and/or ginger for additional flavours and health benefits.
Several research studies have highlighted the health benefits of drinking warm lemon water every morning on an empty stomach. Here are some reasons why you should make lemon water a part of your daily routine:
It is high in vitamin C, which helps fight the common cold and reduces the risk of many diseases and health conditions.
- It can help improve your skin quality, protecting it from sun damage and aging.
- Lemons are a good source of magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
- To stay hydrated, you need to consume sufficient amounts of water everyday. Adding lemon to water can enhance its flavour and encourage you to drink more.
- Anecdotal evidence suggests that lemon water can help promote weight loss by increasing the body’s metabolic rate.
- Drinking warm lemon water after you wake up can prevent digestive issues such as constipation.
- If you drink lemon water in the morning and after meals, it can help you avoid bad breath.
- It helps cleanse the liver and flushes out toxins.
- It can reduce joint and muscle pain.
It is generally safe to drink lemon water. However, you should be aware of potential side effects. The citric acid in lemons can erode tooth enamel so you can drink lemon water with a straw or rinse your mouth with plain water immediately after consumption. The citric acid can also cause heartburn in some people while others may actually experience relief from it. Consult your doctor or health coach if you are unsure about how it might impact any existing health conditions.