One of the oldest rituals of “morning people” worldwide is to have a warm glass of water with a lemon first thing in the morning.
It is probably one of the best ways to get your daily dose of antioxidants, and essential vitamins like C and B, minerals like potassium and phosphorus, essential oils, and flavonoids in your body.
Quite a few people use it to successfully lose weight and everyone swears by this method. But only a few people know that it also helps improve immunity and digestion, while reducing your binge eating as it controls cravings.
And if all this wasn’t enough, lemon juice also happens to be extremely beneficial for the following 13 ailments:
1. Helps heal acne
Consuming lemon water helps metabolize the acidic nature of the body alleviating and preventing acne breakouts. You can also rub the juiced lemons on your face to help with acne.
2. Kidney stones
The potassium in this fruit elevate the levels of citrate in the urine, thus preventing the formation of oxalate. Moreover, the vitamin C in lemon juice inhibits the formation of kidney stones.
3. Immunity boost
Lemons contain vitamin C (30-50 mg per lemon) and potassium. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning gives the body a chance to absorb these vitamins effectively and can provide a little immune boost.
Vitamin C is also good for the adrenals and can potentially help reduce the effects of stress. Moreover, lemon water is a great support to the lymphatic system, which works in conjunction with your immune system to trap and eliminate pathogens.
4. Suppress appetite and weight loss
There is evidence that drinking water, especially lemon water, first thing in the morning can help maintain a healthy weight. Researchers in Germany found that drinking enough water increased metabolism by 30 percent for both men and women.
Of course, drinking water (or lemon water) by itself isn’t going to be a miracle weight loss solution, but with other healthy habits, it can help maintain a healthy weight.
The pectin in lemons also suppresses our food craving and the vitamins help in regulating our blood sugar. It also boosts the production of bile in the stomach which breaks down food more effectively and improves the digestion.
5. Gallbladder ache
Drink warm lemon water with your meals to deal with this aching condition.
6. Cold and flu
Treating flu and cold with lemon juice is also helpful as the vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant. It drives away the bacteria and helps you recover faster from a cold.
7. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
GERD, also known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease or more commonly as acid reflux or heartburn can also be treated with lemon water. Try taking that for 2 weeks and keep the over the counter medicines aside and see the difference.
8. Strengthens your fingernails
Lemon water will strengthen your nails and make them less brittle, while also eliminating white spots and stains from them.
9. Food-borne diseases
We cannot control the quality of food while we are traveling and it oftentimes results in a bad case of food poisoning which effectively ruins our vacation or business trip alike. Drinking lemon water while traveling can help counteract the effects of bad food.
Fibromyalgia is a very common ailment which affects a lot many people worldwide. It makes your muscles painful at a lot of places and you have tender spots all over your body which hurt a lot. Lemon water has been known to be helpful in the situation and it can make a lot of difference along with regular yoga and stretches.
11. Reduces inflammation
Whether an inflammation is external or internal, our body will fight it off more quickly and effectively if you drink lemon water daily. Even more, lemon water will actually reduce the odds for an inflammation occurring in the future. Lemons tend to decrease the body acidity, lower uric acid in the organism and, thus, enable the organism to perform in a healthy manner.
12. Sore muscles after workout
Our muscles are very sore after a good session of work out because of the build-up of lactic acid in them. Lemon water can help with the pain and should be taken regularly after working out.
13. Joint swelling and pain
Painful and swollen up joints can also be treated effectively with lemon water. It breaks down the buildup of uric acid in your joints and doesn’t let them get inflamed.