Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is one of the most important vitamins for immune health, aiding in the prevention of colds and other infections.
Clean water with lemon juice provides the body with hydration, anti-oxidants, immune boosting vitamin C and electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. Lemon is a tremendous source of citrus bioflavonoid anti-oxidant phytonutrients that have been given the label Vitamin P.
Even if you’re not a big water drinker, you might find yourself reaching for a glass when you realise how awesome it is for your body and mind when you add lemon.
Lemon juice’s atomic structure is similar to that of digestive juices found in the stomach which tricks the liver into producing bile. This increases the absorption of fats, and it is an important part of the absorption of the fat-soluble nutrients such as the vitamin A, D, E and K. Besides its digestive function, bile also serves as the route of excretion for bilirubin, a byproduct of red blood cells recycled by the liver.
Lemon water also helps relieve indigestion or ease an upset stomach. The acids found in lemon encourage your body to process food more slowly, therefore delaying absorption which means insulin levels remain steady and you get more nutrients out of the foods you consume. Better absorption means less bloating. Lemon is known to stimulate the liver’s natural enzymes. This assists the liver in the process of dumping toxins like uric acid and of liquefying congested bile ducts.
REJUVENATES SKIN AND HEALING THE BODY:
Lemons are full of vitamin C and drinking lemon water daily ensures your body gets a sizable amount of vitamin C. Since your body doesn’t make its own vitamin C, it’s important to get enough from the foods and drinks you ingest. Vitamin C stimulates white blood cell production which is vital for your immune system to function properly and keep colds and flu at bay. As an antioxidant, vitamin C protects cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals, keeping your skin looking fresh.
INCREASES ENERGY AND LIFTS MOOD:
Skip the morning cup of coffee as lemons produce bioelectrical energy without the caffeine crash. The food and beverages we eat or drink provide electrically charged molecules that initiate energy production in our bodies. An ion is part of a molecule that carries an electrical charge. Positively charged ions are called ‘cations’, while negatively charged ions are called ‘anions’. Most of the food we eat comes in a cationic form, while our natural digestive processes (hydrochloric acid, digestive enzymes, saliva) are all anionic. Lemon is one of the few anionic foods on the planet. This means that it carries a very strong negative charge and is extremely electrically active and thereby energy producing. The aromatic oils in lemon have been found to reduce stress levels and improve moods.
There are two reasons why the regularly sipping on lemon water van help you lose those last kilos. Firstly, lemons contain pectin, a type of fiber commonly found in fruits which helps you feel full for longer, therefore reducing the need to snack throughout the day. Secondly, when you’re even mildly dehydrated, you’re more prone to things like headaches, fatigue and an overall bad mood. Sipping lemon water helps your body stay hydrated and feeling good.
CLEANSING THE SYSTEM:
The citric acid in lemon juice can play a role in chelating (binding & removing) abnormal calcium stones. It has a unique ability to form soluble complexes with calcium, which has been used to eliminate pancreatic and kidney stones. This mechanism can also help prevent calcium deposits from building up in the arteries which may otherwise lead to cardiovascular disease.