I’ve just been introduced to lemons. That’s not what I expected to happen today, but it did. I’ve tasted them before but only when they’ve been stuck on the side of a glass of Coca-Cola. This time, it’s just a lemon squeezed into warm (not boiling!) water – plain and simple eh?! It tastes odd I can assure you, but allow me to explain why hot lemon juice is good for you…
A study published in 2008 shows that drinking around 3 ounces of lemon juice a day, the equivalent of around a third of a cup helps eliminate citric acid and can prevent kidney stones from developing. It decreases the acidity of your urine, which prevents the formation of calcium oxalate and uric acid stones. It is said that lemon juice helps break up kidney stones and dissolves them so they can pass through the bladder through urination.
It also boosts your intake of vitamin C which is an important antioxidant. The 3 ounces of recommended lemon juice contains around 35 mg of vitamin C and the best news of all for us calorie watchers is that it’s less than 20 calories. This 3-ounce ‘portion’ is also a third of the recommended amount of vitamin C for men and just less than half what is recommended for women.
It is reported that vitamin C helps slow down the effects of aging and lowers the risk of diseases such as cancer.
Before I started on my fitness journey, I drank between ten and fifteen cups of tea a day. I’ve got that down to around four cups now as I only drink spring water between breakfast and dinner times. Water is good for hydration obviously, so popping a lemon in there will bring a ton of other additional benefits.
Lemon water assists the digestive process and can relieve the symptoms of nausea, heartburn and even constipation. It encourages the liver to increase the production of ‘bile‘ which is an acid required for digestion and the elimination of waste from your body.
The potassium content in lemons is known to promote healthy brains, which if taken early in the morning over breakfast can assist in you performing better throughout the day, enabling you to be more focused on the day’s tasks also.
There are obvious oral benefits too, as it is said that lemons can help alleviate toothache, however; there is a negative side which can involve the citric acid eroding your tooth enamel, so it is advised that you rinse your mouth out after drinking each cup.
I heard recently that lemon water can help scars fade if applied directly to the sun! Truthful or another Internet myth do you reckon? If you have tried this, do let me know.
Whether or not drinking lemon juice aids weight loss is still an unanswered question to me because the Internet is riddled with contradictory advice. Lemons are high in pectin fiber which is a key component in healthy diets. Fiber reduces food cravings and slows down the digestive process. They also help you relax more and can therefore reduce anxiety or stress, two things which trigger high blood pressure.
I now drink two full pint glasses of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon in there every day, and leave the lemon floating in the glass of course, to further juice up the water! Drinking a glass of warm lemon water every morning can help prevent minor illnesses such as the common cold, or as us guys like to call it; the dreaded Man Flu which has been known to kill soft men globally! (*joke)
Thanks to Amanda Brophy for forcing me to try hot lemon water!
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