At the beginning of each year, we all set goals to improve our health.
By April, you’ve probably forgotten about your promise to go to the gym more often or to add more greens to your diet.
If you’re looking for one of the easiest
All you need to do is have a glass of filtered water and some freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Personally, I find it difficult to chug down 2 litres of plain water every day unless it’s infused with some flavour.
Adding lemon to water can be a delightfully refreshing drink with a myriad of health benefits.
Drinking lemon water can help you set the day to eat healthy and you can drink it cold on a hot summers day or warm during winter.
Nutrition In 1 Glass of Lemon Water
Consider lemon water as one glass of water mixed with the juice of half a small lemon.
The nutrition breakdown is as follows:
Sugars: Less than 1 gram
Vitamin C: 25% of Recommended Daily Intake (RDI)
Folate: 1% of RDI
Potassium 1% of RDI
The exact nutritional value will depend on how much water or lemon juice you add.
Here Are 5 Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water
#1 Supports the Immune System: Lemon is rich in Vitamin C, riboflavin and B-complex and contains traces of iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, and potassium. It supports immune function and helps fight infections.
Just drinking a glass of lemon water every morning can help you recover more quickly from colds, coughs and sore throat.
#2 Promotes Hydration: General guidelines suggest women should drink 2.69
Although water is the best form of hydration, many people don’t like the taste of it on its own. Adding lemon enhances water flavor which may help you drink more.
#3 Improves Skin Quality: Vitamin C found in lemons may help reduce dry skin, damage from sun rays and skin wrinkling.
Although I don’t entirely buy the whole vitamin C serum, one thing is for certain – when your skin loses moisture, it becomes dry and prone to wrinkles. Drinking lemon water will help hydrate your skin.
#4 Supports Heart Health: According to a scientific study by “Nutrition Research”, eating 24 grams of citrus fiber extract daily for a month reduce total blood cholesterol.
Since lemons are high in Vitamin C and contains beneficial plant compounds, adding them to your diet may help lower cholesterol.
#5 Increases Iron Absorption: Iron is an essential mineral that is a building block for hemoglobin aka red blood cells.
You can obtain good sources of iron by eating beef, pork, chicken and seafood. While not all dietary iron is absorbed equally, adding foods rich in vitamin C like lemon has been shown to enhance iron absorption.
# Bonus benefit ✌️: Lemon contains Hesperidin which inhibits inflammation and the production of reactive oxygen species according to a study from Mediators of Inflammation.
Many diseases are a result of high inflammation such as diabetes, obesity, arthritis and muscular degeneration.
Bottom line: Research shows lemon water has many potential health benefits. Around 90% of your body weight comes from water therefore adding lemon not only keeps you hydrated but also provides vitamins.
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