Ah, the humble lemon. We are big fans of this little yellow fruit – so unassuming, yet with so many unexpected uses. Not long ago we reported on what happened when we drank water with warm honey and lemon every day for a year – and the results were fascinating.
As if you needed any more convincing that starting your day with a glass of warm water and lemon was the way to go, we have compiled this ultimate list of health and beauty benefits that can be derived from lemon water.
1. It works wonders for your digestive health
It is often said that a healthy digestive system is the cornerstone of good all-round health. Lemons are an important source of pectin fibre which is necessary for good colon health, so a glass of warm lemon water each morning acts as a kick-start for your digestive system, reminding it to eliminate accumulated waste from the previous day.
2. Lemon water = the original rehydrator
Centuries before energy drinks, rehydration salts, and glucose-electrolyte solutions flooded the market, lemon water was used as a highly efficient dehydration treatment. When we exercise we lose electrolytes (minerals including sodium, potassium, and chloride) through sweat – and whilst drinking water alone will rehydrate you, adding a few slices of lemon to the mix will speed up the process of rebalancing the electrolytes in your body.
3. The eyes have it
Remember being told as a child that eating carrots would make you see in the dark? Well, there’s a new (age-old, actually) mantra in town. As a citrus fruit, lemons are packed full of Vitamin C and antioxidants which work together to form a protective effect against cataracts and macular degeneration. Drink up, kids!
4. For peachy soft skin, drink…lemons!
This one seems like it should be a no-brainer since we all know that staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water is the number one thing you can do for your skin. Turn that water into lemon water, however, and you get supercharged benefits. Because lemons contain powerful antioxidants, you will notice a decrease in blemishes and wrinkles, and smoother, healthier-looking skin as a result of its detoxifying benefits.
5. Lemons are your liver’s best friend
Keeping your liver happy is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health, and drinking lemon water can help your liver function at a tip-top level. As well as flushing out toxins by enhancing the enzyme function, the citric acid found in lemons also helps dispel harmful bacteria.