Is it really to good to be true???
There are only a few industries out there where trends come and go as often as they do in health and fitness. Every few months you hear about a new superfood, workout, or diet trick that is supposed to blow your mind. It’s almost overwhelming because you feel as if you’re going to keel over if you don’t implement this new found knowledge right away.
With all these trends that come and go is that often times it’s just hearsay. These weekend warriors or forum posters are not health professionals so it’s important to take everything you hear with a grain of salt.
One health phenomenon that has become popular in recent years is drinking lemon water. Consuming this beverage supposedly has numerous health benefits, and has become a favorite of celebrities and celeb-wannabees through their ‘cleanses’.
Fact or Fiction?
The idea behind lemons and lemon water is that its nutrients and acidic composition offer numerous benefits to the body. These benefits range from digestion to clear skin. To separate fact from fiction, it’s necessary to look a little deeper.
What's so great about lemons?
To understand the power of lemons, you have to know what supposedly makes them great. Lemons contain numerous vitamins and minerals such as potassium and vitamin C. It’s also acidic which gives it anti-septic qualities that fight infection and can aid digestion.
Lemon Water Benefits:
Clears Your Skin
Keeping your skin looking healthy is the goal of anyone who wants to look younger and more attractive. Lemons contain properties that when consumed help make our skin look great in several different ways:
Lemons are chock full of vitamin C, a vitamin that is essential in the production of collagen. If you’re not familiar with collagen, it is a substance that is responsible for preventing the formation of wrinkles.
Gets Rid of Toxins
Drinking lemon water helps flush toxins from the body in two ways. The first of which is simply by consuming adequate amounts of liquid. The second is that it helps promote healthy liver function which aids in getting rid of toxins.
Boost the Immune System
A famous chemist by the name of Linus Pauling advocated for taking large doses of vitamin C to help boost immune system function. While many question his hypothesis, the role of vitamin C in boosting our body’s ability to fight infection is clear.
Citrus fruits are highly touted as an excellent source of vitamin C; lemons are no exception to this rule. Drinking a tall glass of lemon water when sick will help your immune system fight off infection, and can also help soothe a sore throat.
Cleanses the Liver
The way our liver works is by utilizing enzymes to convert substances into water soluble forms to help the body purge them with more ease. The more enzymes the liver can produce, the more it can “cleanse” the body.
The reason lemons are so popular in cleanses is because, “The liver produces more enzymes from lemon/lime water than any other food, according to A.F. Beddoe.”
This doesn’t mean you have to undergo a cleanse, but it is a good idea to use lemon water to give your liver a boost so that it can flush toxins out of the body.
You’re probably aware that your stomach is full of acid that helps to break down food after you consume it. So consuming more acid doesn’t seem to make sense, at least at first. Consuming lemon water actually helps to promote digestion in a litany of ways:
- Production of Bile: As was previously mentioned, lemon water helps promote healthy liver function. It also helps to encourage the creation of bile, an essential ingredient in the process of digestion.
- Cleanses the Digestive Tract: Oftentimes our intestines get lined with harmful toxins that inhibit the process of digestion. The chemical composition and nutritional content of lemons help to rid the body of these built up toxins. It also normalizes the production of Hydrochloric Acid which is essential when it comes to the digestion process.
Enjoy the Health Benefits of Lemon Water Today!
If you want to give lemon water a try, go to your nearest grocery store and buy a couple lemons. In the morning, slice a lemon in half and squeeze the half into a tall glass of lukewarm water and slowly sip it.
As you can see consuming lemon water definitely has its merits. Whether you’re looking to improve your digestion or to just look and feel better, lemon water is something you should incorporate into your life.
If you’re still skeptical about picking up this new habit, at least give it a try. The only way to know if something truly works is to try for yourself and experience the results.
Give it a go and report back in the comments to let us know how your experience was!