Healthy Living: The Many Benefits Of Drinking Lemon Water
Why Should We Drink Lemon Water
Many diets consist of foods that are considered 'acid forming' (see image below ). What this term means is that your blood tends to have a more acidic make up. The pH level of blood should be 7.4. A diet that consists of foods that are high in fat and low in carbohydrates is considered to be acid forming. Problems that can arise from having a diet high in acid forming foods include:
- Respiratory problems
- Cardiac Problems
- Gastric and Intestinal Problems
- Muscular Problems
- and problems with the Central Nervous System
Examples of some of the problems caused by having an acidic diet include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Digestive Disorders
Lemons are considered to be one of the most alkaline foods in the world. It helps to neutralize the pH levels in the body by reducing overall levels of acidity, despite it being known as an acidic food.
Vitamin and Mineral Benefits of Lemon Water
- Potassium: Potassium helps to regulate blood pressure which decreases the risk of cardiovascular problems and helps with overall kidney health. Potassium is said to lower the risk of kidney stones.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C is beneficial to the immune system and helps to fight off viruses such as colds and flu. Vitamin C can also lower blood pressure and benefits individuals who have had their immune systems weakened by stress.
Additional Benefits Of Lemon Water
- High In Pectin Fibre: This can help with weight loss as pectin fibre helps to starve off hunger cravings.
- Helps To Balance pH Levels: as stated above, this is extremely helpful for individuals who have diets high in acid forming foods.
- Helps With Constipation: lemons help to stimulate the bowels and can be useful in preventing constipation as well as softening stools.
- Helps The Immune System: Lemons are high in Vitamin C, which helps to boost your immune system.
- Helps With Oral Health: lemons help to fight against common oral hygiene problems such as gingivitis. It can also help to freshen breath.
Other Ways To Drink Lemon Water
Lemon and water does not have to be consumed on just its own. There are a few other fruits and even spices and spreads that can be added to the mixture to receive additional health benefits, or to improve the taste. Some of these additives include ( but are not limited to):
- Cayenne Pepper
Limes and lemons often go hand and hand. It is not rare to see Lemon-Lime listed as a type of juice flavour. The reason for this is because limes contain some of the same health benefits of lemons. Warm lemon/lime juice lowers pH levels, so it is best to drink this combination before you are about to eat.
Limes are also high in Potassium, Calcium, Vitamin C and Magnesium. They help to aid digestion and to regulate bowel movements. They also help to reduce blood pressure and aid in overall heart health.
Be aware of lemon/lime juices that are made with artificial sweeteners. These will do more harm to your body than good. It is always best to use freshly squeezed lemons or limes.
With Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is a kick-start for both your body's metabolism and circulatory system. It is also another example of an alkaline food and helps to lower pH. Drinking warm lemon water with a few sprinkles of cayenne pepper will leave you feeling more energized and this drink can be used as part of a complete detox of the body. Cayenne peppers are also praised for reducing joint pain, helping the blood to clot, and can even reduce heartburn.
Vitamin and Mineral Benefits of Cayenne Pepper
- Vitamin A: this vitamin helps with your overall vision, supports the immune system, and helps with the growth and development of cells.
- Vitamin E: this vitamin is a powerful antioxidant and helps to protect against heart disease,
- Vitamin B6: this vitamin is important for proper brain functioning and also helps to detoxify the liver.
Honey when used in conjunction with lemons is known for being a great aid to the immune system. Next time you visit a pharmacy, count how many cold and flu relievers that you see on the shelves that include honey and lemon as ingredients. Honey and lemon are excellent natural remedies for bouts with the cold and flu.
Honey is also a natural energy booster, so drinking warm lemon water and honey every morning will encourage you to ditch the cups of coffee in favour for something healthier and natural. There have also been claims that warm lemon water with honey helps with weight loss due to lemons being low in calories and honey being high in energy.
Cinnamon can be added to warm lemon water on its own, or mixed alongside honey or cayenne pepper for the ultimate early morning health drink. Ground cinnamon should also be used to receive the highest potential of health benefits.
Cinnamon helps to reduce blood pressure and helps your body to regulate blood sugar levels. It is also listed as an anti-inflammatory food and the fibre content within cinnamon can also help with constipation.
Vitamin and Mineral Benefits of Cinnamon
- Manganese: this mineral is good for bone production, protects against UV damage and skin problems, and helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
- Calcium: this mineral is important for bone support, the functioning of muscles and nerves and also helps to balance pH levels within the body.
Tips To Remember
- Lemon juice is very acidic. It can be very damaging to tooth enamel. Never drink this mixture without fully diluting it. After you enjoy the drink, you should rinse out your mouth with water.
- This mixture is best drunk on an empty stomach. Before you have your breakfast meal, you should try to have a cup of hot lemon juice. It will also help you to feel fuller faster so a large breakfast will not be consumed.
- Concentrated lemon juice that comes already squeezed in bottles is fine to use. You will not, however, receive the fullest potential of this drink this way. It is best to use a freshly squeezed lemon most times.
- One squeezed lemon slice is all that you need. You can also cut a slice of lemon and leave it to soak in your warm water if you wish. Avoid using sugar as well. If you wish to use sugar, try to aim for no more than one teaspoon for a whole cup.