(AscendHealthy)- Love the taste of a glass of lemon water? Believe it or not, this easy-to-make drink can have some pretty incredible health benefits. Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C and is believed to have both antiviral and antibacterial properties. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits.
The recipe for lemon water is pretty simple. For best results, use 8 ounces of filtered water mixed with the juice of one-half of an organic lemon. You can make it with hot or warm water for a soothing beverage or with cold water for one that’s light and refreshing. To add a little variety, consider changing up the recipe now and then. You can add some cinnamon, ginger, honey, maple syrup, or any other natural flavoring that pairs well with lemon.
Regularly consuming lemon water may benefit you in terms of:
- Weight Loss — Lemon water aids digestion and increases your metabolic rate, allowing you to burn calories faster.
- Liver and Kidney Function — This elixir supports the liver by helping to flush toxins. The acidic nature of lemon juice also helps prevent the formation of calcium-based kidney stones.
- Skin Problems — Improved hydration leads to fewer problem areas and more supple skin.
- Muscle and Joint Pain — Lemon water helps reduce inflammation throughout the body, easing aches and pains as well as stiffness.
- Fights Infections — Lemon juice is considered a natural antibiotic, and the vitamin C contained within can help alleviate sore throats and other cold symptoms.
- Boosts Immunity — Rich in vitamin C, a natural antioxidant, lemon water fights off free radicals and strengthens your immune system.
- Regularity — Because it aids in your digestive function, lemon juice can help to regulate your bowel movements.
- Hydration — Your cells need water and drinking lemon water every day not only adds water to your diet, but electrolytes too. These added minerals help balance the water your body uses and retains.
- Dental Health — The natural acid in lemon juice helps to prevent gingivitis and reduce toothache pain. It also helps you maintain fresh breath. Just be sure to rinse your mouth with plain water after drinking so that the acid doesn’t erode your tooth enamel.
Lemon is a popular and accessible citrus fruit you can use not only in water but in salads and other recipes. Adding lemon to your water will also add the flavor you need to meet your water goals each day.
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