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Lemons: your sour savior

February 06, 2017

Lemons: your sour savior

Yeah, yeah, drinking lemon water is great, we’ve heard it before, but what exactly is it that makes this easy trick so beneficial to our health?

Improves digestion

Lemon water helps wake up the digestive system by supplying hydrochloric acid which activates digestive enzymes and kills viruses and bacteria. It also stimulates gallbladder contractions, priming it to help us digest fats.

Reduces bloating

Bloating is caused by a buildup of gas in your stomach. By kickstarting your digestive tract, lemon water helps reduce this buildup.

Helps eliminate heartburn

Odd isn’t it? The majority of people who experience heartburn are actually UNDER producing stomach acid. As your new lemon water regimen improves your digestive efficiency you will notice your heartburn drop off the map.

Strengthens immune system

Vitamin C is crucial in supporting our immune system health and lemons are full of it. 1+1=2

Long live the liver

Lemons boost enzyme function, kickstarting our livers to flush out toxins.

Higher energy

As the liver and digestive system become more efficient, we increase our ability to excrete toxins, helping us feel less bogged down.

Fights hunger cravings

Lemons contain pectin fibre which helps fight hunger cravings. In addition to this, often when we think we’re hungry it’s just our thirst talking!

Healthy skin

Lemon water gives us a surge of Vitamin C. This antioxidant is crucial in the development of collagen, which is a protein used to maintain the health of our skin. In addition to this, lemon water’s impact on our liver and digestive health is reflected through our skin.

There are tons of diet tricks out there that can cost an arm and a leg and are super difficult to implement into your daily regimen. Adding lemon water to your routine is easy and, as an added bonus, most people find the added flavour helps them to keep better hydrated throughout the day. For the most pronounced effects, have a glass first thing in the morning before a meal.

P.S  When it comes to Vitamin C, squeezing half a lemon into your water might be enough to scare off scurvy, but your body could use much more! Oranges contain just as much Vitamin C and you’re going to take in much more by eating the whole fruit, so don’t forget to keep your fridge stocked with other fruits and vegetables. As awesome as drinking lemon water is, it  doesn’t negate the effects of an otherwise unhealthy diet!



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