Here are some lemon water facts. As most of you probably know, lemons are packed full of antioxidants, phytonutrients and a plethora of vitamins and minerals. According to the World’s healthiest foods, a mere quarter cup of lemon juice contains:
- 31% of the recommended daily vitamin C intake
- 3% of the recommended folate intake (good for your heart)
- 2% of the recommended potassium intake (helps with blood pressure)
All in all, this makes lemons a great choice, both for as a quick refreshing drink and as a healthy snack. Combining lemon juice with water, on the other hand, ensures that you’re maintaining a good level of body fluids and controlling your calories easier.
Experts recommend that you drink lemon water in the morning, on an empty stomach.
How to Prepare Lemon Water:
Here’s a quick and easy recipe that you can use for morning lemon water cocktail:
- Squeeze the juice out of a half of lemon
- Mix it with 1/3 cup of boiling water
- Add 1/4 cup of cold filtered water
- Drink it and carry on with your day!
Word of Caution
Lemons contain citric acid, which can negatively impact your tooth enamel. The solution is simple – use a straw and always rinse your mouth afterwards. If you’ve got a history of tooth problems, consult your dentist before adding lemon water to your daily diet.
You know how some mornings you just feel really grumpy? That’s partly because we often wake up dehydrated. Start your mornings on a happy note with a refreshing glass of healthy lemon juice and much-needed water!
Citric acid and proper hydration do wonders for the skin! After merely 2 weeks of drinking lemon water every morning, your skin will improve significantly.
A potent antioxidant, lemon acid will also help you fight off wrinkles! It prevents cellular damage and protects your skin from free radicals, slowing down the visible effects of ageing.
Immune System Benefits
Lemons are rich in vitamin C. Frequently drinking lemon water can give your immune system that little extra push it needs to fight off potential bacteria and infections.
No More Bloating
The bloating-reducing effect of lemon water can help you look better without much added effort. And while it won’t magically reduce your weight, it can go a long way to achieving your desired appearance.
How to get the most out of your Lemon Water
To get the best results out of drinking lemon water, you’ll want to keep in mind 2 additional things:
- Shocking Mistakes You Could Be Making When Drinking Water and how to avoid them – We’ve got a full video on the subject.
- Avoid drinking water from plastic containers – you want to drink your water from stainless steel canisters or wooden bowls.
If you’ve been drinking lemon water for a while and you feel like you’re getting bored with the taste, here are some ways to spice your drink up:
Cucumber Lemon Water:
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 cucumber
- Ice Cubes
Cucumbers are loaded with potassium (great for your blood pressure and metabolism), which will only add to the health benefits of the drink!
Honey lemon water:
- 1 cup of boiled water
- 1 medium lemon
- 2 teaspoons of honey (preferably organic)
You’ll know you’re doing it right if the honey dissolves in the water without a trace. Let it cool and drink away.
Mint lemon water:
- 1 cup of boiled water
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- A few sprigs of mint
Lemon Ginger Water:
- one ounce of ginger root
- one jug of water
- one medium sized lemon
Great for improving your metabolism, this is the ultimate detoxifier. Wash, peel and slice your ginger root, put it in a jug of water and let it stay in your fridge overnight. On the next morning, pour your water in a glass and heat it until lukewarm. Add the lemon juice, and you’ve got your drink!
Lemon water is rightly named one of the best body detoxification drinks.