Lemon water can be very helpful for your body, i.e. it can detoxify your body. There are many health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries.
The two biggest are lemon’s strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances–notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene–that promote immunity and fight infection.
Listed below are the amazing benefits that come along with drinking just one cup of hot lemon water each morning. It’s as simple as boiling a pot of water, and adding a slice of lemon!
1. Helps with weight loss – Lemons are rich in pectin fiber, which reduces hunger.
2. Better digestion – Lemon juice helps to discharge waste materials, by stimulating the liver to secrete acids needed for digestion.
3. Cleans the skin – Vitamin C reduces the pores and disadvantages of skin. Water with lemon cleans the toxins from the blood that affects on the skin to be healthy.
4. Improves the immune system – because of the vitamin C, which is excellent in fighting colds. Also contains potassium, which stimulates brain, nerves and blood pressure control.
5. Reduces respiratory problems – hot water with lemon to stop cough and will facilitate breathing, especially in people with asthma and allergies
6. Balances pH – Lemon has to be one of the most alkaline foods. If you want to reduce the acidity in your body you should drink lemon water. Although lemon contains citric acid that did not create acidity in the body.
7. An excellent diuretic – Lemon accelerates the excretion of urine and thereby cleans the body of toxins. The urinary tract is healthier when is regularly cleaned.
8. Due to the large amount of vitamin C, lemon water is used in the treatment of infections, wounds, allergies and sore throat.
9. Instead of coffee – Although no caffeine, is an excellent replacement for your morning coffee.
10.Refreshes your breath, relieves toothache and inflammation of gums – but beware! Citric acid erodes tooth enamel.

Here is the recipe for Lemon Water:

Ingredients:
1 cup water, just off the boil
1/2 lemon (freshly squeezed)
Preparation:
Take the cup of hot water and place it in a heat-proof mug.
Squeeze the lemon juice into the water and stir thoroughly.
Drink when temperature is cool enough to not burn your tongue.
We recommend to drink lemon water once a day, every morning.
 
Consider swapping your standard cup of coffee for a glass of hot water and lemon first thing in the morning,The combination can benefit your body in numerous ways, including helping you to lose weight and keep hydrated, improving your digestion and upping your vitamin C intake. You can even spice up this morning drink to boost its benefits.

Types

Gittleman recommends combining the juice of half a lemon with 1 cup hot water. If you don’t want to squeeze your own lemons, you can substitute 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Make sure to use 100-percent organic lemon juice. You can spice up this drink and further rev your metabolism by adding a pinch of ground cinnamon and a pinch of ground ginger, Gittleman says. Lemons will keep for up to 10 days at room temperature, so you can shop for them weekly. You also can store fresh lemon juice in an ice cube tray without losing any of its potency

Function

Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning stimulates your digestive system, according to Louise Atkinson’s “Daily Mail” article, “Lose Weight for Christmas with the Lemon Juice Diet.” This improves your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Poor absorption of nutrients can cause you to feel hungry, even when you are not.

Effects

Lemon water cleanses your palate on the way down. Once in your body, it helps to gently flush your kidneys and your liver of wastes and toxins, says Gittleman. It also can help cleanse your lymphatic system, another body system that eliminates toxins.

Significance

Both lemons and water are on Gittleman’s list of fat flush foods. Water helps you stay hydrated. Your body stores more fat when you are dehydrated because your kidneys need help from your liver to function when your body is in this state. This hampers the liver’s ability to burn fat. Water also is a natural appetite suppressant. Being dehydrated, in contrast, can cause feelings of hunger. Lemons may help reduce cellulite because they stimulate blood flow to your skin and help your body flush out waste. Lemon also boosts your body’s ability to metabolize fat, Gittleman says.

Benefits

Lemon juice provides a high amount of Vitamin C, notes Atkinson. One lemon gives 30.7 mg vitamin C, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The recommended daily amount is 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men. People who consume more vitamin C have more efficient digestive systems than people who don’t. Lemon also increases acidity of your digestive system, which helps you better absorb calcium. Calcium absorption helps you lose weight, says Atkinson, because calcium is stored in fat cells. The more calcium in your fat cells, the easier it is to stimulate their burn. Vitamin C also boosts your immune system, helps prevent coronary heart disease, and lowers your risk for stroke, cataracts and gout. This antioxidant vitamin also may help lower cancer risk when consumed via fresh fruits, according to Oregon State University.

Potential

Adding a tablespoon of lemon juice along with some of the lemon’s zest can provide 1,600 oxygen radical absorbency capacity, or ORAC, units to your diet, according to “Women’s Health” magazine. An ORAC unit is a measurement developed by the National Institutes of Health to measure a food’s antioxidant capacity. The higher the value, the higher the antioxidant benefits, such as fighting cell-damaging free radicals. One antioxidant lemon juice provides is eriocitrin, which may protect against oxidative stress in the liver.

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