I’ve never been a fan of water. The taste (or lack of) just felt so boring, so bland, so pointless that I always struggled to keep up with the recommendation of drinking at least eight glasses a day. A touch of squash or a little cordial would help, as would drinking herbal teas, but I always wanted to get to grips with drinking water in its purest form. A little tip I found while undergoing a bit of a detox, was to add a touch of lemon to water. Adding a slice or two not only makes it taste a lot nicer (aiding my ability to consume it in large amounts,) but provides a multitude of skincare and health benefits. A slice of lemon in hot water is a great way to start your day – not
only because it aids digestion, but because it also has natural antibacterial properties. Here are five reasons why I love lemon water and why I now drink it like it’s going out of fashion…
1. It gives your immune system a boost.
Lemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and
immune-boosting powers. They contain many
beneficial substances (including citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C) that promote immunity and fight
infection, as well as helping to control blood pressure and work as an anti-inflammatory. Having a glass or two of lemon water a day may help to keep those colds at bay.
2. It aids the digestion of your food.
A touch of lemon can help flush out toxins from the body, as well as helping to control bloating and indigestion. It’s composition is similar
to saliva and digestive juices, making it a natural ‘boosting’ product that can keep us feeling healthy inside and out. It even helps to stimulate your bowels, relieving constipation or helping to regulate your poops.
3. It keeps skin looking healthy.
The vitamin C within lemons is vital for a healthy and glowing complexion, as well as helping to combat fine lines and imperfections. Lemons also help to rid toxins from the body and kill bacteria, making them the perfect acne-fighting food. All in all they can seriously help to keep skin looking healthy and youthful when their juices are consumed regularly.
4. It provides an energy boost.
Lemons have a unique alkaline structure that works with your digestive system to provide a little boost of energy when it enters. Not only that, but the juice can provide uplifting mood benefits too – the refreshing taste can help to invigorate the senses and awaken the mind. So much greatness from a little yellow fruit!
5. It aids weight loss or weight control.
High in pectin fibre, which helps to fight hunger cravings, lemon water can actually help you lose weight faster. Lemon helps to keep those pesky hunger pangs at bay, as well as setting you off on the right foot first thing in the morning. You feel cleaner and healthier, so therefore are more reluctant to eat that slice of cake.
Since I’ve started drinking lemon water every day, I’ve noticed that the uncomfortable bloating feeling that was so much a part of my life has all but disappeared. My skin is a lot more hydrated and I generally feel much healthier – although I do spend a considerable amount of time in the bathroom! Why not start your day with a cup of hot lemon water and try to add a slice or two throughout the day to a desk-side beaker?