Ever heard of the rumors that Beyoncé and Mariah Carey only drink lemon water when on a diet? There’s no way to know for sure, but if it were true, we can’t blame them. With all the facts that we know about the super easy-to-make drink, it’s probably one of the best concoctions, ever! We break it down for you.
Let’s begin with the fruit. Lemon—that sunshine-y yellow sour piece of fruit—is rich in Vitamin C. But that’s not all—it is also loaded with Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Fiber, B-complex, and Potassium that all contribute to the many benefits one can get from it.
But why the need to mix it with water? Well, aside from the fact that it’s extremely sour, the juice in lemon is so strong that it can cause quite an impact to your teeth’s enamel. We want to be healthy all over, and that includes our food crushers. We already know that drinking up at least eight glasses of water a day is an absolute essential, but lemon brings hydrating to a whole new different level. It's sort of like a domino effect. See how below:
YOU NEED IT TO DETOX
Drinking a glass of water in the morning can do wonders for you, but a warm glass of lemon water happily flushes out the toxins your body needs to get rid of at a faster rate. Lemon helps detoxify your immune system therefore balancing your body’s pH level, which basically means reducing your overall acidity. And with your digestion working efficiently, it also reduces the risk of getting heartburns, constipation, and bloating.
IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Drinking lemon water in the morning at least 20 to 30 minutes before you eat breakfast gives your immune system a boost. Did you know that on extra stressful days, your Vitamin C crashes at an all time low, which means those are days when you need to double the dose. Drink your Vitamins and support it with the drink to perk you up and at the same time reduce anxiety and depression. Lemons are also high in Potassium that stimulates the brain and nerve function, as well as controls your blood pressure.
GREAT FOR YOUR SKIN
The cleaner your body is on the inside, the cleaner it will be on the outside. With all the toxins gone, the antioxidants in the drink will give you that healthy radiant glow that comes from within. Support that expensive topical product you’ve been using by backing it up with the drink that can decrease blemishes and wrinkles!
IT HELPS WITH WEIGHT LOSS
Lemons are high in Pectin Fiber that, wait for it—helps fight hunger cravings! We are girls and we get crazy unnecessary cravings at times and this is the drink that will aid that dilemma. It also helps increase your metabolism by up to 33%. That means burning an extra 100 calories per day. Oh yeah!
IT CAN WHITEN YOUR TEETH
We bet you didn’t see this benefit coming. Yes, it doesn’t whiten per se, but it is the perfect substitute to your caffeine fix. It gives you that energy you need for the day (sans the crashing in the afternoon) without all that stain a cup of dark brown coffee can give your pearly whites. (See our list of teeth whitening rules to live by here.) Oh, did we mention it also freshens your breath, helps relieve minor toothaches, and kills the bacteria that cause gingivitis? Amazing, right?
HERE'S HOW TO MAKE THE ELIXIR:
Simply add sliced lemons to your water, let it sit for a bit so the water absorbs the nutrients without the need to squeeze and voila! The magical and oh-so-refreshing lemon water. We suggest you take it warm in the morning so your body won’t be shocked then switch to the icy version mid-day when it’s scorching hot outside. Keep in mind that half a lemon a day, if you weigh less than 150 pounds is the recommended amount, so that means a lemon is more than enough for two days.
Ladies, the next time life gives you lemons, you know what to do.
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