Lemons are a great addition to a glass of water! Whenever I go out to eat, I always ask for water with lemon. Not only does it quench your thirst and taste good, but it also has many positive health benefits! Adding half of a lemon’s juice to your diet every day provides your body with numerous minerals and nutrients. Lemons are becoming a big wellness trend sensation lately, and if you follow any kind of fitness Instagram account, I guarantee they have mentioned the benefits of lemons at some point! Whether you are adding it to a glass of water, or drizzling it over food, this acidic, pectin fiber, vitamin C and potassium rich food has numerous positive health benefits.
Boosts Energy and Mood
Tomorrow morning, try skipping your normal cup of coffee and drink a cup of hot lemon water instead! This potassium-enriched food is proven to increase your energy levels and mood, which is similar to caffeine! Just the scent of lemons can brighten your day! Depression and anxiety can sometimes be linked to not having enough potassium in our blood, so adding a half of a lemons juice can help this issue. Potassium is also good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function. The vitamin C in lemons is a great nutrient to consume when you are stressed and your immune system goes down.
Helps you Lose Weight
Yes… you read that right! Lemons contain pectin fiber, which suppresses your hunger cravings and helps you feel fuller for a longer period of time! Try switching out your morning milk and sugar coffee with a hot cup of lemon water and see what happens. By starting your morning off with a positive choice, you will continue to make better choices as the day progresses. But most importantly, your body will thank you!
Improves your Complexion
Drinking a glass of lemon water every day is an easy way to improve your skins radiance! The antioxidants in lemons detoxify your blood and can decrease blemishes, wrinkles, and scars! Vitamin C found in lemons plays a big role in the formation of collagen, which is the support system of your skin. Lemon juice, whether it is applied topically or eaten, can reduce wrinkles, help damaged skin caused by the sun, and help your skin’s texture! It can also be applied to stretch marks and scars!
Lemon juice can fight gingivitis and alleviate toothaches. Be sure to not go too overboard on this because the acid in the lemons can actually damage your teeth! And by overboard I mean don’t suck on a lemon for twenty minutes every day. But that acid is strong enough to break down the enamel on your teeth to make them whiter. Just a glass of lemon water will do the trick and also freshen your breath. I don’t know about you, but I much rather drink some lemon water to whiten my teeth, rather than spending hundreds of dollars at the dentist!
Boosts your Immune System
Foods that are high in vitamin C, like lemons, play a big role in helping your immune system fight off germs and viruses. This is why it is important to maintain a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables (like lemons!) during the winter when it is cold and flu season.
It’s time to add lemons to your diet! Consuming just a half of a lemon every day comes with so many positive benefits! So consider skipping the sugary drinks and revitalize your body by drinking lemon water instead! Your body will thank you. Show us how you added lemons to your diet by tagging us on our blog’s Instagram @glamandgowns, or Faviana’s Instagram @Faviana_NY and @FavianaNY!