Why Should You Drink Lemon Water In The Morning? April 24, 2017

Do you suffer from gut problems, bad skin or obesity? Then you must start drinking lemon water first thing in the morning. Lemon water is an inexpensive and nutrient-rich drink that can be prepared quickly at home. And when you drink it on an empty stomach in the morning, your digestive system works better, your immunity gets stronger, and your renal system functions properly. So, basically, the humble lemon water can help you get rid of all your health problems. In this article, we tell you how to prepare lemon water, how often to consume, and what are its various benefits. Sounds great? Let’s begin.

Why Lemon Water

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When we hear about the benefits of drinking lemon water, it is obvious to feel inquisitive why one should have lemon water in particular and why not the juice of some other fruit. Well, lemons are rich in Vitamin C, and apart from that, these contain Vitamin B complex, minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and also a lot of fiber. In fact, the amount of minerals in it calls for diluting lemon juice with water as drinking it undiluted could harm the enamel of the teeth. So, make sure you drink ‘lemon water’ and not ‘lemon juice’! Alongside, lemons have excellent antibacterial, antiviral and immunity-boosting properties, due to which these promote the overall well-being of an individual. Check out lemon water nutrition facts below.

Lemon Nutrition

100 g lemon contains

How To Prepare Lemon Water

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Ingredients
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 pitcher chilled water
How To Prepare
  1. Wash the lemon thoroughly and cut into slices.
  2. Add the lemon slices to a pitcher of chilled water.
  3. Let it steep overnight.
  4. Drink one cup of this water in the morning.
Why This Works
  • Easy to prepare
  • Ingredients are easily available
  • Inexpensive
  • Loaded with vitamin C
  • Boosts immunity
  • Promotes proper digestion and bowel movement
  • The antioxidants help flush out the toxins

If you get bored of drinking the same lemon water every day, check out these recipes.

Other Lemon Water Recipes

Honey Lemon Water

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon organic honey
  • ½ lemon sliced
How To Prepare
  1. Add honey and lemon slices to the warm water.
  2. Stir well before drinking.
Benefits

Honey is a natural antibacterial agent and prevents spreading of microbial infections (1).

Cinnamon Lemon Detox Water

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ lemon sliced
How To Prepare
  1. Add cinnamon stick and lemon slices to a cup of water.
  2. Let it steep overnight.
  3. Drink this water in the morning.
Benefits

This drink will help flush out the toxins and also aids weight loss (2).

Cumin-Lemon Water

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Ingredients
  • ½ lemon sliced
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 cup warm water
How To Prepare
  1. Add the lemon slices and cumin powder to a cup of water.
  2. Let it steep for 10 minutes before drinking.
Benefits

If you suffer from digestive problems, you should definitely drink this in the morning. Cumin helps tackle all gut problems including Irritable Bowel Syndrome and bloating (3).

How Often To Consume Lemon Water

Start by drinking 1 cup of lemon water twice a day. Drink once in the morning and then in the evening before dinner. If you want to drink more than two cups of lemon water in a day, you should drink it after every 2-3 hours. Gradually reduce the frequency of lemon water consumption to once a day.

Should You Consume Lemon Water Hot Or Cold

Do not drink it hot as hot water damages the enzymes and nutrients present in lemon. But you can drink it in warm, chilled, or room temperature water.

The benefits of lemon water are innumerable. Here are the reasons why you should drink lemon water in the morning.

Why Should You Drink Lemon Water In The Morning

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1. Has Diuretic Properties

The consumption of lemon water increases the volume of urine thus helping in flushing out the toxins that get accumulated inside. This keeps the urinary tract clean and healthy and also boosts the functioning of the enzymes. This property of lemon water makes it a wonderful detoxification agent.

2. Assists In Digestion

The atomic composition of lemon juice is similar to that of the digestive juices in our gastrointestinal tract and that of the saliva. Hence, it helps in breaking down of the food into simpler substances and also encourages the production of bile juice which assists in the digestion process. Simultaneously, the digestive properties of lemon help in avoiding troubles like bloating, heartburn and belching. Hence, if you have been feeling acidic and bloated of late, try lemon water to soothe the sensation instead of consuming any over-the-counter antacids.

3. Balances pH Levels

Though acidic in nature, lemon juice has alkaline effect when it reaches inside the body and thus helps in the metabolic activity that occurs inside. Hence, drinking lemon water on a regular basis can help people beat the acidity problems that they might have.

4. Increases Immunity

The high vitamin C content in lemon juice makes it an ideal food for boosting the immunity of an individual. It helps one fight colds and being rich in potassium, stimulates the functioning of brain and nerve cells. At the same time, the consumption of vitamin C helps in the absorption of iron in the body that comes into it from other foods.

5. Makes Skin Blemish-free

Shun all those cosmetic anti-aging solutions that you are using to make your skin look young. AInstead, grab a glass of lemon water every morning! The Vitamin C content in lemon juice makes it an incredible antioxidant due to which it helps in the removal of wrinkles and blemishes from the skin and hence, combats the signs of aging. It also helps in overcoming the radical damage on the skin and makes the skin healthy and glowing. The consumption of lemon water regularly can make one’s skin healthy and rejuvenated from the inside in an easy manner.

6. Helps In Healing

In the cases of wounds and injuries, consuming lemon water helps quicken the healing process as it has a lot of vitamin C in it. At the same time, it helps in strengthening of the bones, cartilages and connective tissues in the body and also soothes the inflammation in the body joints and muscles.

7. Energizes The Body

Drinking lemon water in the morning charges up an individual such that one gets prepared for an entire day of activity. This is because of the negatively charged ions in it that produce energy on reaching the digestive tract. At the same time, lemon water acts as a mood enhancer by making one feel light and healthy each morning. This helps one combat issues like depression and stress that seem to be part and parcel of the modern-day lifestyle.

8. Hydration Of Lymph System

The fluids lost by the body during the daily activity are restored by the consumption of lemon water regularly. Thus, whenever one feels dehydrated or low on energy, drinking lemon water should be the first step towards tackling the issue.

9. Breath Freshener

Lemon water, when consumed after brushing the teeth, can help in the prevention of troubles like gingivitis and tooth pain. Also, it helps in preventing bad breath.

10. Assists In Weight Loss

The pectin fiber in lemons helps keep the hunger pangs at bay. Resultantly, one ends up feeling hungry less often which eventually prevents consumption of unhealthy snacks at odd hours. Also, drinking lemon water helps in proper digestion and in flushing out the toxins, all of which contribute towards weight loss.

Nothing in excess is good for you. Here is what could happen if you go overboard with lemon water.

Precautions

  • It can cause tooth enamel erosion
  • An overdose of lemon water can cause a headache, unusual bowel movements, and fatigue
  • Can cause acidity
  • May not be tolerated by those suffering from a stomach ulcer
  • Consult a doctor before allowing children to drink lemon water

So, start drinking lemon water to achieve optimum health and bring out the best in you. As the saying goes when you are healthy inside, you will be healthy outside.

Take care!

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Charushila is an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition and a full-time contributor to Diet & Weight Loss at Stylecraze. She believes that food has healing powers and eating good food is the best way to lose weight. A binge eater-turned-fitness enthusiast, Charushila likes to share her knowledge and experience with the world. When she is not working, she loves to cook healthy food, watch movies, travel, workout, and read Bengali literature.