Foodophiles, Healthy Living

Lemon Water: Weight Loss, Clear Skin & Fewer Sick Days

March 18, 2015

Drinking lemon infused water is a great way to add a twist to your hydration while making you healthier and it has quite a lengthy list of benefits too. Not only does it add a little kick to your water, it looks lovely when served to others!Lemon-Water-Benefits

Weight Loss

Yes, drinking lemon water helps with losing weight! There are actually two factors aiding your weight loss when drinking lemon water. Because lemons are high in pectin, they help to suppress appetite so you eat/snack a little less. Pectin is also a good source of dietary fiber and has powerful antibacterial properties, though it’s important to note it’s most concentrated in the peel and pulp.  The second factor in lemon water induced weight loss is how it helps your colon. Simply put; any toxins and waste build up you eliminate translate into weight loss.

Clear Skin

I will definitely testify that drinking lemon water regularly has helped make my skin noticeably more clear.  Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is important in healing acne scars and decreasing wrinkles and blemishes. Just take a look in any skin care store and you’ll find some of the priciest products tout vitamin C as a main ingredient. You don’t need to go broke buying vitamin C infused serums…one lemon contains a sizable 44.5 mg of vitamin C. Remember, real change comes by working from the inside first when it comes to acne; blemishes are just the symptom of internal issues.

Recall anytime time you’ve looked up remedies for healthy skin and you’ll know they always begin or end with “drink lots of water!” It’s because your body uses water to flush out toxins, so without plenty of water these toxins build up and cause trouble, namely breakouts. Adding lemon to your water boosts these benefits due to lemon juice’s diuretic properties, meaning you’ll end up flushing out those toxins at a faster rate; clear skin even quicker!

recipeImmune System

Everyone knows vitamin C is helpful for fighting off colds. But lemons are also high in potassium, which nourishes brain and nerve cells. I actually fell sick for the first time this year very randomly a few mornings ago with what seemed like the flu. I wouldn’t put it all to lemon water of course, but it only took a day in bed until I was feeling better! Which is so important to me; I’m for anything that cuts short the time wasted being miserable and sick.

A Short List of Other Benefits from Lemon Water

  • Balances and maintains the pH level of your body.
  • Good source of calcium, phosphorus, citric acid and magnesium.
  • Anti-inflammatory, thus reducing pain in the joints.
  • Strengthens the liver while also keeping it balanced and as such is helpful with heartburn.
  • Helps to freshen breath and fight gingivitis.
  • Maintains eye health and works against eye issues.
  • Aids in digestion by loosening toxins from the digestive tract.

recipeThere really is no reason not to infuse your water with lemon, so give it a try! I prefer to use a large dispenser so I can soak lemon slices in the water and have it pre-made, but it’s super easy just to make it a cup at a time too. Just make sure you soak the uncut lemons first to remove any pesticides or buy organic. You may also want to experiment with adding in other citrus fruits like limes and oranges for similar benefits. Feel free to share some of your mixtures below. Lemon water is one of my favorite drinks; it’s a minimalist mixture that just tastes like it’s doing your body good. Have you felt any benefits from drinking lemon infused water yourself?

 À la prochaine!
Salomé Luna Gemme

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