I don’t know many people who don’t enjoy a nice cold glass of lemonade. It’s actually one of my favorite beverages.
But did you know, there’s many more benefits of drinking lemon water than just adding sugar?
Is Lemon Water Good for You
First, let’s start with the lemon itself. Lemons as a whole offer tons of health benefits. It’s one of the most versatile citrus fruits available.
Not only is it known for it’s great scent and refreshing flavor, but it’s a great source for Vitamin C. Moreover,they are used worldwide for recipes, natural skincare products, medications and much more.
Consequently, lemons are very rich in nutrients such as iron, calcium, B-complex vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and fiber.
And by the way, did you know that lemons actually have a higher percentage of potassium compared to grapes and apples.
19 Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water
Loaded with all that goodness, it’s no wonder that lemon water is a healthy internal cleanser. I personally drink lemon water everyday. Growing up, whenever anyone in our family got sick, hot lemon water was my grandmother’s go-to home remedy.
With that being said, here’s a list of 19 scientifically proven benefits of drinking lemon water:
Reaping the Benefits
In order for you to fully reap the health benefits of drinking lemon water, you will need to:
- drink it on a regular basis. Drinking one cup every now and then, won’t do it.
- add more than one slice of lemon to your water.
- use fresh lemons, the artificial stuff sold in the grocery store, won’t cut it either.
You can use it as your morning drink, and start your day with a cup of warm lemon water. Or you can keep a pitcher of it cold in your fridge to drink on through-out the day.
Here’s How to Make Lemon Water
There’s really no set way to make lemon water. It’s simply a matter of adding fresh lemons to water. To make your water as healthy as possibly, you’ll want to use filtered, pure, spring or distilled water and organic lemons.
How Much Lemon Should You Put in Your Water?
It really depends on your taste. But a good ratio to start with would be 1/2 lemon for every 8 ounces of water.
To make a pitcher:
- simply slice your lemons.
- gently squeeze the juice into your water
- when finished, drop the slices into the pitcher
Note: If you plan on leaving your water in the refrigerator, you’ll want to drink the lemon water within 1-2 days. I’ve found that by the 3rd day the lemons began to loose their freshness and the water develops a weird taste.
How to Drink Lemon Water
You can dress up your water by adding more flavors and variations like:
- a couple springs of organic mint leaves
- a slice of fresh or organic ginger
- a teaspoon or two of organic maple syrup or raw honey
- a dash of cinnamon
- other fresh fruit like cucumbers, oranges, limes, strawberries, etc.
Disadvantages of Drinking Lemon Water
Although, lemon water is perfectly safe to drink, there are a few potential side effects you’ll want to be aware:
- Erode your tooth enamel– the citric acid from the lemons may erode your tooth enamel. To limit your risk, use a straw when drinking your lemon water and rinse with plain water afterwards.
- Inflame your canker sores– if you have canker sores, the citric acid in lemons could worsen your sores. So, if you have canker sores, it may not be a good idea to drink lemon water until they heal completely.
- Can cause you to pee more– the juice from the lemons acts as a diuretic, it helps your to get rid of excess water, which in turn, causes you to urinate more often.
- May cause heartburn– this one can go either way. While the citric acid has caused heartburn with some people, others have reported they experience relief from heartburn after drinking lemon water.
Now Back to You
As you can see, research has proven that there are many health benefits of drinking lemon water. From helping you to stay hydrated, giving you beautiful skin, boosting your metabolism and helping to detox your body and more.
If you are looking to live healthier, here’s one of nature’s best to add to your diet.