Way too many 'when life gives you lemons' quotes...
Updated: Jan 13
But seriously, everything you need to know about lemon body benefits
1. Helps Flush Out Toxins
Overnight your liver goes to work while you’re sleeping to help restore and regenerate your body. During this process, it naturally accumulates toxins which are collected for release the next day. Drinking lemon water in the morning helps to support the liver function and flush out toxins, whilst also giving the liver the hydration it needs to operate more efficiently. Two birds, one stone.
2. Promotes Glowing Skin & Anti-Aging
Lemons contain the wondrous antioxidant Vitamin C. This can help to fight free radical damage keeping your skin looking fresh, slowing down the ageing process. Getting sufficient Vitamin C also helps the body to produce collagen, essential to smoothing out fine lines on the face.
3. Helps To Boost Your Energy Levels & Mood
Move over coffee, lemon water in the morning can help boost your energy levels and mood. Negatively charged ions in lemons enter your digestive tract and have a natural energy enhancing effect on the body, & the scent alone of a lemon (we’ve all seen the rind emit a soothing lemon infused mist when squeezed) improves mood & stress.
4. Helps Support Weight Loss
Ok, now this is probably more because of the water than the lemon specifically, but I’m almost certain your waistline doesn't mind…
Metabolic rate increases with consumption by up to 30%. Half woman, half cake, I'll try anything.
5. Helps Stimulate A Sluggish Fatty Liver
No one wants a stagnate, sluggish, & fatty liver, but Fatty Liver Disease is becoming increasingly common, effecting 25% of the global population. If it’s not properly addressed, it can progress to more serious liver disease and is linked to type 2 diabetes.
The symptoms are not fun at all, & include fatigue and weakness, abdominal pain, elevated insulin levels and even elevated triglyceride levels.
Drinking lemon juice and water helps to loosen / disperse the fat cells within the liver because of the special combination of vitamin C and calcium present in lemons and limes, which bind together and enter into the liver.
6. Helps To Hydrate Your Body
David Wolfe says... The problem is not ‘out there’, it's not immigrants (!?), or some war, or lack of health care... the biggest problem is that we’re actually suffering from is a global dehydration epidemic. Which is leading to constipation & over-toxicity. Having spent months in Thailand with a pipe up my ass doing self colonics - AND FELT AMAZING (dissolving all those low level heavy metals...) - his advice is to drink 16 or more ounces of water first thing in the morning before anything else. Simply hydrates & flushes out your body. In fact, drinking lemon water in the morning is the perfect solution as it helps to activate your water and bring it back to life - promoting travel more deeply into your tissues & cells, carrying the essential nutrients / compounds you need in order to thrive.
7. Helps To Alkalise Your Cells & Balance Your PH
According to the acid / alkaline theory of health, our modern diet contains too many acid-forming foods (sugar, dairy, meat, refined carbohydrates, chemical additives etc..) and not enough alkaline forming foods (greens, vegetables, low sugar fruits, etc..) resulting in a net ‘acid’ environment in the blood.
When examined under a microscope, the cells of an acidic blood sample are said to be thick, sticky, not operating with efficiency. They don’t carry oxygen as well, they lose some of their electric charge, & appear to become less efficient at eliminating waste and taking on nutrients. This may lead to depleted immunity and increased illness or disease. An alkaline diet may be beneficial for relieving chronic pain, boosting bone health, as well as protecting against disease. AND, that an alkaline diet can enhance cancer treatment effectiveness.
The solution ? Eat more alkaline foods (relax more) & maybe consider drinking lemon water. Turns out that lemon water, although considered acidic, actually has an alkalizing effect on the body, helping to balance your body’s pH and optimize overall health. Bottoms up !
ps, limes will do too..