Lemons used to be the health world's best-kept secret, but now they're becoming more popular than ever due to their amazing benefits. When it comes to health, we don't want there to be any secrets as far as beneficial foods are concerned, which is why we're excited to share the nine best reasons to be eating lemons every day. Some experts recommend drinking a glass of lemon water every morning on an empty stomach. Simply roll out of bed, pour yourself a glass of lukewarm water, squeeze half a lemon on top, give it a quick stir and drink up.
Before you start going crazy with your lemon water, you should know that this might not be the best method for everyone. Lemons are highly acidic, which could potentially upset your stomach if you consume too much without eating anything. At the end of the day, it all comes down to which way is the easiest and most enjoyable for you. There's no wrong way to eat a lemon (well, I'm sure there is, but you'd have to get pretty creative) so the important thing is that you're eating them daily and reaping all of their rich health benefits.
So, without any further ado, here are the nine things you can look forward to when you start eating lemons on a regular basis. While they're certainly not a cure-all, you'll be surprised by the many ways they affect your health for the better.
1. Cleanse Your System
Lemon juice is an antiseptic acid. It increases the number of times you urinate each day which helps rid your body of harmful toxins and chemicals ... but makes it a less-than-ideal road trip beverage!
2. Clear Skin = Win
Lemons are full of antioxidants which help clear out and compensate dead skin cells. They're also great at getting rid of bacteria that leads to acne.
3. Immune System Boost
When people think of citrus, they often think of Vitamin C. While it is true that lemons and oranges pack a big punch of Vitamin C, there is no clear proof that it is linked to better health or wellness. Sure, you need a little bit, but the large amount found in lemons isn't going to make much of a difference to your overall health. Lemons do, however, contain potassium, which can be useful for managing blood pressure.
4. Brain Food
Potassium and magnesium, which are both found in lemons, help the brain and nervous system function better.
5. Keeps pH In Balance
Lemons contain citric and ascorbic acid, which serve to alkalize your blood. Thus, they keep the body's acidity in check and make sure your body's pH level doesn't become too acidic.
6. Helps Digestion
Citric acid aids in the digestive process and can relieve stomach cramps. Studies have found that it also increases your body's absorption of aluminum hydroxide. For those of us who didn't major in Chemistry, that's the primary ingredient in most antacids.
7. Speeds Up Healing
Lemons are helpful when it comes to repairing damaged tissue, cartilage or bones due to their anti-inflammatory properties.
8. Add Lemons, Lose Weight
While they aren't a miracle weight-loss solution, lemons do contain pectin, which is a fiber that has been linked to curbing food cravings.
9. Lemon Fresh
Lemons don't just smell good when used for cooking or cleaning, but they smell good on your breath as well. Additionally, lemons help combat bad breath and can bring relief to those with toothaches.
Via: Spirit Science