LEMON WATER: WHAT’S ALL THE HYPE ABOUT?

Infusing water with lemon or simply adding it to a beverage has become very popular thing to do and a trending topic of discussion. If you order water a restaurant they always ask if you want a lemon with it, but you probably never thought a thing about it, right? So why now has it become a recent health craze? I have heard everything from how it should be the first thing you drink in the morning and before you go to bed, people claiming it to be the reason for their weight loss, and curing all kinds of illnesses. Because of all this talk people are starting to do the whole lemon water, as it is an easy thing to add to your diet and routine and not heavy on the checkbook like most health benefits. So is it really all it is talked up to be just the newest health fad that will die out soon?
After looking at the make up of lemons, they are loaded with vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, fiber, and magnesium. Who would have thought these tangy fruits would be so nutrient packed? Science has shown that lemons really are a super food but before were just not a popular one due to their sour taste and have sort of been overlooked over the years. One warning I have read after doing my research is to drink lemon water through a straw because the acidity can be hard on the enamel of your teeth. It is suggested to fully receive the benefits; it should be consumed first thing in the morning, 30 minutes before you have breakfast. Below are some of the benefits I have researched about that actually make sense with science to prove it.

DETOXIFICATION
Lemons aid in healthy digestion by loosening the toxins along the gastrointestinal tract, which can help relieve symptoms like indigestion, bloating, and gas. Lemons stimulate the liver enhancing enzyme function to remove toxins.

ENHANCES THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Vitamin C is crucial to keep our immune system working properly and lemons are full of it. The amount of Vitamin C is one of the first things to plummet when we are stressed, and that is why research recommends extra doses either through food or a supplement on those stressful days or situations to help keep the immune system up.

WEIGHT LOSS
Lemons contain pectin, which is a type of plant fiber found in many fruits. Pectin gives you that full feeling and helps curb your appetite so you don’t eat as much throughout the day. Also, if you are consciously drinking lemon water throughout the day you will stay hydrated which will decrease the likelihood of fatigue and headaches.
I had to do a lot of research to write this article honestly because I have heard so many different things about lemon juice. All good things of course but I wanted to make sure the benefits I discussed were backed by some kind of scientific explanation. You might be thinking about jumping on the lemon water bandwagon if you are not already. If so, it is recommended to squeeze about a half a lemon into a big glass of water and it be can diluted down to your personal taste preference.

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