Benefits of Lemon and Water

06 November 2014

I always recommend lemon with water to my patients in Coogee. I have recently read and article from Body + Soul which inspired me to re-write the 10 points with a bit more accuracy...

  1. Supports the immune system: as the juice of half a lemon in a glass of water is rich in vitamin C, boosting the immune system to fight colds and flu.
  2. Aids digestion: lemon juice has a similar in atomic structure to the stomach’s digestive juices. It stimulates the release of gastric juices, helping to flush the bowel. Lemon juice can reduce symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and bloating. The sourness of lemons activates the digestive process by initially increasing the production of saliva.
  3. Repairs skin: The antioxidant properties in lemons help combat free radical damage, which is responsible for the symptoms of ageing. Vitamin C is required in the synthesis of amino acids in collagen.
  4. Reduces appetite: Lemon skin contain pectin. Pectin is a soluble fibre which reduces hunger and helps you feel fuller for longer.
  5. Balances pH levels: Lemons stimulate the production of calcium carbonate in the body which is a strong neutralizing agent in the body. The excess acidic component of lemons, citric acid is eliminated easily through perspiration and respiration.
  6. Cleanses the urinary tract: Lemon juice can change the pH level of the urinary tract which discourages the proliferation of bad bacteria. It also has a diuretic effect which increases the production of urine.
  7. Freshens breath: The antiseptic qualities act as a disinfectant, killing off bad bacteria in the mouth. A glass of lemon water is also a healthier morning wake-you-up than coffee. If you’re concerned about the acid harming tooth enamel, rinse your mouth with water afterwards.
  8. Protects overall health: Lemons are high in potassium. Potassium can help brain and nerve functioning (warding off stress and depression) and control blood pressure. Lemons also contain vitamin P, which improves capillary permeability and overall blood flow.
  9. Promotes healing: Ascorbic acid, vitamin C, promotes wound healing and is an important nutrient in maintaining healthy bones, tissue and cartilage. It also calms inflammation in the body.
  10. Detoxifies the liver: Lemon water purifies and stimulates the liver encouraging a balanced production of bile.

Alicia Harris