At restaurants, water often comes with a slice of lemon. Turns out, it’s not just for the flavor. Did you know that drinking lemon water daily could benefit your health?
Lemon water has become popular in the wellness community for stimulating and revitalizing the body. Nutritionists say it aids the digestive system, boosts vitamin C levels, relieves colds and keeps you hydrated. The acids found in lemon supplement our body’s natural stomach acids and aid digestion by helping the body break down food.
Squeezing half a lemon into a glass of water at room temperature provides you with one-sixth of your daily-recommended dose of vitamin C. The extra boost of vitamin C is vital because the nutrient keeps your skin healthy and boosts your immune system.
Speaking of your immune system, lemon water can relieve sore throats and fight colds. Squeeze half a lemon into a glass of warm water and add a dollop of honey to ease a sore throat. The lemon helps clear out mucus and bacteria, and the honey soothes dryness.
Lastly, lemon water keeps you hydrated. For people who find it hard to drink the recommended eight glasses of water per day, lemon adds a refreshing flavor. It’s also a non-caloric drink that can be used to replace sugar-laden fruit juices and energy drinks.
There is one drawback of lemon water that you should pay attention to: The acid found in lemons can wear down the enamel on teeth, so make sure to brush and floss regularly.
Next time life gives you literal lemons, make lemon water. Your body will thank you.