Scientific research specifically on the health benefits of lemon water are limited, but there is a vast amount of research on the benefits of lemon and water separately.
Malaysia is a hot and humid place and it is kind of perennial. So in such a location, it is very essential to replace lost fluids frequently. Are you taking your daily quota of 8 glasses a day? Water hydrates your body and that is essential for your health. However, plain water is not everyone’s taste. By adding lemon to the water, it enhances the flavor of the water and it promotes one to drink more.
Your daily dose of Vitamin C
Scurvy is a disease resulting from lack of vitamin C in the body. Citrus fruits like lemon are a great source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a primary antioxidant that helps protect cells from damaging free radicals, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and lower blood pressure.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 1/4 cup raw lemon juice provides about 23.6 grams of vitamin C. That’s over 30 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA). Bye-bye, scurvy!
Secret to being young
Vitamin C triggers collagen production for healthier and less wrinkled skin. By drinking at least eight glasses of water daily, you can get rid of skin toxins and help keep the skin moisture, lemon water will keep you being young!
The Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition concluded that polyphenol antioxidants found in lemons significantly reduced weight gain by a high-fat diet in mice. Although human trial need to be run, anecdotal evidence is strong that lemon water supports weight loss.
Also, drinking lemon water as a daily morning laxative help to prevent constipation. Drinking it warm or hot once you wake up will aid your digestive system to move.
Freshen your breath
From lemon soap to lemon dishwasher, lemons are known to be a powerful stench remover. By drinking a glass of lemon water after meals and first thing in the morning is able to keep your breath to smell better. It does this by stimulating saliva and preventing a dry mouth, which leads to bad breath caused by excess bacteria growth.
Prevent kidney stones
UW Health recommends to increase citric acid intake to decrease the risk of getting new calcium stones. Sufficient amount of water to the body also prevents stones.
Here are only the few benefits of drinking lemon water. Taking the step to change drinking water to drinking lemon water may be the first step to a healthier lifestyle!
by Azim Nasaruddin
A graduated doctor, currently waiting for his placement in a Malaysian hospital. An aspiring oncologist who is determined to increase health awareness to the Malaysian public through his love and passion in medicine and writing. "“For he who has health has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.” – Owen Arthur View all articles by Azim Nasaruddin.