By Spa Gregorie’s Del Mar Nutritionist
There are innumerable health benefits of adding lemon juice and water into your daily regime. Lemon is an inexpensive, readily available citrus fruit, popular for its culinary and medicinal uses. Lemon juice consists of about 5% citric acid that gives a tart-like taste to lemon and yet it is very alkalizing to the body. Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C and also contains vitamins B, riboflavin and minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium. Lemon water makes a healthy drink, especially when taken in the morning. Daily consumption of lemon water provides a number of health benefits, including:
Good for the Digestive Tract: Lemon can help relieve many digestion problems when mixed with hot water. These include nausea, heartburn, and parasites. Due to the digestive qualities of lemon juice, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are relieved. By drinking lemon juice regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently. Lemon acts as a blood purifier and as a cleansing agent. The intake of lemon juice can also help ease constipation. It is even known to help relieve hiccups when consumed as a juice. Lemon juice acts as a liver tonic and assists with digestion by helping your liver produce more bile; it decreases the amount of phlegm produced by your body and is also thought to help dissolve gallstones.
Excellent for Skin Care: Lemon, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can assist with skin problems. Lemon is a vitamin C rich citrus fruit that enhances your beauty by rejuvenating skin from within and thus bringing a glow to the face. Daily consumption of lemon water can make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin – it acts as an anti-aging remedy and can decrease wrinkles and blackheads. Lemon water, if applied on the areas of burns, can help fade scars. Lemon is also a cooling agent and, thus, can reduce the burning sensation on the skin.
Good for Throat Infections: Lemon is antibacterial and can aid in fighting problems related to throat infections, sore throat and tonsillitis. For sore throat, dilute one-half lemon juice with one-half water and gargle frequently.
Controls High Blood Pressure: Lemon water works wonders for people having heart problems, owing to its high potassium content. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea as well as provides relaxation to mind and body. It also reduces mental stress and depression.
Reduces Fever: Great for colds, flus or fevers. Lemon water can help break a fever by increasing perspiration.
Helps with Rheumatism & Arthritis: Lemon is also a diuretic and can work in combination with other therapies to treat rheumatism and arthritis; it also helps to flush out bacteria and toxins out of the body.