At one time, humans ate mostly things that were good for them. After the industrial revolution, big corporations learned that they could manufacture processed food very cheaply and sell it to millions of people for tremendous profits. Fortunately, many people are realizing that we’ve gotten too far away from the foods that actually promote good health, and are eliminating processed food from their diet in favor of “real” food. Eating healthy does not have to be complicated. For example, something as simple as lemon water offers benefits worth paying attention to. Here are nine of them.
1. IMMUNE BOOST
Citrus fruits are well-known for their high vitamin C content, although most of us are probably quicker to associate oranges with vitamin C than with lemons. But don’t sell lemons short! Lemons also contain vitamin C, which can help bolster your body’s immune system, making you less likely to get sick.
Potassium is absolutely essential for good health and contributes to the proper function of muscles (including the heart). Potassium is also beneficial for normal functioning of the nervous system and brain.
If you want to cut down on your caffeine intake, hot lemon water may be a good replacement for your morning coffee. It may be hard to believe, but others report that lemon water gives them a nice morning boost that does not end with a “crash” later in the day the same way the effects of caffeine and other stimulants tend to do.
4. AIDS WEIGHT LOSS
This benefit alone may be enough to convince many people to give lemon water a try. The pectin fiber that is found in lemons helps curb hunger and fight off cravings, making it easer to pass up that afternoon or evening snack.
5. PH BALANCE
Although it might be a little hard to get your head around, drinking lemon water – which is acidic – actually helps to neutralize acid in the body, and tips the balance away from acid and more towards alkaline, which is healthier and might make it easier to lose weight.
Millions of people suffer from disorders of the digestive system like GERD (acid reflux) and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and pharmaceutical companies make millions selling prescription drugs designed to treat these conditions. Lemon water is a digestive aid, which could lessen dependence on prescription drugs or perhaps even eliminate the need for them entirely.
7. FRESH BREATH
Although bad breath is usually not a real health issue, trading it for fresh breath could certainly be considered a benefit. Drinking lemon water may also help control gingivitis, and help to promote good oral health in general.
Lemon can help to stimulate the liver, which is responsible for clearing various toxins from the body. Boosting liver function may help to eliminate harmful toxins from the body, making lemon water a good choice for people who are looking for a mild detox without making the process to complicated.
9. REDUCE INFLAMMATION
Inflammation has gotten a bad rap in recent years, and it’s a well deserved one. Some doctors believe that inflammation is the root cause of many diseases, and lemon water may help reduce it. It may also help flush uric acid from the joints which cause painful inflammation. [dailyentertainment]