Top 7 Reasons to Drink Lemon Water Daily

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Water is involved in almost every bodily function: digestion, absorption, elimination of wastes and circulation to name a few. Water makes up nearly 60% of total body weight and is fundamental to life. Without adequate (clean) water intake, we cannot experience optimum health. Water is essential for all human life and drinking the right amount is important to achieving optimum health. Here are my top reasons why you should drink lemon water daily.

7 Benefits of drinking lemon water

1. Improves digestion. Lemon juice not only encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in the digestive tract, it also helps relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, burping, and bloating, by stimulating the secretion of gastric hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Drinking warm lemon water can help your body with digestion thanks to the citric acid contained in lemon. This acid interacts with various enzymes in your body and stimulates the secretion of gastric juice.

2. Needed for beautiful skin. The health of the digestive tract and liver are directly related to the health of the skin. Lemon water will help your skin to look brighter and improve blemishes.

3. Boosts energy and mood. Drink lemon water in the morning to boost your energy levels with out relying on caffeinated beverages. Here’s how it works. Our bodies get energy from the atoms and molecules in foods. When negative-charged ions, like those found in lemons, enter your digestive tract, the result is an increase in energy levels naturally!

4. Strengthens the immune system. Vitamin C is like our immune system’s jumper cables, and lemon juice is full of it. The level of vitamin C in your system is one of the first things to plummet when you’re stressed, which is why experts recommend taking extra vitamin C during especially stressful days.

5. Increases Bile Production. Lemon water stimulates the liver’s secretion of bile. Bile, along with fiber, is a carrier of toxins. So when you have a bowel movement stimulated by drinking lemon water, you are more likely to eliminate waste products.  Lemon juice's structure is similar to the digestive juices in the stomach; therefore, it tricks the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving through your body and gastrointestinal tract smoothly. Lemon water also helps relieve indigestion or ease an upset stomach.

6. Alkalizes the body. I'm sure you have heard of the importance of keeping your body in an "alkaline" state. Experts say that an acidic body is essentially a magnet for disease and cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment. Lemon juice aids in making the body more alkaline – the opposite of acidic. Although lemon contains citric acid, it does not create acidity in the body. Lemon enhances your digestive secretions so that acidic wastes are eliminated more effectively.

7. Cleansing and Detoxification. Lemon water cleanses and detoxifies the liver by increasing the liver’s detoxifying enzymes. Your liver's health is absolutely essential to your body's detoxification pathways leading to your overall health and well-being.

TIP: Lemon water is one of the safest drinks you can ingest; however, the acids in lemon can eat away at your tooth enamel. To prevent this, drink lemon water before brushing your teeth; the overnight bacteria will protect your teeth a bit. Drink from a straw and rinse with baking soda to neutralize any acid that might be left on your teeth.


How much water do we need?

The amount of water we need is based on a number of factors: our size, our activity level, loss of fluid through sweat, the climate or temperature and diet. Special circumstances in which increased amount of water may be needed include: fever, diarrhea, kidney disease or any situation where excessive fluid losses occur through normal body elimination processes.

On average, we need about 12 cups of water each day to stay properly hydrated. These cups don’t have to come entirely from drinking water. Our bodies also use the water that our food contains and the water that is released when our food is digested. People who eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, which are high in water content, will require less drinking water than people who consume proportionally more meats, fats and starchy carbohydrates. A safe general recommendation for daily fluid intake is about 3 liters of fluids (or 12 cups) each day. Since about 1 liter (4 cups) comes from our food, this means that 2 liters (8 cups) is what we actually need to drink!

Drinking lemon water is one of the easiest things we can do daily to improve our health.  Wake up every morning and drink a glass of warm water with fresh juice from 1/2 a lemon. This is one habit that will do wonders for your digestion, skin and hydration. 



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Information Resources: 

  • Staying Healthy with Nutrition – Elson M. Haas, MD Chapter 1 Page 10-27
  • The Essentials of Sport and Exercise Nutrition – John Berardi, PHD; Ryan Andrews, MS, MA, RD Chapter 8, pg 200-207
  • Joyous Health – Joy Mcmarthy page 12