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10 Health Benefits Of Drinking Lemon Water You Haven’t Realized

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10 Health Benefits Of Drinking Lemon Water You Haven’t Realized

If you’ve been to practically any restaurant, you’ll find that if you order water, it will almost always come with a lemon wedge in the glass.

You may have thought that all this did was give your water a bit of a lemony after-taste — but you’d be wrong. In truth, infusing your water with a fresh lemon gives it numerous beneficial properties.

Why is that? Well, to put it simply, lemon juice is packed with numerous nutrients, ranging from vitamin C to calcium, potassium and iron. Not only that, but it also contains certain antimicrobial agents, allowing it to enhance your immune system.

I like my lemon water over ice (especially during the summer), but to get the most out of it, experts suggest drinking it warm, and also say that it’s best to imbibe it about 15 minutes before you eat. Many people use warm lemon water as a coffee replacement in the morning, but feel free to have a cup at other times during the day as well.

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Now that you’ve gotten the basic rundown, what are a few of the specific benefits of drinking lemon water? Well I’m glad you asked. For one, it. . .

1. Banishes your acne.

Lemon water fights acne and other blemishes by giving your kidney and liver a boost, allowing them to purify your body more efficiently. Additionally, the antioxidants present within lemons (like vitamin C) work to fight the development of acne (teenagers take note!). Drinking warm lemon water in the morning is known to do wonders in terms of eliminating any toxins present in your system.

2. Aides your digestive process.

Drinking warm lemon water before eating is suggested because it helps to prep your body for the meal you are about to eat. It does this by kick-starting the production of bile in your system, which in turn is used to break down all of the things that you eat. As a natural diuretic, lemon water also helps to keep your digestive system running smoothly by clearing it of possible obstructions, which is key if you want to maintain your overall health.

3. Fights nasty hangovers.

When sleep, water, and ibuprofen aren’t enough, try fighting your hangover with some warm lemon water. Thanks to its medicinal properties, it can help speed along your body’s effort to remove any of the alcohol still affecting your system.

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4. Helps you lose weight.

Lemon water itself won’t actually burn off any of your excess fat, but it does help you replace the empty calories in soda or sweetened coffee with something that is much healthier in comparison.

Lemon water can also help you shed a few pounds by tackling your hunger pangs. The pectin fiber present in lemons acts to give you a feeling of fullness, meaning you won’t have to eat as much to feel satisfied.

5. Attacks inflammation.

If you have sore or achy knees and joints, starting the day off with a nice cup of warm lemon water might be just what the doctor ordered. This is mainly because the beverage helps to eliminate the uric acid that is responsible for many of your aches and pains.

6. Serves as a natural antacid.

As a citrus fruit, you might think it to be a bit strange that lemons reduce the amount of acid in your system, but it’s true. What it does is replace acid with alkaline, essentially tackling your acid problems at the source instead of just addressing the symptoms (which is what many over-the-counter drugs do).

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7. Gives your brain a boost.

It might seem crazy, but lemon water actually does give your brain a bit of an edge, which is nice to have (especially in the morning). This comes as a result of the potassium present within lemons. Maintaining your potassium levels is important, as a deficiency can lead to poorer mental performance and a clouded mind.

8. Eliminates bad breath.

This can be especially useful in the morning, when “morning breath” might persist even after you brush your teeth. Lemon water works to keep your mouth smelling great thanks to its antimicrobial properties. Additionally, the cause of most bad breaths is a dry mouth, and lemon water works to cure that. Almost everybody likes the smell of lemons, so that helps too!

9. Tackles your allergies.

Thanks to the vitamin C and antioxidants in lemons, as well as its antacid properties, it does a great job of both boosting your immune system and balancing your body’s chemical properties, thus better preparing it to fight off allergy attacks. So if there’s a lot of pollen in the air and you feel the sniffles coming on, grab a lemon and go to work.

10. Revitalizes your eyes.

The numerous antioxidants and nutrients present within lemon juice do a great job of fighting off many of the more common eye-related maladies, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Though drinking lemon water alone won’t be enough to outright cure any eye problems you might have currently, it does serve as an easy way to take preventative measures against any further damage.

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That’s a pretty nifty list, eh? Who would have thought that such a simple beverage could have so many benefits! If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, or start drinking it due to this article, tell me all about your experience in the comments below. I’d especially love to hear if you found that there was some kind of benefit not addressed on this list!

Featured photo credit: Splash of flavor/Krissy Venosdale via flic.kr

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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