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Last Updated on August 6, 2018

11 Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water (And How to Drink It for Good Health)

11 Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water (And How to Drink It for Good Health)

I was first introduced to the concept of lemon water when I started doing yoga. An avid drinker (of water!), it was refreshing to learn a new spin on an old favorite. When I started having a glass of lemon water every morning, it was after learning only two of the benefits of lemon water. Little did I know just how many there are.

There are many benefits of drinking lemon water, let’s dive in to find out more about this valuable fruit!

Why lemon water?

Lemons are packed like a clown car with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. They even contain more potassium than apples or grapes!

Let’s take a look at the nutritional value of lemons:[1]

    Because of how hard lemon juice can be on the enamel of your teeth, it’s important to dilute it with water of any temperature (though lukewarm is recommended).

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    Benefits of drinking lemon water

    1. Give your immune system a boost

    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 recommended popping extra vitamin C during especially stressful days.

    2. Excellent source of potassium

    As already mentioned, lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function.

    3. Aid digestion

    Lemon juice not only encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, it helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating.

    4. Cleanse your system

    It helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver.

    5. Freshen your breath

    It helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, either hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water or brush your teeth before drinking it.

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    6. Keep your skin blemish-free

    The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too!

    It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance. Because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.

    7. Help you lose weight

    Lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings.

    8. Reduce inflammation

    If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, it will decrease the acidity in your body, which is where disease states occur.

    It removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation.

    9. Give you an energy boost

    Lemon juice provides your body with energy when it enters your digestive tract.

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    It also helps reduce anxiety and depression. (Even the scent of lemons has a calming effect on your nervous system!)

    10. Help to cut out caffeine

    Replacing your morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water can really do wonders.

    You will feel refreshed and no longer have to deal with that pesky afternoon crash. Your nerves will be thankful too.

    11. Help fight viral infections

    Warm lemon water is the most effective way to diminish viral infections and their subsequent sore throats.

    Plus, with the lemon juice also boosting your immune system, you’ll simultaneously fight off the infection completely.

    How to drink lemon water for the best of heath

    For those who weigh less than 150 pounds, squeeze half a lemon’s worth of juice into a glass of water. If anyone weighs over 150 pounds, use an entire lemon’s juice.

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    Lukewarm lemon water is recommended. You can dilute the lemon juice more, depending on your personal taste.

    Drink it first thing in the morning, and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. This will help you fully receive the benefits of lemon water, which are listed above.

    Here’s a video to show you how simple it is to start enjoying lemon water’s benefits:

    Drinking lemon water is one of the most substantial yet simple changes you can make for your health.

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    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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