Historically the humble lemon tree was primarily used as a decorative plant and it was not until the mid-1700’s with the use of citrus (vitamin C) to combat the outbreak of scurvy aboard ships, did the lemon start to take the stage as a nutritional superstar.
Lemons are full of health benefits; one cup of lemon juice gives nearly 200% of your recommended daily serving of Vitamin C. Lemons also contain, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus and protein.
Benefits of lemon water:
With more vitamin C than orange juice, lemon water will boost your daily amount of the powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C is essentially for your immune system to function properly.
Digestion and lemon detox
Due to the similarity between lemon juice and the digestive juices in the stomach, lemon juice encourages the liver to produce more bile which supports and aids the absorption of food.
The stimulation of the liver also helps flush out toxins and as lemon juice is a diuretic (mildly so) it also helps the urinary tract get rid of waste.
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Lemons contain pectin fibre, which helps you feel fuller for longer, helping weight loss.
Just like lemon essential oils are used in armotherapy to brighten the mood, lemon water can do the same inside the digestive tract. The negatively charged ions found in lemons help increase energy levels and improve your mood.
How to make lemon water:
A convenient and easier way to get a dose of lemon is with lemon water, just be careful not to brush your teeth without rinsing after the lemon water as the acid can attack the tooth enamel, or alternatively drink with a straw.
½ a lemon
½ cup cold water
¼ cup boiling water
In a cup, squeeze in lemon juice from ½ a lemon, add water, stir and drink while warm. Don’t be afraid to add some lemon zest into your drink, as the rind also has vitamin C and enzymes, just wash it first!