Lemons | Superfood Series

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Lemons have come into the wellness game in recent years as a powerhouse way to start your morning. While I don’t actually think drinking hot water with lemon is beneficial if done EVERY day (wreaks havoc on your enamel), I’d still recommend incorporating it into your diet a few times a week. And before I start this post I want to say that if you’re going to drink lemon and hot water every single day please use an enamel strengthening toothpaste to protect your beautiful smile. In this post, I’ll touch on three of the main reason you should be adding lemon to your water.

Digestion

The reason most people drink hot water and lemon is that they want to “jump start” their body in the morning. To them, this usually means speeding up digestion and giving your body the kick it needs to get going in the morning. This isn’t exactly scientifically accurate, but lemon can make your body strain less to digest your meals. The reason for this is that lemon can actually help your body produce more digestive juices. So technically this doesn’t “jump start” your body, but your system runs a little smoother and that’s still a good thing.

Fun Fact: though lemons are acidic they have an alkalizing effect on the body!

Liver Health

Okay, detoxing isn’t a thing. Let’s get that out of the way. It is in a biological sense, but you can’t just go on a detox ‘cleanse’ and suddenly your body is free of all toxins. Your liver is a natural built-in detox system and spending money on teas that claim to flush out toxins really isn’t improving its function. If I created a detox diet or product, I’d get a sudden influx of pageviews and probably make some money but it just isn’t a scientifically backed-up industry and always want to be honest with my readers. So I’m sorry but you won’t be seeing any posts like that from me.

Though detox massages, teas, pills, and bath products are pretty much all bogus, you can help your body detox by eating foods that assist your liver. One of those foods is lemons. Lemon can help eliminate toxins in the liver by stimulating it to produce more bile. So next time you’re tempted to shell out money on detox products, add lemon to your tea instead.

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Vitamin C

We all known vitamin C is important. It’s probably the most famous of all the vitamins! The juice from just one lemon yields 18.6 mg of vitamin C – that’s approximately 30% of your daily recommended intake.

Vitamin C is usually taken as a preventative measure against colds but it has far more benefits than just being an immunity booster. It also contributes to bone health, collagen formation, cardiovascular health, and those are only a few I can name off the top of my head! There are plenty more ways your body uses vitamin C to assist your overall health so start adding lemon to your water a few times a week. It’s an easy way to do your body a favour without really having to think about it.

 

Lemons are inexpensive, readily available, and have so many benefits. Add it to a cup of hot water or some green tea in the morning to start getting the benefits from this superfood. You won’t regret it! Check out more from the superfood series here.

As always, check with a doctor before beginning a new nutrition regimen to make sure its right for you. Questions can be left in the comment section and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

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