This is a guest post from Linda of Natural Health Ezine.
It’s recommended that we drink at least 64 ounces of water every day. Did you know it doesn’t have to be plain water? Water has no taste, and having to drink 64 ounces every day can be a hassle. There’s a great way to give your water a kick: Add a lemon to it. You’ll be much more inclined to drink so much water if it has a little flavor to it. (Or just do what Drew does.)
There are many benefits of adding lemon to your water. Lemons are very inexpensive, and you can actually grow your own lemon trees in your back yard or garden. Lemons provide many nutrients that we need each day, such as vitamin C, vitamin B, and riboflavin. Lemons also provide minerals including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. You can get protein and carbohydrates from lemons as well.
What are other benefits of lemon water?
Great For Digestion
By adding lemon to your water, particularly hot water, you’ll be able to relieve many problems that can occur in the digestive tract. It can relieve heartburn, nausea, hiccups, belching, and bloating. If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, your bowels are able to eliminate waste easier and more efficiently. The lemon acts as a cleansing agent which can help with constipation. Lemon water is great for your liver as well. Lemon water helps the liver to produce more bile, which makes it easier to digest food. Lemon water is also said to be able to dissolve gallstones.
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Good For Skin Care
Lemons have natural antiseptic properties that can help with skin problems. Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient for healthy skin. Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant nutrient, which can fight against early signs of aging. Drinking lemon water every day can have a profound effect on your skin. If you have burns or scars, applying lemon water to them can help them to heal and fade away. If you’ve got burns on your skin, the lemon water will help cool it down, because lemon is a cooling agent.
Great For Dental Care
Lemon water is wonderful for all kinds of dental care. Bleeding of the gums can be relieved if you massage the lemon water on them. It will also relieve bad smells that come from gum problems. If you apply lemon water to a toothache, or swish a mouthful of lemon water in your mouth, the pain of the toothache will lessen.
Helps Throat Infections
If you gargle lemon water when you have a sore throat, the pain can be relieved. It also helps people who have tonsillitis. Lemons have anti-bacterial properties that can help infections clear up fast.
Great For Weight Loss
If you’re looking to lose some weight, drinking lemon water can help you achieve your goal. Instead of drinking milk, soda, or alcohol with your evening meal, try a glass of lemon water. You’ll be consuming less calories, and the lemon water will help you lose weight faster. Weight can be reduced by drinking warm lemon water with a tablespoon of honey.
Great For Controlling High Blood Pressure
Due to the high content of potassium in lemons, lemon water is great for people who have heart problems. Lemon water helps to control dizziness, high blood pressure, and nausea. It also helps to relax the body and mind so you don’t feel anxious or stressed. High amounts of anxiety and stress can lead to a rise in blood pressure.
Helps To Cure Respiratory Problems
People suffering from asthma find that drinking lemon water helps them if they’re experiencing an attack. Lemon water can also help with other respiratory issues such as bronchitis.
Great For Reducing A Fever
Lemon water can be very beneficial to anyone suffering from a cold or the flu that is accompanied by a fever. The lemon water helps to break the fever by increasing the amount of perspiration.
Other Benefits Of Adding Lemon To Your Water
There are several additional benefits of drinking lemon water, including the following.
*Reduces mental stress and depression.
*Great for treating rheumatism.
*Good for treating arthritis.
*Helps to purify the blood
There are many benefits to drinking lemon water. If you weigh 155 pounds or less, you should be using the juice from half a lemon in one 8 oz. glass of water. You can drink up to two glasses of lemon water a day. If you weigh more than 155 pounds you should be using the juice of one full lemon for one 8 oz. glass of water and drink two glasses a day.
So if you ever get bored with plain water, add a lemon to it every once in a while, and start reaping the many benefits of this refreshing drink.
This is a guest post by Linda, who runs NaturalHealthEzine.com, a natural health blog dedicated to helping people live the best life possible.
photo by ex.libris.
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