The health benefits of lemons

Lemons really can bring a newfound zest to your life, especially in the morning. If you are a serial alarm clock snoozer, and practically have to fall off your bed to start the morning, then I suggest adding lemons to your morning routine.

They are the perfect all-around fruit! Filled from head to toe with vitamin C and B, iron, magnesium, calcium and even potassium. After a long night of sleep your body is in need of vitamins and nutrients, and by simply placing a chopped slice of lemon in warm water you will be energised.

But why should you swap your daily morning coffee or tea for lemon water? Well here are five health benefits of eating lemons that won’t leave you bitter.

1. It boosts your immune system and your brain

Lemons have a high concentration of potassium and vitamin C, both are key to your health. Potassium is able to improve and stimulate your nervous system and brain health, which before work or school will be really beneficial.

There is a reason people use vitamin C tablets; it helps fight illness and improves your immune system, which is your best defence against getting colds and sickness.

2. Clear skin

As well as keeping your insides happy, drinking lemon water can improve your skin. The antioxidants found in the vitamin C help fight free radicals in the skin. This helps form collagen in the skin which will promote fewer wrinkles.

People often use lemons to detox their body and skin, because it helps flush out toxins, leaving them feeling fresher and rejuvenated.

3. Reduces stress

We can all get stressed sometimes, and quite often we go to bed feeling anxiety about something we needed to do. When your body feels anxious or stressed vitamin C is the one of the first vitamins to drop in your body. So by taking a sip of some lemon water, you will be able to boost your vitamin C back up and reduce your stress by doing so. It has also been stated that the fresh clean smell of lemons can help calm your nervous system.

4. Fill up on fibre

Lemons are full of fibre, and the best thing about fibre is its ability to fill you up and reduce your hunger cravings. By drinking lemon water in the morning or between meals you reduce your desire to snack on bad foods, which in turn can help you lose weight.

5. Ease indigestion

Having indigestion or heartburn is never pleasant, and the discomfort and pain it causes can leave you drained and unfocused. But because lemons are great at flushing out toxins in the body, they are able to ease and reduce pain in the digestive system.

Why you should drink lemon water rather than just lemon juice

There are many purifying qualities to lemons, but using lemon at a high concentrate can actually damage your teeth’s enamel due to its acidic nature. So it is always best to dilute lemon juice with warm water or use it in smoothies. This will both decrease the bitterness and increase your water intake at the same time.