Lemons have some pretty amazing health benefits.
They contain Vitamin C, which is like a turbo-booster for the immune system. They are also high in fiber and antioxidants.
Lemon Water Nutrition Facts
One cup of fresh lemon juice in a glass of water has:
- 61 calories
- 6 grams sugar
- 3 grams protein
- 0 grams fat
- 1 gram fiber (4 percent DV)
- 112 milligrams vitamin C (a whopping 187 % DV)
- 0.1 milligrams thiamine (5 percent DV)
- 303 milligrams potassium (9 percent DV)
- 31.7 micrograms folate (8 percent DV)
- 0.1 milligrams vitamin B6 (6 percent DV)
- 0.1 milligrams copper (4 percent DV)
- 14.6 milligrams magnesium (4 percent DV)
- 0.4 milligrams vitamin E (2 percent DV)
Health Benefits Of Lemon Water
1. Healthy Weight
Lemons contain a type of soluble fiber called pectin. Pectin is found in fruit and can help you feel full longer because it expands in your stomach.
Some animal studies show that plant compounds in lemon extracts may prevent weight gain (1).
2. Prevent Kidney Stones
Citric acid is a plant compound found in lemons which may help prevent kidney stones from forming (2).
3. Healthier Skin
The antioxidants in lemons fight damage caused by free radicals, which gives the skin an incredible glow from within. If you’ve ever used a vitamin C serum on your face, you know what I’m talking about.
The vitamin C also helps the body produce collagen, which helps smooth out wrinkles (3).
4. Protect Against Anemia
Anemia is often related to an iron deficiency. Drinking lemon water can help enhance the body’s ability to absorb iron from food (4).
If you have iron deficiency anemia, you may want to try drinking lemon water when eating iron-rich foods.
5. Improve Digestive Health
D-Limonene is a plant compound found in lemon peel. It is what gives lemons their delightful, fresh scent.
It also helps calm an upset stomach, and can relieve reflux and heartburn symptoms (5).
6. Reduce Risk Of Cancer
7. Heart Health
The most common cause of death throughout the world is cardiovascular disease. This includes both strokes and heart attacks.
Did you know low vitamin C levels in the blood are a risk factor for stroke (7)?
But, consuming fruits high in vitamin C can help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease (8).
In addition, the fiber in citrus fruits was shown to decrease cholesterol levels (9).
8. Boosts The Immune System
The vitamin C found in lemons was shown to enhance the immune system (10).
9. Boosts Energy Level And Mood
Lemons are known as a natural energizer. Who (with the exception of a small child), couldn’t use more energy?
Vitamin B6 includes a group of vitamins which help convert food to energy (11).
Plus, lemon essential oil can ease stress and boost your mood (12). You can simply smell the oil or apply it to your neck, wrists or hands to experience the effects.
- Please note, if you have sensitive skin you may want to dilute the oil (with olive, coconut, or another favorite carrier oil) to prevent irritation.
Drinking Lemon Water
Drinking lemon water is a simple way to enjoy the health benefits of lemons.
I typically add the juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon to a large glass of water. You can also add a bit of honey if you like.
You can drink lemon water lukewarm, or even cold if you prefer.
Lemons are highly acidic and can eat away at the tooth enamel. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help prevent this from happening.
- Always dilute lemon juice by adding water.
- Drink lemon water first thing in the morning, before you brush your teeth. The bacteria present on your teeth will help protect the enamel. (Sounds gross, but it works!)
- Consider drinking it through a straw to lessen contact with teeth.
- After drinking lemon water, rinse your teeth with baking soda.
Other Uses For Lemons
Lemons are great for cleaning and deodorizing your kitchen. And who doesn’t love that all-natural fresh, clean scent?
Or clean your tarnished silverware with a drop of lemon essential oil on a rag.
Whiten your teeth using a mixture of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, baking soda and coconut oil. Apply the mixture to your toothbrush or simply use a clean finger to apply to the teeth. Leave this on your teeth for 2 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
(For more about natural teeth whitening you may want to read 81 Uses For Coconut Oil.)
Considering all the health benefits of lemon water, is any wonder so many of us are using lemon essential oil or drinking lemon water?
Please let me know if you’ve noticed any of these benefits of lemon water. You can leave your comments below. I love hearing from you!
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Finally, you may want to watch this brief video about more of the health benefits of drinking lemon water: