An effective daily habit can create huge benefits.
Even small changes can have a big effect on your health – like starting the day with lemon water!
Roxanne B. Sukol, MD, MS is an internal medicine specialist and discusses seven reasons for you to adopt this simple but rewarding habit.
- Aids In Digestion
Acid helps break down food, and that’s why there’s such an abundance of it in our stomachs. Lemons may provide an effective supplement to increasing stomach acid levels as we age – something many older individuals can benefit from doing as their levels decrease with age.
- Assists You With Staying Hydrated
Most of us do not consume enough water. A daily lemon water habit can help kickstart your day on the right foot. One simple indicator that you are getting enough is when your urine appears almost clear.
- Weight-Loss Friendly
Habit is hard to break. Consider what the impact would be of switching out your daily morning OJ or latte for lemon water just once each month for 10 years; your waist line will surely thank you.
- Prevents Oxidation
Lemons contain phytonutrients that provide valuable protection for our bodies against disease. Their powerful antioxidant properties help guard against cell damage caused by oxidation – the same mechanism responsible for creating rust.
- Supplies A Healthy Portion Of Vitamin C
Squeezing half a lemon into your water will add just 6 calories to your daily food intake and provide over one sixth of your recommended vitamin C dosage, which helps protect cells against damage and repair damage to tissues.
- Gives A Potassium Boost
Your body needs potassium for essential bodily processes like nerve-muscle communication, transporting nutrients and waste disposal and controlling circulatory strain regulation. A great source of this essential mineral are foods grown from the ground.
- Forestalls Kidney Stones
Lemon water may help prevent kidney stones in those deficient in urinary citrate (a type of citrus extract). Furthermore, an increase in fluids helps combat dehydration – one of the major factors leading to kidney stones.