We’ve all heard it a million times before: drink more water.
But if you’re not supercharging your plain H20 with lemons, you’re missing out on a long list of health benefits you might not have even realized.
One major advantage to drinking up? Slimming down. Lemons have something called “pectin fiber” which quells hunger and cravings, paving the way for faster weight loss. Need we say more?
If that doesn’t motivate you to hop on the lemon water wagon, we’ve got plenty more reasons why you should be sipping this superstar beverage.
1. Provides Nutrients
It’s packed with nutrients like vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and fiber.
2. Reduces Inflammation
It decreases the acidity in your body, which is a main cause of inflammation in your body’s joints.
3. Speeds Digestion
It loosens toxins in the digestive tract and relieves indigestion, heartburn and bloating.
4. Detoxes and Cleanses
Lemons help flush out toxins by enhancing enzyme functions.
5. Nourishes Skin
The antioxidants decrease blemishes, wrinkles, scars and age spots while detoxifying your blood and maintaining radiance.
6. Freshens Breath
It helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis.
7. Boosts Immune System
Vitamin C is essential for a healthy immune system, and lemons are chock-full of it.
8. Fights Infections
One of the best ways to combat viral infections (and sore throats) is drinking lemon water.
9. Revs Metabolism
Staying hydrated throughout the day is so important because it boosts your body’s metabolic rates.
*Womanista Tip: Start your mornings out with a full glass of warm lemon water and then wait 15-20 minutes before having breakfast. This will help your body fully receive all the benefits listed above, plus you’ll have noticeably more energy (even before your coffee!).