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A hint of lemon

I’ve talked about the importance of drinking water and staying hydrated. Now I’d like to let you know how adding lemon juice can turn that simple glass of water into an antioxidant rich and flavourful morning experience.  Here are five great reasons to start your day with a warm glass of lemon water.

 

1. It supports digestion.

Lemon juice has similar properties to the digestive liquids found in the stomach.  Drinking a glass of lemon water can be a warm-up for breakfast.   It get’s things going and stimulates the release of gastric juices.  It also helps to clear out the bowel more efficiently. Drinking lemon water can also be a natural remedy for digestive issues like bloating and heartburn.

 

2. It’s a diuretic.

Lemon juice is a natural diuretic which means it likes to encourage the production of urine.  Drinking lemon-infused water helps purify your body by releasing toxins at a faster rate.  Although lemon is acidic, once ingested it then becomes alkaline. How does that help? Our bodies are much happier and healthier on the alkaline side of the PH scale.  For example, having a balanced PH level in your urinary tract can help ward off the growth of bad bacteria.

 

3. It supports your immune system.

By simply adding the juice of just half a lemon to a glass of water you are transforming it into a beverage rich in Vitamin C. That lovely antioxidant Vitamin C can help boost your immune system.

 

4. Oral Health.

Lemon has antibacterial properties which can work wonders on that nasty bacteria that causes bad breath. It can also aid in keeping your pearly whites bright because lemons are a natural bleaching agent. To avoid tooth enamel damage give your mouth a little rinse with plain water afterwards.


5. Brain Health.  

Among other things, lemons have a high level of potassium which is key in helping brain and nerve function, as well as control blood pressure. The potassium found in lemon juice also helps improve concentration, memory and calm a stressed mind. That being said, lemon water can be a great natural way to feel more alert.



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About the Author

KyLee Fournier is a certified sports nutritional consultant, living in Kelowna, BC who helps clients across North America make better decisions regarding what they eat.  Her specialty is plant-based nutrition.  She's also one of the minds behind www.Vegbelly.com, a site that interviews leaders in the vegetarian and vegan community.

 

Website link:  www.kyleefournier.com

Contact e-mail address:  [email protected]

 



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