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2. Lemons are antiseptic and have a powerful cleansing effect on you liver, kidneys and blood. An overworked liver in particular has an influence on how good you feel so having a simple way to cleanse it each morning can make a big difference to your daily energy over time.
4. The high mineral content of lemons makes them alkalizing to the body, despite their citric acid. It's actually not the acid content of a food outside the body that determines whether it will have an acid or alkalineeffect, but rather the way it is metabolized during digestion that counts.
5. Lemon water assist in elimination and will help prevent either extremes of constipation or diarrhea. Another good reason to have them first thing in the morning.
6. Drinking lemon water is even said to be good for improving your skin. The high vitamin C content would help here, but the overall cleansing, detoxifying, antibiotic and antioxidant effects are likely to be even more important.
7. Limonoid glucosides are an interesting flavonoid compound present in lemons that some research has shown may have anti-carcinogenic properties. Its protective effect also seems to last much longer in the body than most other natural anti-cancer compounds.
8. Lemon water helps your liver to produce more bile to aid in the digestion of fats. This makes them particularly beneficial if you're planning a big breakfast fry up after a heavy night. And realistically, the nutrients in lemon are far more likely to help clear your head than greasy and potentially dangerous sausages or bacon.
9. The antibacterial properties of lemon can help in curing a throat infection. If you have a sore throat you could make a warm lemon drink to sip every couple of hours. That said, if you are having a lemon water every morning you're probably unlikely to get one in the first place.
Personally, I can't remember ever having a throat infection since I started regularly having fresh lemon water first thing.
10. Lemon water is also thought to decrease the amount of mucus and phlegm produced in the body. If you're drinking cow's milk often (a big culprit in mucus production) then lemon water each morning may help to lessen mucus levels in your body.
11. Many weight loss resources cite the benefits of lemon water and its citric acid in fat burning.
I'd be cautious of too many miracle claims - you'll still need to avoid the kind of foods that make you fat, get some good exercise and ideally change your meal frequency to one that improves weight loss potential - but lemon water is certainly a beneficial addition to any body fat reduction plan.
12. Lemon water is great first thing in the morning to reduce bad breath. The high antioxidant and antibiotic compounds may also help reduce body odor over time. There really are a lot of good reasons to start your day with the freshly squeezed juice of a lemon in a glass of water.
How To Prepare Lemon Water
A few precautions to go along with all the lemon water benefits.
To start with, citrus seeds are not good for you. While one or two won't hurt, it's best not to swallow or particularly chew them. If you use a citrus juicer with slots to catch them just leave them in the strainer. If any do make it through then the smaller ones will usually float and are easy to remove with a teaspoon, while the larger ones can be left at the bottom of the glass.
Try to avoid having sugar, honey (unless it's local raw or manuka honey), maple syrup or other sweeteners with your lemon water as the simple sugars will reduce the benefits.
If you don't like the sharp citrus tang then just shot it down quickly and you'll barely taste it.
That said, what's with our obsession with everything having to be sweetened? The human palate is designed to enjoy a variety of different flavors and tastes. Ayurvedic medicine for instance, recognizes the importance of having a range of different tastes in your diet to maintain both physical and emotional balance.
Some people are also concerned about the citric acid in lemons having a sensitizing effect on their tooth enamel. Personally, I haven't noticed any problem with this but it would make sense not to let the lemon water linger in your mouth and just drink it straight down.
I tend to follow my glass of lemon water with another glass of plain water and swirl it around a bit to wash my mouth clean. If you're concerned about this another option could be to use a straw to sip it so less comes into contact with your teeth. It's also probably best to wait half an hour before brushing your teeth.