Mothers and grandmothers have for years told us to drink warm water and lemon when we have a cold or a sore throat. Then there are also the women you see—and raise your eyebrows at—who order warm water and lemon at a restaurant, often leaving us wondering why not tea or coffee or we assume they’re on some crazy diet. As it turns out that they may all be onto something and there are indeed benefits to warm water with lemon.
Here are 5 great reasons why you should consider starting your day with a mug of warm water and the juice from half of a lemon.
Immune System Boost
High Vitamin C levels in lemons help keep colds at bay and your immune system strong while the high amount of potassium in lemons aids in controlling your blood pressure and stimulates your brain and nerve function for better health overall.
Helps You with Your Number 1s and 2s
The vitamins and minerals help to release toxins that can affect the digestive system and warm water stimulates the digestive tract, causing muscle contractions in the intestines that help keep things moving as they should for regular bowel movements. Lemon is also a natural diuretic which helps you urinate more often.
Helps You Lose Weight
We’ve all heard that lemon helps with weight loss, though most of us don’t really know why! The reason is that a high alkaline diet helps you to lose weight and lemons can help you keep your cravings and hunger in check thanks to the amount of pectin fiber they contain.
Keeps Your Skin Smooth and Clear
Forget expensive creams if you want to look younger because lemon gives you these benefits naturally and for next to nothing. Lemons contain wrinkle and pimple-fighting vitamin C and they also have the ability to remove toxins from your system that can wreak havoc on your skin.
Keeps You Well Hydrated
Drinking the recommended 8 to 10 glasses of water each day isn’t always enough to keep your body working at its best. Adding lemon to some of that water helps to keep you hydrated while also giving you the added benefit of clearing toxins from your system—the same ones that can build up and cause some serious problems when you’re not properly hydrated. Adding lemon to at least one of your glasses of water works as a hydration booster, so to speak, so that your body functions at its best, keeping you from getting constipated and regulating your body’s natural stress response.
Not too shabby for something so easy and inexpensive, is it? Add to these benefits lemon’s uncanny ability to soothe and comfort a raw throat and your stuffy nose when you have a cold and you’ve got plenty of reason to add these little fruits to your shopping list each week.