There’s a popular health habit that many natural lifestyle enthusiasts have been practicing lately that you might want to know more about – drinking water flavored with fresh- squeezed lemon. No, it’s not lemonade, as there’s no sugar involved. Some people even use hot water instead of cold. So, why are people so passionate about lemon water and is it really that good for you?
Here are five benefits of drinking lemon-flavored water:
1. Better Hydration
By flavoring the water, you’re able to get a lot more water into your body. Some people abhor the taste of water – and that’s an interesting fact on its own. Pure water should be tasteless, but many municipal water supplies taste or smell like chlorine or other chemicals. In some places where fracking is taking place, methane and other chemicals produce a foul smell to the water. (How horrible is that?) The water even lights up on fire when a match is placed near it!
The point is that if you don’t like pure water’s flavor, you are tasting the toxins from your own body. The water is pulling out some toxins from your oral tissues as you drink it.
Your body is 70% or more water, and hydration can successfully lower the amount of body aches and pains you have. Water is essential for every function in your body and optimal health is impossible if you do everything right but still don’t consume enough water.
2. Lemon is a good source of Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps keep your immunity high so you don’t succumb to infections. Drinking lemon water helps keep your Vitamin C levels consistently high, which is an excellent way to keep your immune system in good shape. When your Vitamin C intake is inconsistent, it doesn’t do as much good for your immunity.
3. Lemon changes the pH of your body
Lemon water helps restore the alkalinity of the body. You want to be more alkaline instead of more acidic. Being acidic means you’ll feel more joint aches and pains as well as other pains in the body. Being alkaline means you’ll be pain-free more often.
4. Lemon water resets your thirst mechanism
When you drink lemon water in the morning, you are hydrating yourself after a night of no water. By drinking three glasses of lemon water in the morning, you can reset your thirst mechanism for the entire day. You won’t have to drink so much water the rest of the day; only when thirsty.
5. Lemon water helps the colon
The three glasses of water you drink in the morning hydrate the colon, so regular bowel movements become standard. That’s always good because someone who is constipated is irritable and can be mean! Someone who is not constipated is friendlier and more pleasant to be around.
Beware: The one big risk
You may wonder, are there any drawbacks when drinking so much lemon water? Well, it depends on how you prepare it, and what you do afterward. Lemon is one of the most acidic fruits, and when you squeeze the lemon juice into the water, you make the water acidic. The lemon water can now eat away at the enamel of the teeth. That’s the only drawback, and it’s a major issue.
And plenty of people have found this out the hard way – when they go in for their dental appointment, and the dentist tells them that their enamel has eroded off the teeth.
The truth is that if you’re going to drink lemon water, you must have a plan of action of how to prevent the enamel erosion from happening. It could be as simple as making sure you brush your teeth thoroughly after drinking the glass of lemon water. You can also use a straw, to help reduce contact between the lemon and your teeth.