Ahhh lemons! They herald the coming of Spring (but are available all year long as long as you don’t care too much about their carbon footprint) and add a splash of color or a splash of zing to just so many things. If you read this blog regularly then you know that many of my recipes call for lemon juice or lemon zest. Put a bowl of lemons and limes on your kitchen table and the whole room lights up and puts a smile on your face. How is it that two fruits so tart and sour can be so sweet?
Lemons are USEFUL – see previous blog https://pbenjay.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/sooooo-when-life-gives-you-lemons/ and you’ll discover many uses for lemons. Today’s blog, another Ode to Lemons is all about the benefits of hot lemon water! Yes, that’s right, HOT LEMON WATER. I know some of you must have had grandmothers or mothers who, every morning, drank a cup of warm lemon water – believe me they knew what they were doing!
Here are 16 ways in which drinking hot/warm lemon juice will benefit your health!
Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies
Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial
It balances maintain the pH levels in the body
Having warm lemon juice early in the morning helps flush out toxins
It aids digestion and encourages the production of bile
It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium
It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases
It helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid
It helps cure the common cold
The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells
It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute
It helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver In case of a heart burn, taking a glass of concentrated lemon juice can give relief
It is of immense benefit to the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne
It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems
Aids in the production of digestive juices
Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session
Packed with all the goodness, make it a point to begin your day with a glass of warm lemon juice. Its cleansing and healing effects will have positive effects on your health in the long run. However it is very important to note that lemon juice when comes directly in contact with the teeth, can ruin the enamel on the teeth. Hence, it is advised to consume it diluted and also rinse your mouth thoroughly after drinking lemon juice.
And a shout-out and thanks to Gail, my favorite sourcer-er for sending me this article.