There are many reasons why adding the juice of a lemon to your water in the morning is a good thing and brings benefits to your health. Citrus fruits contain medicinal compounds that include flavonoids, alkaloids, limonoids, coumarins, carotenoids and phenolic acids as well as essential oils that boost health. These constituents act as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, anti-carcinogenic, and are neuroprotective and heart protective. Why not get a big dose of them in the morning, first thing when you get out of bed?
Check out the 10 different actions you can expect from this healthy habit:
1. Lemon Purifies the Body
Lemon contains free radical quenching antioxidants such as vitamin C and phytonutrients that decrease oxidative damage in the body.
Interestingly, animals have the ability to convert glucose into vitamin C, but humans do not. That means you have to have a daily source of antioxidants or your health will suffer.
When your body receives greater amounts of antioxidants from food, then it can use these free radical quenchers to overcome infections. Once that happens, you stay healthier and happier for longer periods of time.
2. Lemon Water, Like Citrus Fruit Water, May Help Minimize Kidney Stone Formation
Citrus juices are rich sources of citrate. This is good for those who tend to form kidney stones and here’s why:
Oral citrate is absorbed in the intestines and almost totally metabolized to bicarbonate, providing alkalinity, which increases the pH of the urine and the excretion of citrate. Thus, you end up with less of a chance of getting kidney stones with lemon water because kidney stones tend to form in acidic urine more than alkaline urine, researchers report.
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3. Lemon Water Helps You Detox
U.S. scientists from a Texas university have found that one of the ways that citrus fruits are protective is that they influence the phase II detoxification enzyme processes in the body. This means they are essentially acting as a liver detox agent.
Nomilin, isobacunoic acid, and deacetyl nomilin were the active ingredients in citrus that revved up the body’s detox enzymes in the liver.
4. Lemon Constituent Limonin May Reduce Liver Damage
Egyptian researchers have shown that one of the active ingredients in lemons called limonin has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in cases where there has been an injury to the liver from chemicals.
Inflammation interferes with a healthy, happy, and fruitful life. It slows you down, puffs up your joints, and makes you sluggish. Stop it all with lemon water.
5. Liminoids in Lemon May Help Prevent Fat Creation
Who doesn’t want fewer fat cells as they get older? In 2016, scientists in Japan discovered that limonoids, one of the active medicinal constituents found in lemon and other citrus fruits, repress the creation of new fat cells. This is important if you want to stay thin. Hooray for lemon water!
6. Lemon Can Help You Beat Anemia
Foods that contain vitamin C – like lemons – will help your body increase iron absorption from other foods such as meat, dark green leafy vegetables, and molasses.
In some cases, a big contributing factor to anemia is simply a lack of vitamin C. Anemia slows you down, keeps you out of breath (even from walking up stairs), and makes you look pale. If it gets serious, you can die of a heart attack.
7. Lemon May Help Minimize Gout Crystal Buildup
Excess uric acid accumulates in the joints and tissue whenever there’s gout. There it crystallizes and causes damage, pain, and inflammation. As mentioned previously, citrate is found in citrus juice. It combines with calcium to prevent kidney stones and also will react with uric acid. This means you get fewer joint crystals and less pain.
8. Keep Your Bone Density Level High
It’s the limonoid called nomilin that is rooting for your bone density 24/7. Japanese scientists found that nomilin prevents osteoclastic differentiation in test tube studies. Osteoclastic differentiation means the growth of different types of bone cells that break down your bones and make them weak. The scientists concluded that this constituent has the potential ability to be used to prevent bone disorders. Pretty impressive!
9. Lemon Contains Limonoid That Prevents Blood Sugar From Rising
The same limonoid called nomilin in #9 works in another way in your body. It prevents your blood sugar levels from rising. One Japanese researcher reported that it plays a big role in keeping blood sugar levels normal.
Well, what do you think? Do you have enough evidence that drinking your lemon water just might help you in many ways?
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