Water with Lemon, Please!

Drinking water with lemon shouldn’t be reserved for just dining in restaurants. The juice from this yellow citrus fruit offers numerous health benefits from good digestion to cancer prevention. While not proven to accelerate fat loss (that’s a myth) lemon juice is a healthy and low-calorie way to flavor drinks and food. Here are our top favorite benefits of lemon juice.

Improves Immune Function

Rich in vitamin C, regular consumption of lemon juice may help boost your immune system. Warm water with lemon juice is a great way to alleviate a sore throat.

Aids in Digestion

With laxative effects, lemon juice flushes out toxins and other harmful pollutants. Some people find lemon juice helpful to improve digestive issues like heartburn, burping, and bloating. Lemons are also a source of pectin fiber which is beneficial for colon health.

Powerful Antioxidant

Having antioxidant properties, lemons can help fight against certain forms of cancer and prevent oxidative damage, which women with PCOS have been shown to have more of compared to other women.

May Improve Glucose and Insulin

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition showed that an increase in lemon polyphenols in mice resulted in improvements in blood glucose control and insulin function.

Assists with Iron Absorption

As a good source of vitamin C, lemons can help improve iron absorption if eaten with an iron-rich food (a glass of lemon water alongside a veggie omelet complements well).

How Much?

Each day squeeze the juice of one quarter to one half of a whole fresh lemon into filtered water. If you prefer it warm, you can easily heat up water in a tea kettle. Many people find having warm water with lemon a great start to the day while others prefer it as a cool refreshing drink.

Is lemon water part of your daily routine? Let us know!

 

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Comments (4)
  • Laurie

    September 21, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I have been trying so hard to cut out diet soda and regular tea (sweetened w/ artificial sweeteners). I saw a guy in class the other day with a big cup of water with half a lemon. I always get lemon with my water in restaurants so I figured this was something I could do at home. This morning I cut a lemon in half and put it in my water. It’s very refreshing and I just keep adding water to it. I am 35 with PCOS. My husband and I are just about to start trying again for baby #1. Here’s hoping lemon water is something I can keep up with for my greater good!

  • Marie

    August 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Yup. Every day i have warm water with lemon juice, coconut oil, and raw honey. I also have diffused water of lemon slices, cucumber, and mint. Lemons are my best friends! I can’t stand ACV so i do lemon instead. I take ACV supplements as well so i don’t have to taste it.

  • Keeley

    February 12, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Hello! I have been diagnosed with PCOS for 6 years now, and I have found little that has helped with my symptoms of bloating, gaining weight, excess hair in unwanted areas, dark skin pigmentation, cysts on my ovations, high testosterone, etc. I recently started lemon water, and it makes me feel so much better. Inflammation in my body has gone down, as well as bloating. I also have lost a couple pounds from it. I drink about 160 oz water a day and all I’ve done is put one whole lemon in my 42 oz water bottle and I just keep refilling it with cold water. It has helped so much, I would greatly recommend it. It even has helped with my heartburn and acid reflux

  • Angela Grassi

    February 13, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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