The Benefits of Lemon Water

There’s a magical liquid that will not only satisfy your thirst, but also boost your immune system and improve the way your body functions. Can you guess what that is? Yes, it’s water… with a twist! Add a few droplets of lemon to your water and you’ve got yourself some powerful fuel.

Lemon water is one extremely simple yet widely neglected way of strengthening your body and boosting your metabolism.

Far too many people don’t consume the recommended daily amount of water. It’s not because they don’t have access to drinking water; they would simply rather have coffee or soda, and they fool themselves into thinking that those beverages will provide the same benefits. Here’s a trick that will transform this “boring” drink into something with a little more flavor, all while benefiting your body in many ways.

Lemon water is a much more efficient resource of Vitamin C than pills, supplements and liquid vitamins.

The recommended daily intake of Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) depends on many factors – age, gender, physical health. According to the U.S. National Institute of Health, the average daily intake must be between 75 and 90 mg. The regular and reasonable intake of Vitamin C aids the cardiovascular system, helps prevent cancer as well as age-related macular degeneration (loss or worsening of vision).

The ascorbic acid is water-soluble and therefore easy to absorb.

Being a strong antioxidant that protects our cells from the deleterious influence of free radicals, Vitamin C needs to be efficiently absorbed so we can feel its benefits. Soon after we drink a glass of lemon water, our body starts the assimilation process.

We are basically built out of water and our cells use it in every metabolic process. That’s why feeding our bodies the recommended amount is so important. You might not drink as much as you have to because you’re afraid you’ll have to visit the toilet every 15 minutes, but it’s better to frequent the toilet than the hospital.

Lemon water can be consumed both warm and cold. A cold glass right when you wake up in the morning will refresh you, kick off your metabolism and prepare you for the day; a warm serving before bed will relax you and relieve the day’s accumulated stress.

Like everything else, however, too much lemon water isn’t recommended.

While there is no risk of experiencing a Vitamin C overdose, increased acid levels in your body may cause heartburn, reflux or some discomfort. Not to mention that your dentist won’t be happy to find out that the erosion of your teeth was assisted.

A healthy amount of lemon water is 2-3 glasses a day. The recommended proportion of water/lemon is 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice for every 1 L. of filtered water. You can always adjust to your personal taste, of course.

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