Lemon Juice Benefits

Do you drink lemon juice every morning or daily?

And you’re wondering what are the benefits of lemon juice or lemon water. 

If so, you’re in the right place.

Because, in today’s post, I am listing the benefits of drinking lemon juice. 

Before that, quick nutritional info on the lemon.

About Lemon

Lemon is a fruit that is mostly and widely used to enhance the taste of food. 

But, the amazing thing about lemon is that it is a good source of vitamin C and flavonoids, both of them are antioxidants.

In fact, one lemon (58g) can fulfill 30-50% daily vitamin c requirement.

Scientific name
Citrus × limon

Family
Rutaceae

1. Promotes Hydration

A healthy woman and men should drink at least 91 ounces/2.7 liter and 125 ounces/3.6 per day respectively from food and drinks. (Source)

So, that’s obvious, if you drink lemon juice it will help you to fulfill your daily water intake. 

And water is the best drink for hydration, but some people like to drink flavored drinks instead of plain water. That’s why adding lemon will give the flavor as well as vitamin C. 

2. Good Source of Vitamin C

As I mentioned earlier, lemon is a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that reduces the free radicals from the body. And Free radicals can lead to severe health problems. 

Although it is not the citrus fruits with the highest amount of vitamin C present in it. Still, it is a good source of vitamin C and a common fruit which is most of the time available in the kitchen.

3. Help in Weight Loss 

Lemon water reduced the weight of the mice because of polyphenol antioxidants present in the lemon, according to the research done on obese mice.   

Also, antioxidants found in lemon improved insulin resistance and reduces the negative effects on blood glucose levels, in the same mice studies. 

4. Improves Skin Quality

Vitamin C in lemons helps in reducing skin wrinkling, damage from the sun, and dry skin from aging. 

In fact, Citrus-based drinks helped in preventing the wrinkle formation in hairless mice, according to the 2016 laboratory study

And your skin becomes dry and prone to wrinkles if it loses its moisture. So drinking lemon water also helps in maintaining the moisture in the skin.

5. Aids Digestion

The sour taste of lemon stimulates the fire in the stomach also known as Agni in the Ayurveda. Agni jump-starts the digestive system and helps in digesting food more easily, according to ayurvedic medicine.

You might be drinking warm lemon water in the morning or must have seen anyone drinking it. 

Why?

To prevent constipation. But do you know… 

When you drink the water first in the morning, it flushing all the toxins in the body and also cleans the intestines. A healthy habit that Ayurveda suggests which is called Ushapan.

So drinking warm lemon water means cleaning up the body internally and improving digestion. 

6. Prevent from Kidney Stones

Citrate, a component of citric acid, inhibits the process of calcium stone formation, thereby reducing the kidney stones problem. 

Drinking lemon water increases the urine citrate formation which helps in preventing kidney stones but also flushes the stones from the urine. 

7. Relieves a Sore Throat

Drinking warm lemon water with honey reduces sore throat, a popular home remedy. In the cold season, it can give soothing benefits for a sore throat. Also, vitamin C in lemon helps in improving the immunity of the body.

Risk of Drinking Lemon Water

Drinking lemon water is safe. But you should be aware of the potential risk of lemon water to your teeth. 

Drinking citrus-based drinks may erode tooth enamel, thus increasing the risk of tooth decay, according to The American Dental Association. 

But to minimize the risk, you can drink the lemon water using a straw and rinse your mouth with plain water afterward.

Bottom Line

Lemon water is a refreshing and healthy drink that keeps you hydrated and adds up Vitamin c in your diet.

Some people drink in empty stomach in the morning or some prefer in the evening.

Although, very little research has been done on the health benefits of lemon juice. Still, many people saw improvements in their health like an increase in metabolism or weight loss, etc. But if you have any health condition or doesn’t feel good, call your doctor and consult with him.