I had forgotten about the great benefits of lemon until someone reminded me this week and I found this great article, for me, balancing my pH level is very important, but so is everything else on this list:
1. Boosts your immune system
Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
2. Balances pH
Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they
are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they're alkaline (the
citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). As
you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good
3. Helps with weight loss
Lemons are high in pectin
fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that
people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. And, my
experience is that when I start the day off right, it's easier to make
the best choices for myself the rest of the day.
4. Aids digestion
The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and
peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls
that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and
vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.
5. Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase
the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a
faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clears skin
The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges
toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.
7. Hydrates the lymph system
This cup of goodness helps start the day on a hydrated note, which
helps prevent dehydration (obviously) and adrenal fatigue. When your
body is dehydrated, or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue) it can't
perform all of it's proper functions, which leads to toxic buildup,
stress, constipation, and the list goes on. Your adrenals happen to be
two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and along with your
thyroid, create energy. They also secrete important hormones, including
aldosterone. Aldosterone is a hormone secreted by your adrenals that
regulates water levels and the concentration of minerals, like sodium,
in your body, helping you stay hydrated. Your adrenals are also
responsible for regulating your stress response. So, the bottom line is
that you really don't want to mess with a deep state of dehydration!