By Emilyn Gil
Even talking about lemons can make a person pucker up in anticipation of the sour taste, but lemons actually have incredible benefits for all kinds of conditions. So if you want to avoid the doctor’s office, or paying for expensive prescriptions, try drinking warm lemon water every morning.
Lemons are an amazing source of Vitamin B6, Iron, Potassium, and dietary fiber. And on top of all that, just one lemon can give you 187% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C! (1)
13 Problems Lemons Can Solve
Drinking a daily glass of warm lemon water can help you with these 13 problems and conditions.
Lemons are master immune boosters, due to the vitamin C, so drinking a cup of lemon water a day can really help protect you from getting sick. Vitamin C is an essential macronutrient and potent antioxidant perfect for immune defence. (2)
2. Sore Throat
If sickness does slip through, lemon water can also help in speeding up recovery and soothing a sore throat. Whether you got the flu, cold, cough, or even strep throat, the vitamin C in lemons can help soothe that annoying pain. (3, 4)
3. Weak Fingernails
Lemon water is really great for your nails. Once again the vitamin C pulls through by keeping your nails healthy, strong, and manecure-ready! (5)
4. Weight Gain
Most people struggle with weight gain at some point in their lives, and who wouldn’t like to lose a couple extra pounds? Drinking lemon water in the mornings can start your day off with hydration in mind, and staying hydrated can really help with weight loss! The vitamin C in lemons has also been proven helpful in preventing and fighting obesity. (6, 7)
5. Sore Muscles
With all the amazing benefits of exercise, one down side is the aftermath of sore muscles. The good news is, lemon water has been proven to lessen muscle damage and speed up the recovery after exercise. Say goodbye to dreading that difficult walk up the stairs! (8)
6. Joint Pain
Lemon juice is great for easing joint pain, and has also shown to be helpful for arthritis and inflammation. Drink lemon water every morning to keep your joints pain-free. (9, 10)
7. Acid Reflux
Acid reflux, also known as heartburn or the more scientific term Gastroesophaegal Reflux Disease (GERD), occurs when acid regurgitates into your esophagus, causing a burning feeling in your throat or chest. Although lemon juice alone is acidic, lemon water has an alkalizing effect, which can treat your acid reflux. (11)
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that causes tenderness and pain over the entire body. If you suffer from this disorder, lemon water is a great way to treat the pain without the side effects that may come with medication. (12)
Lemons have shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking a warm glass of lemon water every day can help with any inflammation that you may experience. (13)
10. High Blood Pressure
If you tend to have a high blood pressure, lemon water is great for this too. Research shows that lemon water can help lower blood pressure and keep it at a healthy level. If you are already on blood pressure medication, however, do not drop the meds without specifically consulting with your doctor first! (11)
11. Gallbladder Disease
Gallbladder disease is generally caused by inflammation and irritation in the gallbladder. Not getting enough vitamin C can also put you at risk for gallbladder disease. Because lemons have anti-inflammatory properties, and are high in vitamin C, drinking lemon water can help prevent and treat this disease. (15, 13)
Not only is acne bothersome, it can also bring back reminders of those middle school days. No thank you! Due to the vitamin C and anti-inflammatory properties of lemon juice, drinking lemon water can help reduce acne. Lemon water can also help strengthen the barrier of your skin and protecting against environmental stress. (16, 2)
13. Kidney Stones
And last but not least, kidney stones are pebble-like substances that form in your kidneys. Lemon water can help prevent kidney stones by increasing urine volume. Also, the potassium and citric acid in lemons help reduce supersaturation of urine and preventing crystal growth. (17)
The Lemon Water Routine
If you’re ready for these amazing benefits and want to fight these 13 problems, conditions, and diseases, start implementing the lemon water routine! Simply slice a fresh lemon and squeeze the juice into warm or room temperature water. Drink up, and enjoy!
Note: If dealing with issues such as fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, gall bladder disease or kidney stones, consult with a medical professional to discuss all options and ask about lemon water as a natural remedy.