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The lemon (Citrus × limon) is a small evergreen tree native to Asia, and the tree’s ellipsoidal yellow fruit. The fruit’s juice, pulp and peel, especially the zest, are used as foods. The juice of the lemon is about 5% to 6% citric acid, which gives lemons a sour taste. The distinctive sour taste of lemon juice makes it a key ingredient in drinks and foods such as lemonade, cocktails and soft drinks.
Lemon juice is also used as a short-term preservative on certain foods that tend to oxidize and turn brown after being sliced, such as apples, bananas and avocados, where its acid denatures the enzymes that cause browning and degradation.
Apart from the above mentioned use of lemons, here we are presenting you with a few reasons why you should drink lemon water in the morning with flat tummy.
No! here we are not asking you to stop drinking your soothing morning cup of coffee which is great in taste and the warmth, smell it welcomes you with is just indescribable, just postpone that cup for a good 30 minutes. Facts listed down here will surely make you give it a try and please try it for at least 28 days. Why 28? because that’s how long it takes to form any habit.
- Alkalizing in Nature
Human body performs best when it’s more alkaline (cancer cells tend to breed in an acidic body). Lemon although being an acidic fruit acts as an alkalizing agent when it enters human body and lowers the acid levels. Due to the foods we eat and things our skin is exposed to and the environment we are living in most of the people have very acidic body and lemon water helps decrease the pH.
- Source of Vitamins and Minerals
Lemon is vitamin rich with vitamin C (anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, & helps immune system), vitamin B (energy production), riboflavin (tissue repair, growth and development) and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium (all these minerals help build strong bones & teeth) can be your best companion throughout the day.
- Helps Liver Eliminate Toxins and Waste Products
Liver is responsible to detoxify, protein synthesize and production of bio chemicals of help our body in proper digestion. Lemon water helps the liver carrying out all these functions more efficiently as it increases the liver detoxifying enzymes. Being diuretic, lemon increases rate of urination which also helps in purifying.
- Cheap Anti-Aging Remedy
Lemon helps removing wrinkles and improving the allover appearance of your skin. Your skin can’t look healthy if your body if holding too much toxins and since lemon water fight that, you’ll get a clear glowing skin. Also lemon contains citric acid which helps fighting acne. In short a cup of lemon can be your cheap home remedy for glowing skin & removing wrinkles
- Good for Weight Loss
Liver slows down the metabolism when its full of toxins and waste products which leads us to more fat in our body. Lemon helps liver eliminating all those waste products and help burn fat faster. Lemon cannot do it all alone but it can Help and most effective way is doing this with eating real food and exercise. Also being high in pectin fiber it helps hunger carvings.
- Relieves Respiratory Problems & Freshens Breath
Lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs. It’s thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies. Lemon also helps freshens your breathing and also helps relieve tooth pain and gingivitis, although being high on citric acid it can harm your tooth enamel so be careful with that.
This includes the benefits of having lemon water, now to conclude for this session here is how you can make one for yourself from tomorrow morning:
- Fill a glass/cup of water with water (warm, room temperature or cold it doesn’t real matter but if you have digestive problems, use hot water)
- Squeeze the juice from 1/2 of a fresh lemon into glass of water. (This will turn the water cloudy)
- Stir and drink
* Don’t use bottled lemon juice as it can contain sulphites which a lot of people are allergic to.
Some More Facts About Lemon
- Lemon trees bloom and produce fruit year-round. Each tree can produce between 500 and 600 pounds of lemons in a year
- Food historians say lemons have been in cultivation around the Mediterranean from as early as the first century A.D.
- The demand for lemons and their scurvy-preventing properties hit a peak during the California Gold Rush of 1849. Miners were willing to pay huge sums for a single lemon. As a result, lemon trees were planted in abundance throughout California.
- During the European Renaissance, fashionable ladies used lemon juice as a way to redden their lips.
- California and Arizona produce 95% of the entire U.S. lemon crop.