Lemon water is the start of my daily health routine. I squeeze the juice of one lemon into 20 ounces of water when I first wake up. (Then I rinse my mouth out to protect the enamel on my teeth.) I initially started it because my husband was doing it, and then I read an interview given by Christie Brinkley saying that she does it every day. My initial thought –if I want to look like her when I am 61, this must be the koolaid to get there!
In general — you should be drinking half of your weight in ounces of water each day. You can add lemon juice to 20 ounces of that first thing in the morning or right before a meal!
Then I started doing some research about the benefits of lemon water and it is astounding what this simple daily detox can do for your body!
Great source of Vitamin C
Lemon juice provides 112 mg of vitamin C which, according to Dr Axe, is 187% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C — that is more than orange juice — without excessive carbs. (It actually has 3 grams of protein! ) Vitamin C protects your body from colds and strengthens your immune system.
Potassium, magnesium, Vitamin B6, copper and folate, thiamin, Vitamin E
Lemon juice is also a great source of these nutrients. Breakdown of nutrients:
303 milligrams potassium (9 percent DV)
31.7 micrograms folate (8 percent DV)
0.1 milligrams vitamin B6 (6 percent DV)
0.1 milligrams thiamin (5 percent DV)
0.1 milligrams copper (4 percent DV)
14.6 milligrams magnesium (4 percent DV)
0.4 milligrams vitamin E (2 percent DV)
Lemon juice helps the liver produce more bile, which causes your digestive system to stay more balanced. It also stabilizes insulin, helps you to better absorb nutrients, reduces bloating, and flushes out toxins. (It is a mild diuretic, but think of all the toxins you flush out by urinating more!)
Rejuvenates the skin
This is the part that must have benefitted Christie Brinkley’s supermodel skin well into her 60s! Antioxidants in lemons fight damage from free radicals, helps your body produce collagen (which in turn fights fine lines and wrinkles). Recent studies have also shown the using Vitamin C serums on your face and regular consumption of Vitamin C produced better looking skin and less wrinkles.
Suppresses the appetite
A nice side effect — lemon water suppresses your appetite. That’s why I drink a glass of lemon water in the morning and one before dinner.
Average lemon at the grocery store costs 50 cents, or you can buy them in bulk at Costco or Sams.
Does it work? This is a sweatie selfie I took last week of my 40 year old self after my workout. I think it is working!! 🙂
Sources cited: DrAxe.com