1.) Aids in Digestion: Lemon juice flushes out unwanted toxins from the body and it its composition is similar to that of digestive juices we already have in our body. They are also high in minerals and vitamins to help loosen toxins in the digestive tract.
2.) Diuretic: The citric acid in lemons helps maximize enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification. Lemons also increase the rate of urination in the body, which releases toxins at a faster rate, which keeps your urinary tract healthy.
3.) Boosts your Immune System: Lemons are high in vitamin C which helps fight colds and has anti-inflammatory effects and can enhance iron absorption in the body. They are also high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function.
4.) Balances pH levels: Although they are acidic, lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. They contain both citric and ascorbic acids which easily metabolize and allow our blood to be metabolized. Drinking lemon water regularly can help to remove overall acidity in the body, including uric acid, which is one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation in joints.
5.) Clears Skin: The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes while combating free radicals. It is vital for radiant skin and is known for killing some types of bacteria that causes acne. Lemon is somewhat of a rejuvenation agent when it comes to the skin.
6.) Energizes You: Lemons are one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions, which provides your body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract. The scent of lemon in general has mood enhancing and energizing properties and can even help clear your mind.
7.) Freshens Breath: Besides freshening your breath, lemons have also been known to relieve tooth pain and gingivitis, but copious amounts citric acid can erode tooth enamel. It is best to brush your teeth first then drink the water.
Coach's Tip: Lukewarm water should be used, nothing too hot. Fresh lemons are better than lemon juice, but both work—about ½ a lemon in each glass is ideal!