Reasons why you need lemon water in your routine
My morning routine starts with 16 ounces of warm lemon water. Yes, lemons contain things like vitamin C but is there actual evidence for all the health claims? Here’s the breakdown:
Citric acid is a weak acid found in citrus fruits, most abundantly in lemons. It’s a component of the Krebs cycle, which involves energy production within the mitochondria found in ALL our cells. Studies show that citrate decreases lipid peroxidation and downregulates inflammation. In animal studies, citrate has been shown to PROTECT liver function and prevent oxidative damage, helping preserve the liver’s natural ability to detoxify (PMID: 24433072).
Antioxidants found in lemons have been shown to improve the appearance of our skin and fight free radicals that break down collagen. One study found that higher vitamin C intake was associated with a lower likelihood of wrinkled appearance and skin dryness (PMID: 17921406).
PREVENTS KIDNEY STONES
Urinary citrate is a potent inhibitor of urinary crystallization. It slows down stone formation by binding to the calcium oxalate crystal surface and inhibiting crystal growth and aggregation (PMID: 18290732).
NUTRIENTS + BIOFLAVONOIDS
Lemons contain vitamin C, potassium, B vitamins, magnesium, vitamin E, calcium, zinc, and citrus bioflavonoids such as QUERCETIN. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine, prevents inflammation, is a zinc ionophore, and has antiviral and antibacterial properties.
AIDS IN DIGESTION
Citrus bioflavonoids help promote the production of hydrochloric acid (stomach acid), which is NEEDED to break down proteins, activate digestive enzymes, proper mineral absorption from foods, and prevent pathogenic overgrowths.
BOOSTS ENERGY + MOOD
After 8 hours of sleep, our body is dehydrated. Lemon water hydrates better because of the electrolytes naturally found in lemons (also a great alternative to Gatorade). One study found that the scent of lemon reduced stress levels and helped improve mood (PMID: 18178322).
LIVER + GALLBLADDER SUPPORT
In Traditional Chinese medicine, the sour flavor of lemons energetically directs the liver and gallbladder. In Ayurvedic principles, warm lemon water can help flush the digestive tract of toxins that have built up overnight.
So. Many. Benefits! Have you considered adding lemon to your routine?