I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage that you should be drinking eight glasses of water a day. I suppose it’s not a bad place to start, but the truth is there’s a lot more to it than that.
Your body is well over 50 percent water, and water is absolutely essential to most—perhaps even all—the processes that take place inside your body.1
Your body uses water to…
- Help your organs function as they should
- Lubricate joints
- To flush out waste and toxins
- To keep you energized and focused
Folks who drink more water even have a lower incidence of colorectal cancer, according to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.2
In other words, water is absolutely critical to our good health. But exactly how much you, or anyone else, should be drinking, depends on a bunch of factors such as weight and how physically active you are.3
But chances are good that you’re not drinking enough, many folks aren’t. Adding lemon to your water is a great way to add a little jolt flavor to help you drink more. And the lemons do double duty by bringing along a bunch of extra health benefits of their own.
Lemon water can help cleanse your body of toxins and waste. In fact, the American Cancer Society suggests hot lemon water for relieving constipation and clearing your bowels.4
4 more lemon water detox benefits
But that’s far from the only detox benefit lemon brings to the table.
Let’s take look at four more lemon water detox benefits…
1. Powerful antioxidant & antibiotic properties:
Everyone knows plants are good for you. But it’s mainly the phytonutrients found in plants that make them so good for us. The phytonutrients in lemons, specifically, have antioxidant and antibiotic properties.
Lemons also contain limonin, a compound found in citrus fruits with possible anti-viral and anti-obesity effects.5
|Nutrient||Value Per 100g||1 Lemon 48g||1 Wedge 5.9g|
|Vitamin A, IU||6IU||3IU||0IU|
|Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)||0.15mg||0.07mg||0.01mg|
2. Give your digestive system extra support:
Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges contain pectin, a dietary fiber that supports digestion. Lemons actually contain more pectin than oranges as well as high levels of citric acid.6
Citric acid supports digestion, as does pectin, which slows down the speed that food leaves the stomach and improves the way it’s broken down.
One study found that five grams of pectin mixed with orange juice produced a greater feeling of fullness after eating. This might help reduce the amount of food consumed and support weight loss efforts.7
3. Support your immune system with a jolt of vitamin C:
Your immune cells require vitamin C and medical experts have recommended vitamin C to boost the immune system.8 Vitamin C also neutralizes free radicals, creates energy, and defends against certain environmental toxins.9
Vitamin C protects skin from the premature aging that can be caused by the accumulation of toxins. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reported that women who took in more vitamin C had stronger, firmer skin, less dryness, and fewer wrinkles.10
4. Keep your kidney and liver function firing:
Lemons give both your liver and kidneys the support they need so they can do their jobs of processing and removing waste and toxins from your body effectively.
In animal studies, the pectin in lemons lowered liver cholesterol levels and supported normal liver function.11 Polyphenols, plant compounds that promote liver enzyme activity and regulate metabolism, are likely why.12
Some studies have found that the citric acid in lemon juice can help discourage kidney stones.13 In one interesting study, lemon juice performed as well as potassium citrate for urinary calcium stones.14
A lemon water detox is a great way to cleanse your body
Lemon juice is a powerful way to clear toxins, support the immune system, improve digestion, and protect the liver and kidneys.
Do you have any tips for using lemon juice to cleanse and detox? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.
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3. The Water in You. Water Properties: (Water Science School). USGS, 9 Dec. 2015. Web. 19 Feb. 2016.
4. American Cancer Society. Constipation. Last Revised: 06/08/2015.
5. Lemon/Limes. The World’s Healthiest Foods. n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2016.
6. Penniston KL, Nakada SY, Holmes RP, Assimos DG. Quantitative Assessment of Citric Acid in Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, and Commercially-Available Fruit Juice Products. Journal of endourology / Endourological Society. 2008;22(3):567-570. doi:10.1089/end.2007.0304.
7. Tiwary CM, Ward JA, Jackson BA. Effect of pectin on satiety in healthy US Army adults. J Am Coll Nutr. 1997 Oct;16(5):423-8.
8. Ströhle A, Hahn A. Vitamin C and immune function. Med Monatsschr Pharm. 2009 Feb;32(2):49-54; quiz 55-6.
9. Wax, Emily. “Vitamin C: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia.” U.S National Library of Medicine, 2 Feb. 2015. Web. 19 Feb. 2016.
10. Cosgrove MC, Franco OH, Granger SP, Murray PG, Mayes AE. Dietary nutrient intakes and skin-aging appearance among middle-aged American women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Oct;86(4):1225-31.
11. Terpstra AH, Lapré JA, de Vries HT, Beynen AC. The hypocholesterolemic effect of lemon peels, lemon pectin, and the waste stream material of lemon peels in hybrid F1B hamsters. Eur J Nutr. 2002 Feb;41(1):19-26.
12. Fukuchi Y, Hiramitsu M, Okada M, et al. Lemon Polyphenols Suppress Diet-induced Obesity by Up-Regulation of mRNA Levels of the Enzymes Involved in ?-Oxidation in Mouse White Adipose Tissue. Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition. 2008;43(3):201-209. doi:10.3164/jcbn.2008066.
13. Oussama A, Touhami M, Mbarki M. In vitro and in vivo study of effect of lemon juice on urinary lithogenesis. Arch Esp Urol. 2005 Dec;58(10):1087-92.
14. Aras B, Kalfazade N, Tu?cu V, Kemahli E, Ozbay B, Polat H, Ta?çi AI. Can lemon juice be an alternative to potassium citrate in the treatment of urinary calcium stones in patients with hypocitraturia? A prospective randomized study. Urol Res. 2008 Dec;36(6):313-7. doi: 10.1007/s00240-008-0152-6. Epub 2008 Oct 23
Dr. Edward F. Group III has his Naturopathic Doctorate, Clinical Herbalist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Clinical Nutritionist certifications, and is a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and the American Board of Functional Medicine. He founded Global Healing Center Inc. in 1998 which has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.
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