When it comes to taking better care of yourself, you have probably heard of drinking more water as one of the best things you can do. However, it is also helpful to add something to the water, such as lemon juice or lemon slices. Take a look at these different health benefits of drinking lemon water.
It Cleanses Your System
One of the top benefits of lemon water is the fact that it can help to cleanse all those toxins out of your body. It is one of the easiest and most natural ways to detox your body. You also don't need to do an extreme detox just to cleanse your system. Having a tall glass of lemon water every day will really do wonders for your body. You can improve enzyme function and help to clean out your liver as well.
Lemon Water is Great For Your Skin
You can also get some excellent health benefits for your skin by drinking more lemon water. When you drink water with some lemon slices or lemon juice in it, you get all that wonderful vitamin C into your body. This combined with better hydration from the water is going to clear up your skin and get rid of free radicals that often cause damage to your skin. Vitamin C can also help to promote more collagen production.
It Helps You Lose Weight
If you are currently trying to lose weight and get healthy, lemon water is the perfect thing to start with. Not only are you getting water with vitamin C from the lemon, but you are adding the flavor of your water. This can help to encourage you to drink more of the water each day, which as you know is important for weight loss. Lemon water can also help to boost your metabolism, especially if you drink warm lemon water in the morning before consuming anything else.
Tips that helps me remember to drink enough water all day.
Make Ready Ahead of Time
Make sure you have ready big glass, or pitcher of filter lemon water next to your bed. Chances are you'll drink it first thing in the morning. This is something I try to do every day, and it makes such a difference.
Drink Water Before Every Meal
The other important tip for drinking more water regularly, simply have a full glass of water before each meal and snack you consume, including before your morning cup of coffee. This is one of those simple reminders that allows you to drink more water, without really having to think too much about it. Train your mind to know that if you are going to put anything into your body, whether it is your breakfast or a late-night treat, you have to drink 8 ounces of water first. This provides multiple benefits. First, it, of course, reminds you to drink another glass of water. It is also going to help your food digest a little better. Plus, it prevents you from overeating since the water helps to fill you up a little.
Make Your Own Infused or Flavored Water
A common problem people have with drinking water isn't that they don't remember to drink it, but they're just not interested in it. This is when you have some other options. You don't necessarily have to drink plain filtered water all day, every day. There are many ways to add flavor to your water and make it more interesting, without piling on the sugar and calories. The simple method if you are short on time and want a super quick way to add flavor to your water, go with the lemon water. All you need to do is add a few lemon wedges into your water, squeezing in the juice first, then putting the wedges in it. Lemons have a lot of tart juice, so this will flavor your water quickly and easily. You can also try a mixture of lemon and lime, or use other juicy fruits like grapefruit. Make fruit or vegetable infused water when you are willing to spend more time on your water; you can use other fruits, vegetables, and even herbs to flavor this water. This is called infused water since it is a longer infusing process. You aren't just flavoring your water with these ingredients but adding more nutrients from the produce and herbs. To make infused water, you should have a glass pitcher and access to filtered water preferably. Prepare your fruits, veggies, and herbs depending on what they are. Berries should be sliced so that you can access the juice inside, fruits with hard skin should be peeled, first. Veggies should also be peeled and chopped. Muddle your herbs to release the oils and flavors. Add the ingredients to the bottom of the pitcher, cover with ice, then add your water. Let it sit in the refrigerator for as long as you can before drinking it, which really allows those flavors and nutrients to come through.
Choose a Cup You Love to Use
Do you want to encourage yourself to drink more water? It's all in the cup! This is so true for me, I love pretty cups and bottles 😁. If you use boring water bottles you don't like, then you probably won't drink as much water as you should. A good way to have fun with your water and remember to bring the bottle everywhere with you is to choose a water bottle that works best for you. This might mean the overall look and color of it or the ease of holding onto it while walking. There are so many small details in a water bottle that determine if it's a good fit or not. For example, if you drive a lot, you want it to fit perfectly in your cup holder. On the other hand, if you bike for exercise, you may want it to have a tight lid, but one that is easy to pop off when drinking while riding. Try out a few different cups until you feel like you have found the one that is perfect for you.
Have Mineral Water instead of soft drink or a juice, or when dining out.
While drinking filtered water is great for you, you still need many traced minerals to stay truly hydrated. Mineral water in a glass bottle is a great choice! I often drink Perrier or San Pellegrino with a slice of lemon while dining out. If you're trying to cut down on alcohol, ask the server to bring you a wine glass with it, so you can still cheer with your friends and not feel excluded 😁.
I would also add that I do not drink tap water, water from a plastic bottle, or ice cubes in the restaurant (it is made from tap water!) . Why? Because I feel like it can do more harm than good. Plastic bottles are not only bad for our environment that I feel fully responsible for keeping it clean for my children's future but also, water in it is not as clean as you think it is. While traveling to your local grocery stores under the heat it becomes contaminated with plastic, and that's the last thing I want to put more in my body while doing opposite, detoxing.
Tap water, on the other hand, is contaminated with Fluoride, Chlorine, Pharmaceutical drugs ( yep, next time when you flash those drugs into the toilet think where it will end up being), radioactive contaminants and more.
Please note that this is based on my own research, if you would like to know more about tap water in your area and if it is safe to consume do your research.
Invest in good filters for your home, or bottle fillers, those are great when traveling. Buy only glass bottled water, and make sure to recycle it after!