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26.6.14

Why Lemon Water Changed My Life (And How It Could Help You Too)

I've never been a fan of water. The taste (or lack of) just felt so boring, so bland, so pointless that I always struggled to keep up with the recommendation of drinking at least eight glasses a day. A touch of squash or a little cordial would help, as would drinking herbal teas, but I always wanted to get to grips with drinking water in its purest form. A little tip I found while undergoing a bit of a detox, was to add a touch of lemon to water. Adding a slice or two not only makes it taste a lot nicer (aiding my ability to consume it in large amounts,) but provides a multitude of skincare and health benefits. A slice of lemon in hot water is a great way to start your day - not only because it aids digestion, but because it also has natural antibacterial properties. Here are five reasons why I love lemon water and why I now drink it like it's going out of fashion...


1. It gives your immune system a boost. 
Lemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers. They contain many beneficial substances (including citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C) that promote immunity and fight infection, as well as helping to control blood pressure and work as an anti-inflammatory. Having a glass or two of lemon water a day may help to keep those colds at bay.

2. It aids the digestion of your food.
A touch of lemon can help flush out toxins from the body, as well as helping to control bloating and indigestion. It’s composition is similar to saliva and digestive juices, making it a natural 'boosting' product that can keep us feeling healthy inside and out. It even helps to stimulate your bowels, relieving constipation or helping to regulate your poops.

3. It keeps skin looking healthy. 
The vitamin C within lemons is vital for a healthy and glowing complexion, as well as helping to combat fine lines and imperfections. Lemons also help to rid toxins from the body and kill bacteria, making them the perfect acne-fighting food. All in all they can seriously help to keep skin looking healthy and youthful when their juices are consumed regularly.

4. It provides an energy boost. 
Lemons have a unique alkaline structure that works with your digestive system to provide a little boost of energy when it enters. Not only that, but the juice can provide uplifting mood benefits too - the refreshing taste can help to invigorate the senses and awaken the mind. So much greatness from a little yellow fruit!

5. It aids weight loss or weight control. 
High in pectin fibre, which helps to fight hunger cravings, lemon water can actually help you lose weight faster. Lemon helps to keep those pesky hunger pangs at bay, as well as setting you off on the right foot first thing in the morning. You feel cleaner and healthier, so therefore are more reluctant to eat that slice of cake.

Since I've started drinking lemon water every day, I've noticed that the uncomfortable bloating feeling that was so much a part of my life has all but disappeared. My skin is a lot more hydrated and I generally feel much healthier - although I do spend a considerable amount of time in the bathroom! Why not start your day with a cup of hot lemon water and try to add a slice or two throughout the day to a desk-side beaker?
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  1. I start every morning with the juice of half a lemon in water. Agree on all points, it's great for your health!

    Don't forgot to rinse mouth out with water or even milk to help nuetralise the effects of the acid on your teeth.

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    1. So glad i found this post, I am the same iced water is better than normal so possibly iced and lemon is the answer thank you!

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  2. I've been having a glass of warm water with juice of half a lemon squeezed in it first thing every morning and really seeing and feeling the difference :-)

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  3. i love drinking lemon water as well
    but my doctor tell me that if you consume it with empty stomach it will eventually cause a whole in your stomach
    beside lemon will destroy your teeth too
    so try drinking lemon water with straw and drink it after meal =)

    http://www.ryokogurl.com/

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    1. I'm pretty certain lemons can't cause a hole in your stomach! Maybe if you were sucking on multiple a day for years on end, but a little lemon water isn't going to do you any harm.

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  4. Hi

    I've heard this before and have tried it and would wish to have it daily as the benefits are great, but practically as im normally short for time in the morning I want to know, is it ok to have breakfast straight after, especially milk with cereal or porridge? As i think lemon and milk can be a bad combination, causing the milk to curdle in the stomach?............what do you think?

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    1. I have coffee pretty much straight after and it's fine - it's not like you're sucking a whole lemon, it's more subtle. I also have it in a juice flask with a straw to drink on the go!

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  5. I got addicted to drinking lemon water in the spring and even bought a dedication bottle with a built in filter to prevent drinking pips and bits of lemon (which I found too bitter and not very tasty). I stoped while I was on holiday recently but will start again once I stock up on lemons over the weekend.
    You can really notice the difference it makes, even after a few days, and I swear drinking lemon water helped to keep my skin clear :)

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  6. I think I HAVE to try this soon. Does it also work in cold water?

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait drawings)

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  7. So good! When I start my day with a glass of hot lemon water I can definitely notice a difference in my energy and hydration!

    The Sunday Chapter
    xx

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  8. Can you drink this with cold water

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  9. I love lemon water! Its so subtle yet tasty! xx

    BerrieBlogs {beauty and lifestyle blog}

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  10. I'm actually a fan of water, I'm one of the weird ones that doesn't mind drinking it! However this sounds lovely! When you are in America they have different waters in the receptions, I've had watermelon water and cucumber water (although they probably don't have the health benefits, they taste amazing) so this sounds right up my street!

    Stephanie
    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/
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    xxxx

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  12. I've recently started doing this too and have found it makes me feel a bit healthier in general, I've not been doing it long enough to see huge changes but I'm sure I will over time. Still a really helpful post though!

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    xx

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  13. Would you get the same benefits from having lemons with cold water as well. I can't face hot drinks first thing in the morning and I think it would be delicious and refreshing on a hot summers day... if we ever get one :)
    x

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    1. Yes definitely - I drink it all day, every day hot and cold.

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  14. Add a few slices of cucumber to your water to get a great taste dimension to it too.

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  15. Most mornings I have warm water with the juice of about 1/2 a lemon, my skin is clear and it definitely helps digestion. During the winter, I'll sometimes have it at night too when I want something warm to drink ~ curbs sugar cravings too!

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  16. Lemon water is lush, try a bit of natural lime is you ever get bored of it (or even ginger as it has vitamin C!) xo

    Aliona | fromalionawithlove.com

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  17. very cool. would using graprefruit or orange deminish the benefits? i like them better than lemon.

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  18. I have started doing this, such a good post!!

    http://gems-wonderland.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. I've heard so much about drinking lemon water and after this post and all these comments I think I'll give it a go!!

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  20. Just started doing this after I saw this post and even though its only been a few days I'm definitely starting to feel better for it! xx

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  21. I've been keeping a job of iced water with lemon in the fridge and making sure I get through it during the day - cool, refreshing and good for you! I also add a bit of mint, and a few slices of cucumber.
    Kat x
    londonkat.com

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  22. Delighted to read this blog; as a colon hydro therapist its one of my stand by pieces of after care advice to clients. Many folk have too much of an acidic system , and lemon water is one of the best ( and easiest ways of alkalinising). And lemon water is assuredly less boring than plain water ( although in my biased opinion , plain water tastes just great!)

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    1. Anonymous5.8.14

      Julia this is interesting - I assumed that lemon water would make me feel worse (I get really bad acid indigestion) so I've just tried a glass about 2hrs ago.

      Not sure if this is coincidence but the indigestion has gone. Normally I'm scoffing Rennies like sweets :-(

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  23. Robert28.8.16

    I love everything about this post. it started with me waking up one morning after I drunk damn near a whole thing of JimBeam with no appetite for food the previous night. I woke first thing and headed to the store the local Walmart for a case of water otw home I finished two bottles I'm one of those ppl that don't mind the taste of water and actually likes drinking it. by the time I'm back in bed I google "the importance of water" I clicked some reddit looking link and it broke down all these fun facts about water. I read the whole thing took it for what it is. I noticed while I was still googling I immediately felt better. hangover gone. I felt like I could run and never stop. I felt so energetic!! i jus felt good overall. so my next search was "water changed my life" and bam! after a couple links I'm here. I read everyone of u guys comments. this is from 2014. I'm definitely adding lemon from now on whenever I can til then I will still drink more water.

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