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Lemon water, the remedy with a thousand benefits

October 11, 2023
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Lemon water, the remedy with a thousand benefits

Protects the liver, supports digestion, counteracts stomach acidity, supplies vitamins and minerals, helps keep blood pressure under control, the combination with ginger creates a precious synergy. In the article we will look into the healthy properties, recipes and warnings of this drink

Lemon water is one of the best-known remedies. A glass of warm water and lemon juice, drunk in the morning on an empty stomach before breakfast, is a wonderful way to start the day. But why is this statement true? Let's try to find out by discussing the results of the most interesting scientific studies.

Then, we will also see that lemon can be taken in the form of an infusion, with precious health properties.

Lemon water, properties

A glass of warm water to which lemon juice has been added is the ideal drink to start the day, as mentioned in the introduction. As the experts at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center say, in fact, this drink allows you to fill up on vitamin C, which stimulates the immune system, on folate, but also on calcium and potassium, useful for the functionality of muscles, nerves, heart and blood vessels. Not only that, lemon water helps digestion and counteracts the formation of stones [5].

Lemon water against stomach acidity

Although the opposite may seem true, diluting lemon juice in a glass of hot water and adding a teaspoon of honey helps in case of hyperacidity of the stomach with nausea, pain and heartburn, heaviness after meals and belching. Significant improvements in all these symptoms were observed already after two weeks of intake [1].

Lemon water for blood pressure

Lemon water helps keep blood pressure under control. This property can be traced back to the antioxidant content of the drink, especially eriocitrin and hesperidin [2].

Lemon water for the liver

The drink helps the liver thanks to its high antioxidant content. Studies have shown that lemon juice counteracts liver damage induced by toxic substances and alcohol and supports its functionality by stimulating the detoxification and bile secretion processes [3]. However, what has been stated should not lead one to think that it is possible to use lemon water as a remedy for poor food choices. It is always important, in fact, to follow a healthy and varied diet, avoiding excesses, including alcohol.

Lemon and ginger, a powerful synergy

Drinking water to which lemon juice has been added is not the only way to benefit from the important properties of this fruit. For example, lemon infusion is also excellent. And to make this infusion even more powerful it is possible to add ginger, thus creating a particular synergy. In fact, the infusion obtained is capable of modulating the response of the immune system and is anti-tumor, since the substances contained promote apoptosis, which is the death of diseased cells, and inhibit the formation of new blood vessels responsible for nourishment of cellular degeneration [4]. Lemon and ginger tea is available in tea bags, ready to infuse in boiling water, or you can prepare it at home. Get a lemon, preferably organic. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze its juice into a jug. Add the remaining lemon peels to the jug as well. Slice 2 centimeters of fresh ginger and combine with the lemon. Pour 2 cups of boiling water and let stand for 10 minutes, then filter and drink.

Lemon water, how to prepare it and warnings

There is no single recipe for preparing lemon water and however it is done it is always correct. Simply, take a glass of warm water and add the juice of a quarter, half or a whole lemon, according to your taste and needs. As we have seen, it is possible to add a little honey if you like. Do not exaggerate with the quantity as taking too much lemon can cause a weakening of tooth enamel, as well as a worsening of stomach acidity in predisposed people [5][6]. Finally, wash the lemon very well before using it, to avoid bacterial contamination.

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