Water is particularly important when you’re trying to achieve a healthy weight loss, as it improves the digestive system so that fats are eliminated from the body more efficiently. In effect, drinking water helps to flush your system out. It also reduces fluid retention and decreases the appetite. In fact, people often mistake thirst for hunger, so if you feel like a snack, try first drinking a glass of water. Very often, this satisfies the craving and stops you reaching for calories you don’t need.

Add lemon to the mix and you’ve added a whole new range of health benefits.

Here are 7 brilliant benefits of drinking lemon water

1. Digestion:
Drinking this simple yet stimulating beverage wakes up your gastrointestinal tract, which increases your body’s ability absorb nutrients all day long while also keeping heartburn and indigestion at bay.

2. Supports healthy weight loss:
The juice found in a lemon contains pectin. Pectin is a soluble fibre which has been proved to aid in weight-loss as it helps to fight hunger cravings. Also by swapping your regular cup of tea / coffee which has milk and sugar in it with a cup of warm lemon water you will instantly by slashing your daily calorie intake.

3. Promotes good skin.
The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too! It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.

4. Boosts your immune system
Thanks to the high level of vitamin C in lemons, experts suggest increasing your intake of this vitamin if you are feeling run down or have had a particularly stressful day.

5. Helps fight viral infections
Along with boosting your immune system, warm lemon water is also known to be one of the most effective, natural ways to diminish viral infections and sore throats.

6. Lifts your mood and increases energy
Sipping on hot lemon water when you rise won’t cause your energy levels to plummet mid-morning like they do when you drink caffeine first thing in the morning. Lemon water helps you feel cleansed and refreshed and more awake throughout your day. Studies have revealed that the scent of lemon can provide a sense of calm to your nervous system which can aid in reducing some anxiety and depression symptoms.

7. Flush out toxins
It helps to flush out toxins in your body by stimulating your liver and boosting the function of your enzymes.

We recommend squeezing the juice of half a lemon into hot water and consuming it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Drink up and reap the amazing health benefits!

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Blog Post by Michael O'Brien