Smoothies can be packed with protein; pre-, mid-, and post-workout drinks can help you fuel your workout; teas can soothe or energize — all of these beverages have a functional purpose to meet specific wellness desire. And then there’s a less obvious, simple, blender-free drink that may be overlooked in your drink arsenal. Providing more than just hydration, fresh lemon juice and water can have benefits. Here are 5 reasons why you may want to drink lemon water:
1. To Make Drinking Water More Enjoyable
We tend to reach for warm beverages in the morning like coffee and tea, but try starting your day with some warm lemon water first. Simply squeeze ½ to 1 fresh lemon per large glass of warm water and sip throughout the day. Fresh lemons take plain old water up a notch, and you may find it easier to drink enough water to help stay hydrated when you actually enjoy the taste of it. You may consider drinking it through a straw to help protect your teeth.
2. For an Excellent Source of Vitamin C
While you may think of it as just flavoring, the juice of one whole lemon has 30% DV for antioxidant vitamin C. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant. Last, but certainly not least, vitamin C can help your body absorb plant-based non-heme iron.National Institute of Health. (2016) Vitamin C Fact Sheet for Health Professionals. Accessed on 8/16/16 from: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/ Let’s hear it for the vitamin C in lemon juice!
3. As a Low Calorie Drink
A cup of warm water with the juice of one lemon only has 11 calories. Flavor without a ton of calories—something we can definitely get behind.
4. As a Soothing Way to Start Your Day
Starting your day with a consistent routine, like sitting down to a cup of warm water with lemon juice can be a positive way to start your day. Enjoy a minute of time to yourself before your day starts to get away from you.
5. For an Ayurvedic Ritual
Starting every morning with a glass of warm lemon water is actually a ritual in Ayurveda or Yogic traditions. Doesn’t that sound like a relaxing way to start your day?
Why do you drink lemon water?