Pumpkin Spice and Lemon-Aid September 12 2016, 0 Comments

The season of pumpkins and apple cider has finally arrived, but that doesn’t mean you should shed your stock of summer fruits. When added to water, these citrus delights can help you fight fall allergies, freshen up after family feasts, and reach your New Year goals.

Below are just five of the benefits lemon water can give to you: 

Weight Loss

To begin with the obvious, lemon water, unlike lemonade or other lemon-flavored soft drinks, has no sugar or calories when consumed straight. Better yet, it carries the hydrating benefits of plain water, while allowing you to feel fuller and taste something zestier than plain H2O.

On a more specific level, the acids in lemon juice act as natural stimulants of saliva and gastric juices, which helps move things along and prevents your body from absorbing unnecessary fats. The fresh-squeezed taste does indeed benefit your colon, but you should consume in moderation: too much lemon juice can aggravate acid reflux or cause sour stomach, especially if you have a sensitive bowel system.

Less Mucous

Fall means the beginning of cold and allergy season, as well as the start of expensive mucous-fighting methods hitting the shelves. To avoid wasting cash on something that could be caustic to your respiratory system, invest in some lemons instead.

While it may not smell as strong as mint or Echinacea, lemon juice is loaded with antioxidants that can fight colds, or prevent them from becoming worse. Mixed with honey, it creates a mucous-fighting barrier that coats the throat and keeps you breathing easy even in your stuffiest times.

More Liver Enzymes

With the holidays drawing near, everyone seems eager to try the latest detox trick. The majority of these regimes call for expensive juicers or a radical diet shift, none of which compare to what the liver can do on its own.

Yes, the liver itself is a magnificent organ, but you have to maintain it to keep it in working order. This is where lemon water comes in: a fiber present in lemon rinds, d-limonene, has been shown to activate liver enzymes and maximize the detoxification process. In fact, water alone can spare your liver from the potentially damaging effects of other products, like alcohol and medication.

Fresher Breath

You know the situation: Indian food for lunch, and a meeting right afterward. Carrying around a toothbrush isn’t always practical, and chomping on gum is just plain distracting. But still, you need some way to keep your mouth from stinking up the room.

Luckily, lemon water comes to the rescue. In addition to being effective against mucous, the acids in lemon juice can kill the bad breath bacteria in your mouth. Take caution, however, to avoid excess: acidic substances, even natural ones, may erode tooth enamel if consumed too often or in too high concentrations. Nonetheless, whether going to a meeting or polishing off Thanksgiving dinner, you can now speak (and breathe) easy.

Less UTI Pain

Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are bacterial infections that cause immense pain during urination. This pain is caused by the acid in the urine itself, which the body alkalizes in normal situations.

Thankfully, lemon juice can take care of the alkalization while your body recuperates. Although UTIs must be treated with antibiotics, lemon water can ease the pain. In all, it can make your day much less irritating, until you get ahold of a prescription.

Yes, the small price of a lemon can mean big benefits for your body, inside and out. Although research does not suggest that lemon water is the miracle formula for weight loss or detox, it can certainly keep you on track with your healthy lifestyle without being wasteful or breaking the bank.

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