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Well did you know that there is an alternative morning drink that, in addition to waking you up, has a myriad of other health benefits ranging from improving your complexion to keeping your internals healthy?
This mythical “good morning elixir” is not difficult to make, nor is it costly.
In fact, all you need is a lemon and some water!
Warm lemon water is one of the most beneficial morning drinks and if you’re wondering about lemon water and PCOS, know that, as a morning drink, lemon water can be extraordinarily helpful at treating not only the symptoms but the causes.
15 Health Benefits Of Lemon Water
Unlike coffee, lemon juice has no tooth staining chemicals or dehydrating caffeine.
What it does have is a huge amount of nutritional value in a package containing less than 25 calories per glass.
Lemon juice is also a rich source of calcium, potassium, vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, riboflavin, magnesium, and pectin fiber.
This rich cocktail of nutrition can be extraordinarily beneficial not only for relieving PCOS symptoms but for helping women with PCOS to lose weight and thrive in every portion of their lives.
So let’s jump into the top 15 benefits of this fine therapeutic fruit. The benefits of Lemon Water for women with PCOS include:
1. Regulates Your Body’s pH
If you drink lemon water regularly it will put your body into a more alkaline state.
That is, it decreases the acidity of the body.
Due to the food we eat and the things we drink our bodies are usually in a highly acidic state in which pathogens can thrive. The body functions so well in an alkaline state that the alkalizing effects of lemon water can actually decrease your chances of cancer!
2. Reduces Inflammation
Inflammation in your body (and particularly in your joints) can be caused by a build-up of Uric Acid. Lemon water can help break down and remove uric acid which is especially good for good joint pain but help in all areas of inflammation! As you may know, inflammation is one of your biggest enemies if you have PCOS.
3. Aids Digestion
There are many ways in which lemon juice improves our digestion. It starts at the very beginning by aiding in the production of bile and other digestive juices. It can also loosen up and help expel toxins that have built up in your digestive tract. This improved functioning of your digestive system can also relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating, burping, etc.
4. Speeds Up Weight Loss
Because of its detoxifying abilities, Lemon Water can help with weight loss. More importantly, it is a low-impact high yield option to help women with PCOS lost weight. Lemons contain something called Pectin Fiber which can help you fight hunger cravings. Not only will you want to eat less, but when the lemon water has detoxified your liver it can be much more efficient at burning fat.
5. Detoxifies Your System
By enhancing your enzyme function Lemon Water stimulates your liver to detoxify your body at a higher level. Because of its antioxidant-like effects, Lemon water is great both for drinking daily and for cleanses. Pectin Fiber contained in lemons is also a powerful antibacterial that boosts the health of your colon.
6. Improves Complexion
If you have PCOS and want to keep your skin blemish-free, lemon water should be an integral part of your treatment. Lemon water can minimize acne, reduce/prevent wrinkles, purify the blood, and help maintain your skin’s youthful radiance. Direct application of lemon water can also help to fade both scars and age spots!
7. Boosts Your Immune System.
If you’ve never heard of the benefits of Vitamin C, well…never mind. Everyone has heard of its benefits! Lemons are packed with Vitamin C which can help us recover from injuries as well as maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails. When we’re under stress our body’s vitamin C stores are one of the first things to take a dive. Because of this, nearly every expert recommends an increase in our daily intake; Vitamin C really is an amazing all-around vitamin that can boost your overall well-being, and looks.
8. Excellent Source Of Potassium
As already mentioned, lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function.
9. All-Natural Breath Freshener
It also helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis (say wha?). Because citric acid can erode tooth enamel, either hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water or brush your teeth before drinking it. Do not swish with lemon water.
10. Gives You An Energy Boost
Not only does Lemon juice provides your body with energy when it enters your digestive tract, and it also helps reduce anxiety and depression. Apparently, if you’re overly anxious, even smelling a cut lemon can have a calming effect on your nerves!
11. Helps To Cut Out Caffeine
I didn’t believe this until I tried it, but replacing my morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water has really done wonders! I feel refreshed, and no longer have to deal with that pesky afternoon crash. Plus, my nerves are thankful.
12. Helps Fight Viral Infections
Warm lemon water is the most effective way to diminish viral infections and their subsequent sore throats. Plus, with the lemon juice also boosting your immune system, you’ll simultaneously fight off the infection completely.
13. Replenishes Electrolytes And Salts
Lemon juice helps replenish body salts, especially after a strenuous workout session.
14. Boosts Brain Activity
The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells. While I can’t promise you that you’ll turn into any sort of savant it may help you with brain fog and an inability to concentrate.
15. Boosts Recovery Times
The same chemical that boosts your brain activity and replenishes your electrolytes can boost your recovery times! Whether you’re recovering from a workout or a hangover, lemon juice can help re-balance your body!
*Before you leap in and start drinking lemon juice, be aware that because of its acidity, lemon juice can be hard on your tooth enamel. It is important to dilute it well with water (any temperature is fine). I also use a straw, just to be safe.
I can personally attest that lemon water has changed my life for the better! I have more energy, a clearer complexion, and have not gotten sick since I added it to my daily routine!
Lemon Water Recipe
The recipe for making lemon water is exceptionally easy. Read for it?
- Wake up
- Get a glass of room temperature water
- Squeeze lemon into it
Now, to make it even easier, here is a secret: we don’t actually use fresh lemons. It is much more convenient to keep lemon juice on hand. It is cheaper, doesn’t spoil, is less messy and labor-intensive, and has all the same great benefits.
Do be careful and choose a lemon juice that is certified organic and not from concentrate.
You can’t really overdo it when it comes to lemon juice so make it in a way that’s enjoyable for you to drink! If the flavor (or lack of sweetness) is not quite right for you you can also add some ginger and honey.
All in all, lemon juice is incredibly beneficial for everybody, not just those with PCOS. However, if you have PCOS you may just see some remarkable changes to your day-to-day life. Good luck and good health!