• Lemon water has become a thing in the health and fitness realm with claims of helping to aid weight loss and digestion and providing vitamin C to your diet. Some people have started using lemon water in their daily routines because they say that it helps to wake the body and mind and increase your metabolism.

    Here are some of the benefits of drinking lemon water:

    Lemon Water Freshens Breath

    Just as lemons are great for at-home cleaning with a refreshing scent, lemon water can also aid bad breath. The citric qualities found in a lemon can promote saliva production in your mouth, fighting off the bad breath in the process. Drinking lemon water in the morning or after meals can help eliminate bad breath caused by bacteria and help with dry mouth.

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    Encourages Hydration

    Drinking lemon water is seen as a great way to hydrate yourself and replenish the fluids you lose throughout the day. It’s arguably better than just drinking glasses of water, as you get the added vitamin C and citrate. Lemon water is for those who want a little flavour or don’t like the taste of water on its own. It is a great source of hydration because it’s refreshing, and tastes great.

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    May help prevent kidney Stones

    The citric acid present in lemon juice may help prevent kidney stones. Lemon water may help maintain hydration and flush out potential stones. Since lemon is citrus, and the citrus contains citric, a component of citrus that makes urine less acidic, which in turn helps you break down small kidney stone buildup.

    Improve digestive health

    The soluble fibre in lemons could help improve digestive health. The soluble fibre called pectin can improve gut health and slow the digestion of sugars and starches. The lemon water can help break down food in your body.

    The amount of lemon in your water is up to you, depending on taste and intended health remedies. You should note that the nutritional value of a glass of lemon water depends on how much lemon juice is mixed in, and how many glasses are consumed each day.

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    This article was originally written and published by Chumasande Matiwane for Garden&Home

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