Managing your nutrition can seem very complicated. There are so many different diets out there, creating sets of rules that can seem to conflict one another.
For example, some nutritionists encourage us to cut out meat, while others promote eating more meat through low carb diets, the paleo diet, and so on. These rules extend to almost everything, including sugar, caffeine, carbs… it’s all very confusing, isn’t it?
There is one constant that is true, no matter which set of dietary rules you choose to follow: Drink more water. Water is necessary for the body’s survival, but plain water can be a little boring. The healthiest solution? Adding fruits to water, such as lemons, adds flavor and nutritious qualities.
Lemon water tastes delicious and it can even help you lose weight, as it’s very low in fat and calories. Lemons can help to increase your metabolic rate, and they contain many vitamins and minerals.
Everyone knows that lemons are high in vitamin C, but did you know that lemons also contain potassium, magnesium, fibre, thiamin, copper, vitamin E and vitamin B6? The more concentrated your lemon water is, the more of the vitamins and minerals you will be consuming each day.
Lemon water is helpful for digestion, so if you have been noticing difficulties, lemon water can be the perfect solution. Water in general will help to decrease abdominal cramps and prevent constipation.
When you add lemons to your water, the acidity and nutrients work with the digestive components inside your stomach, helping to settle the stomach so you can feel good.
Immune system support is another benefit of using lemon water. The high level of vitamin C contained in lemons is very healthy. Vitamin C is water soluble, which means you cannot have too much of it. Your body will absorb as much as it can, and the rest will flush out of your system automatically.
Fresh breath can easily be obtained by drinking a glass of warm lemon water each morning before you start your day. Lemon water can even help to relieve a toothache.
One important point to remember is that you should never brush your teeth within at least half an hour before or after drinking lemon water, as the citric acid contained in lemons can wear away your tooth enamel. You can also drink through a straw to further minimize potential damage to your teeth.
Vitamin C is well known for giving skin a healthy, clear and glowing appearance. As it can boost the natural production of collagen, you may find yourself looking more youthful.
INCREASE YOUR WATER INTAKE
There are a few ways you can increase your water consumption, including by making drinking water more interesting through adding incredible flavours and nutrients, as mentioned above.
Drink a glass of water in morning, before you start your day. Remember, don’t drink water with citrus fruits within at least 1/2 hour of brushing your teeth, to maintain your tooth enamel.
Between meals, drink one or two glasses of water. This will help keep hunger at bay, and if you like to snack, sipping water gives you something to replace snacking with if you are trying to restrict calories.
During meals, ensure you drink at least one glass of water with each meal.
Drinking more water is critical to your health. Lemon water especially has many health benefits and can be a helpful addition to support your overall health. For more support for your health, holistic health coaching is available through The Healing Pendulum.
To read more about lemon water and try making your own, click the image below for my blog post on lemon water recipes.