These days, there seems to be a pill for everything. Is it convenient? Definitely. Is it good for you? Well, not always. Every pill comes with possible side effects. One problem can suddenly turn into five.
Enter lemon water. As a simple drink, it will be the answer to your health issues. This combination is also super cheap. No prescription needed here.
Take a look at these seven problems. If any of these sound familiar, give lemon water a shot.
1. Upset Stomach
From nausea to vomiting, tummy troubles are annoying. But lemon can save the day! You might have even grown up learning that sucking on a lemon wedge is a popular home remedy.
In hot water, lemon is easier to stomach. It’ll calm things down. Plus, the acidity of lemon can soothe inflammation, making it useful for ulcer protection.1
2. Weight Gain
Trying to shed a few pounds? Make a glass of lemon water. This will suppress your appetite, making it easier to lose weight.
It’s all thanks to hesperidin – a compound found in citrus fruits. Hesperidin slows down the secretion of an appetite-promoting hormone called ghrelin. When you have less ghrelin, you’ll be less hungry.2
3. Cold And Flu
If you’re feeling under the weather, ditch the NyQuil. Drink lemon water instead. It’ll treat your body to vitamin C – a nutrient that strengthens your immune system. It can even shorten the duration of a cold!3
One large lemon has 44.5 mg.4 In water, it’ll double as a cold-fighting beverage. Regularly drinking lemon water may prevent colds, to begin with.
4. Pre-Diabetes And Diabetes
Diabetes management depends on healthy eating. This is true whether you have type-1 or type-2. And if you’re pre-diabetic? It’s the same deal. The ultimate goal is to control high blood glucose to prevent complications.
Lemon water will help. Hesperidin can lower liver glucose production while improving insulin sensitivity. It’ll even bind to starch, helping improve hyperglycemia.5 By drinking lemon water, you can avoid pricey pills.
5. Brain Decline
If you’re worried about mental decline, drink lemon water. It’s as good as medication.
A study in Food Chemistry found that lemon juice inhibits cholinesterase – an enzyme that breaks down neurotransmitters. Drugs that treat Alzheimer’s symptoms are designed to do the same thing.6 But with lemon juice and water, you can do it naturally.
6. Weak Bones
Bone problems become more common with age. In fact, by 2020, it’s estimated that 1 in 2 Americans over 50 years old will be at a risk for osteoporosis.7 And while dairy seems like the obvious remedy, lemon water can actually help.
According to the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, hesperidin protects against bone loss after menopause. It slows down bone breakdown, so minerals don’t get absorbed by the blood. At the same time, hesperidin promotes bone formation and protects from inflammation.8
You can take blood pressure medication. However, lemon contains potassium – a mineral that’s linked to low blood pressure.11 So, instead of taking pills, sip on lemon water.
Lemon water is easy to prep. Just add one tablespoon of fresh or store-bought lemon juice to one cup of cold or hot water. You can use more or less, depending on your taste buds. Sweeten it up with a spoon of honey.
|↑1||Bigoniya, Papiya, and Kailash Singh. “Ulcer protective potential of standardized hesperidin, a citrus flavonoid isolated from Citrus sinensis.” Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia 24, no. 3 (2014): 330-340.|
|↑2||Suzuki, Hajime, Akihiro Asakawa, Namiko Kawamura, Takakazu Yagi, and Akio Inui. “Hesperidin potentiates ghrelin signaling.” Recent patents on food, nutrition & agriculture 6, no. 1 (2014): 60-63.|
|↑3||Vitamin C. Oregon State University.|
|↑4||Basic Report: 09150, Lemons, raw, without peel. United States Department of Agriculture.|
|↑5||Lv, Xinmiao, Siyu Zhao, Zhangchi Ning, Honglian Zeng, Yisong Shu, Ou Tao, Cheng Xiao, Cheng Lu, and Yuanyan Liu. “Citrus fruits as a treasure trove of active natural metabolites that potentially provide benefits for human health.” Chemistry Central Journal 9, no. 1 (2015): 68.|
|↑6||Gironés-Vilaplana, Amadeo, Patrícia Valentão, Paula B. Andrade, Federico Ferreres, Diego A. Moreno, and Cristina García-Viguera. “Phytochemical profile of a blend of black chokeberry and lemon juice with cholinesterase inhibitory effect and antioxidant potential.” Food chemistry 134, no. 4 (2012): 2090-2096.|
|↑7||Stepnick, L. S. “The frequency of bone disease.” Bone health and osteoporosis: a report of the surgeon general (2004): 68-87.|
|↑8||Sacco, Sandra Maria, Marie‐Noëlle Horcajada, and Elizabeth Offord. “Phytonutrients for bone health during ageing.” British journal of clinical pharmacology 75, no. 3 (2013): 697-707.|
|↑9||High Blood Pressure Fact Sheet. Centers for Disease Control Prevention.|
|↑10||What are the Symptoms of High Blood Pressure? American Heart Association.|
|↑11||Potassium. Oregon State University.|