Lemons are packed with vitamin C and also contain flavonoids, B vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, potassium and fibers.

What is lemon water?

It’s lukewarm water with squeezed lemon in it. You can determine the ratio yourself. If you've never tried that, start with a tablespoon in 1 glass of water and build it up if your stomach doesn't bother you. My ratio is ½ lemon to 1 glass of water.

Do not use lemon water with medication.

If you use medication, for example for your blood pressure, first drink your lemon water on an empty stomach and take medication at least a half an hour later. Otherwise, lemon water can make your medication ineffective.

All the benefits of lemon at a glance:

Lemon helps detoxify our bodies.

Vitamin C and flavonoids help our bodies to detox themselves. These substances promote the dissolution of kidney- and gallstones, detoxify our livers and cleanse our blood. With their detoxifying effects, Vitamin C and flavonoids support our intestines, liver, kidneys and gallbladder. These organs are responsible for the elimination of waste and toxic substances from our bodies.

Lemon cleanses our intestines and stimulates our digestion.

Lemon juice is a strong disinfectant. It stimulates the functioning of our intestines and promotes regular bowel movements with good intestinal cleansing as a result. Our entire digestive systems are also stimulated, resulting in a less bloated stomachs and fewer problems with heartburn.

Lemon helps prevent rheumatism and gout.

Lemon juice neutralizes uric acid and helps our kidneys and intestines to drain it. Too much uric acid can cause inflammation in the joints.

Lemon keeps our blood pressure normal and our blood vessels healthy.

Because of the large amount of potassium, lemon prevents the sodium-potassium balance in our body from being disturbed. Lemon thereby supports the functioning of our hearts, lowers blood pressure and strengthens blood vessels.

Lemon strengthens our immune system.

Vitamin C stimulates our body to produce white blood cells and thereby strengthens our immune system. Under the influence of lemon our immune system starts immediately to fight pathogens (such as viruses that cause flu and cold). Studies have shown that lemon juice even kills worms in the intestines and destroys some bacteria.

Lemon helps to freshen the breath.

Our oral cavity is the largest source of bacteria that cause bad breath (halitosis). Lemons have a destructive effect on bacteria. That provides a fresh breath.

Lemon slows down the aging process.

The vitamin C in lemons neutralizes free radicals. These are harmful particles that cause aging and various diseases. In addition, lemon zest contains substances that have a beneficial effect on eye and brain disorders. Lemons contain many anticancer substances. They also help if your cells and tissues lack oxygen caused by an iron deficiency, because vitamin C is required for the absorption of iron by the body.

Lemon makes the skin shine.

The daily use of lemon water helps to keep your skin healthy and prevents wrinkles.

Lemon helps to keep blood sugar levels in balance.

Lemons contain a lot of pectin. These dietary fibers help to stabilize blood sugar and increase the feeling of satiety, reducing our (often too large) appetites. 

Lemon helps to maintain or restore the acid-base balance.

The acid-base balance stands for the balance between alkaline and acidifying food. Our modern diet consists largely of foods that are acidifying. These foods cause the acid content in our bodies to rise above the normal level and thereby disturb the balance. When our bodies are acidified, it becomes attractive to pathogenic organisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, yeasts and parasites. That can cause illnesses and inflammation in our bodies.

Although lemons taste acidic, they react and become basic in our bodies. There are few foods that produce so many bases. If you drink a large glass of lemon water every morning, you prevent the balance from being disturbed.

Lemon water as the most fantastic start to the day!

If you have become enthusiastic about all the aforementioned benefits of lemons, you have more than enough reasons to take a large glass of lemon water every day.

If you are not bothered by your stomach, it is best to do it on an empty stomach. That way you ensure the most fantastic start to the day!

What if you have a sensitive stomach?

If you have a sensitive stomach, you can also drink your lemon water later in the day and dilute it extra; for example, squeezing a quarter of a lemon into a large jug of water. Building up slowly is also an alternative. For example, start with a few drops in your glass of water and build it up every day with an extra drop. To soften it even more, you can add pure honey. Then you get less stomach trouble.

Why does lemon water make some people nauseous?

The answer is very simple. At the beginning of this blog I told you that lemons and lemon water promote gallstone dissolution and detoxify the liver. The nausea is a sign that your liver and gallbladder are overloaded. To help them detox quickly, you can use milk thistle in addition to the lemon water. These are herbal capsules that promote liver cleansing. Your nausea will then quickly decrease and disappear.

Tooth enamel.

Lemon water does not affect your tooth enamel. It is therefore not necessary to drink it through a straw. That is unless you add sugar to your lemon water. Sugar feeds the bacteria in the mouth that can affect your tooth enamel. The bacteria break down sugars in our food and form acids that dissolve the hard tooth enamel. Because lemons are acidic in taste, people tend to think they have the same effect, but nothing is less true. Lemons help destroy those bacteria.

One less illusion.

Unfortunately, with only lemons and lemon water will you not achieve all of the health benefits mentioned above! Only in combination with a healthy diet, healthy eating habits and a healthy lifestyle will you achieve the intended result and give lemons the chance to prove their qualities.