A small lifestyle change can have huge implications over a period of time. One small lifestyle change you can make today without any effort is drinking lemon water before bed. Lemon water is extremely rich in Vitamin C. This is the main reason many people indulge themselves with lemon water. Vitamin C imbues its host with a slew of benefits including protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and skin wrinkling.
Benefits of drinking lemon water before bedtime
There are many benefits to drinking a cup of lemon water before bed. Let us look at some of them.
It helps you lose weight – Hot water breaks down fat deposits in the human body resulting in weight loss. It also occupies space in your stomach which makes you feel fuller and stops you from making those midnight trips to the kitchen. Drinking a cup of lemon water is even better because it makes results even more pronounced. This is because lemon has pectin fiber. Pectin fiber plays a part in weight loss by controlling food cravings.
It helps you sweat more – At first, this doesn’t sound like such a good thing; who wants to sweat more, right? Whether you like it or not, sweating is good for you. Sweating helps cleanse the skin cells by removing excess salt and water from the body and its cells. This has the much welcome perk of healthier looking skin.
It makes you feel better if you have a cough/cold – As already mentioned, lemon is rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is great to have more of when you are suffering from a cough/cold. It also stimulates the brain as well as nerve function and helps in controlling blood pressure. This gives your immune system a welcome boost.
It neutralizes acids in the stomach – Cancer grows in acidic environments. Periodically flushing your stomach with lemon water is great for your health and well-being.
It aids in digestion – If you are suffering from constipation and you drink a glass of warm lemon water every night, you will not have any problems with constipation soon. The acids in lemons also help your body process food slower, and your insulin levels will remain at a steady level throughout the night. It also helps your body absorb nutrients better.
It acts as a natural detox – Whether lemon water is diuretic or not is up to debate, however, it does make you use the loo more often. This flushes out unhealthy and unwanted toxins from the urinary tract which keeps it clean.
It will help balance your pH levels – Lemons are incredibly acidic on their own. However, once they enter the body, they become alkaline. Many dieticians will tell you that an alkaline body is a healthy body.
It will help you wake up in a good mood – Negative-charged ions are found in lemons and help increase your energy levels and also make you feel better.
Lemon water nutrition facts
Lemons are high in vitamin C, folate, potassium, flavonoids, and compounds which are known as limonins (Limonins are found in lemon juice).
People with weakened immune systems would do well to drink a cup of lemon water. As already mentioned, vitamin C is found in lemons and is very beneficial in keeping stress levels low.
Vitamin C improves macular degeneration, reduces inflammation, reduces the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
The nutrient breakdown of a single glass of water is as follows –
Sugars: Less than 1 gram.
Vitamin C: 25% of the RDI.
Folate: 1% of the RDI.
Potassium: 1% of the RDI.
Lemon water has powerful antibacterial properties. This helps it ward off infections.
How to make lemon water
Making lemon water is almost as easy as breathing. Follow these steps carefully so that you can enjoy a refreshing glass of lemon water.
You will need –
1/4 cup cold water
1/3 cup boiling water
Squeeze the lemon by using a reamer. If you don’t have one, you can use your hands.
Mix the hot and cold water.
Follow up by mixing the lemon juice with the water.
Finish up by enjoying it while it’s warm. If you don’t like the taste, consider adding honey to it.
While lemon water is considered safe to drink, there are a few side effects you should be aware of. Lemon has a lot of citric acid which can erode tooth enamel. If you’d like to drink lemon water but keep your teeth, consider drinking it by using a straw. Follow up by rinsing your mouth when you’ve drunk it all.
Lemon water is a funny thing when it comes to heartburn. With some people, it stimulates it, and with others, it provides relief because lemons become alkaline within the digestive tract. Stay away from lemon water if it aggravates your heartburn.
It has been reported that lemon water causes people to use the bathroom more frequently. It is commonly referred to as diuretic. Diuretic refers to a substance that increases the production of urine. This is unproven because scientists haven’t found any evidence that vitamin C from lemons has any diuretic effects. The most likely reason for more bathroom breaks after drinking lemon water is increased water intake or more water being in your system.
There are many diets based entirely on lemons with many celebrities swearing entirely by them. Drinking a glass of lemon water each night before bed is a very low effort way of staying healthy and maybe burning a couple of calories on the way. If you’re still skeptical, try it out for a week or two. It’s just a glass of lemon water with no time commitment whatsoever, and it can’t hurt you, so why not just try it.