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Drinking Lemon Water To Improve Digestion and Detoxification

drinking lemon water digestion and detoxification

You’ve probably heard that drinking lemon water every morning is beneficial to your health. It’s not a new idea, but I’m a fan of asking WHY. Why is drinking lemon water good for you?

There are easily a dozen different benefits of drinking lemon water, but the two I feel are most important are its aid in both digestion and detoxification.

In western society, most people have some sort of gut dysfunction (hello acid reflux, bloating, anxiety and food intolerances) and were surrounded by so many toxins that it’s nearly impossible for our liver and kidneys to keep up. The majority of people I work with have imbalances in both of these systems, which isn’t really a surprise considering they both have important roles in maintaining your health.

I recently starting drinking lemon water every morning and within a few days I noticed an increase in energy and less GI symptoms.

How Drinking Lemon Water Improves Digestion

  • Lemon water contains citric acid, which stimulates the production of digestion enzymes and helps you break down your food
  • Encourages the production of bile, which helps transport the food through your digestive tract*
  • If you include lemon zest, you’ll also get some pectin, a fiber that is beneficial for colon health
  • Lemon water has been shown to east an upset stomach and reduce heart burn

*Warming your lemon water has been proven to increase these benefits.

How Drinking Lemon Water Supports Detoxification

  • Helps your liver produce more enzymes, which are used to transport toxins in the liver
  • Aids your liver in releasing toxins, helping to prevent a congested liver
  • It makes your water taste better, which can increase your hydration status. This is an important part of the detoxification proces

Other benefits of drinking lemon water include boosting your immune system, helps fight hunger, reduces inflammation in the body, helps clear up acne and provides the body with both antioxidants and Vitamin C.

One possible side effect of drinking lemon water is that it can erode your tooth enamal. In order to help prevent this, you should rinse your mouth thoroughly and brush your teeth after drinking the lemon water. You can also rinse with baking soda to help neutralize the acid.

This article was provided for general information and discussion. It should not be treated as a substitute for medical advice. I am not a doctor and this is not meant to be medical advice. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet. 

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