So a lot of you were commenting and asking about lemon water after my last post. This made me want to share something separate to explain the benefits of drinking lemon water daily.
I have done some research that is based on scientific studies and I will link some of the pages I visited so you guys can learn even more!
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My Chia Seed and Lemon Water Recipe
Before I get into the benefits, I want to share a super healthy and delicious recipe! Chia seeds are very high in fiber and packed full of vitamins. Mixing them into my lemon water (and sometimes sweetening with honey) creates a great daily drink.
You Will Need:
1 cup of water
1tbsp Chia seeds – I use THESE
1/2 lemon, squeezed.
(Try a Lemon Squeezer to get more out of it.)
Honey to taste
Mix the ingredients together in a glass and allow the chia seeds to absorb for about 10mins. You will need to stir occasionally because they will settle on the bottom. Enjoy!
The Benefits of Lemon Water
1 Weight Loss/ Weight Gain Prevention
I think it is important to note the prevention part of drinking lemon water regularly. The flavanones in lemons have lipid-lowering properties, which help prevent fatty buildup.
I mentioned the study on mice in my last post. Scientists fed a group of mice fattening food and the ones that were given lemon water showed significantly less weight gain and underlying health problems associated with obesity.
There have not been many studies with human weight gain, but we do know that key nutrients in lemons aid in digestion and detoxing the body. You can learn more from this article!
2 Promotes Heart Health
I mentioned Flavanones in the previous section. These compounds have antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, and many more properties. This means they work well in preventing heart disease and even lowering cholesterol.
The fiber found in citrus is also good for your heart, so there are even benefits to the pulp!
Read this post from Healthline and see the studies attached if you want more info.
3 Healthy and Clear Skin
Lemons are very rich in Vitamin C, which reduces wrinkles and other impurities in the skin.
Also, did you know that your liver health is related to your skin complexion? See the next section for details!
Another mouse study! In 2016, scientists tested hairless mice to see the effects of lemon water and wrinkles. They concluded that the intake of lemon water reduces the risk of wrinkles and premature aging changes to the skin.
Hydration is very important to promote skin health. Hydrated skin has a decreased risk of developing stretch marks, acne, and wrinkles.
4 Detoxes the Liver
The antioxidant properties in lemons stimulate the liver to flush out toxins from the body and regenerate.
Think of your liver as your AC filter – if it is dirty, the quality of air circulating the house is effected. Don’t let that happen to your body!
Liver health is related to skin health. Why? Because if the liver is not breaking down toxins, your body still tries to get rid of them and they end up leaving through the skin. This causes Acne, Dermatitis, Dark Spots, Premature Wrinkles, etc.
This Article has a lot more info about liver benefits!
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