Lemon water a tasty way to provide the body its required hydration.
Adequate hydration is necessary to achieve optimum functioning of the body systems.
Drinking lemon water can boost the digestive system by stimulating the natural movement of the gut.
Living within the UK finding fresh water to drink is simple, we just turn on the cold tap. Yet, surprisingly many of us don’t drink the recommended daily intake by the British Nutrition Foundation of 1.6 litres approximately 8 glasses (200mls) a day.
What we must consider is the water content of the food we consume, as this can be up to 20% of our intake.
The amount we drink will vary depending on our age, level of activity, health status, geographical location and climate.
A refreshing start to the day is achieved by drinking 200 mls of cooled freshly boiled water with fresh lemon slices. Drink this before eating breakfast and your potentially improve your digestive system functions.
Why does water and lemon help the digestive system?
Warm water is thought to increase the tightening of the intestines, which improves bowel function.
Other benefits are:
- Aid digestion of food
- Reduce weight as it increases the bodies temperature and therefore increases the metabolic rate
- Decrease muscle pain as the warm water relaxes the muscles
- Can delay skin aging as warm water flushes toxins from the body
Lemon has many nourishing elements:
vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus and protein.
It is used to aid digestion, relieve constipation, ease tooth ache, and reduce weight.