NUTRITION

Can Drinking Lemon Water throughout the Day Improve Your Immunity?

Lemon contains vitamin C that helps build your immunity

Drinking lemon water in the morning improves immunity and digestion

For maximum lemon benefits, consume the skin, flesh and juice

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Dr. Sonal Kothari
June 18th, 2021
6 mins read

Lemon is a citrus fruit found widely in India. While it is usually used to add a tang to dishes, did you know that lemon benefits your body in several ways? The pulp of a lemon, its juice and peel are all helpful to the human body. Mostly made up of water, lemon’s health benefits come from its rich content of vitamin C, vitamin B6, pectin and potassium.

One of the most popular ways of consuming lemons is by drinking lemon water. However, does drinking warm water with lemon truly benefit your immunity? Read on to find out.

Lemon water and immunity

Free radicals can cause oxidative stress and negatively impact your immune system. One of the benefits of drinking lemon water is that the vitamin C in it neutralises free radicals and boosts immunity. It also gives you immunity support by encouraging white blood cell activity. In a nutshell, there’s no reason to be wary of this concoction. Drinking water infused with lemon juice benefits your body’s illness-fighting mechanism!

Additional Read: Fruits and Vegetables Rich in Vitamin C

Dos and don’ts of consuming lemon water

To ensure that lemon benefits your health, it’s not enough to simply drink hot lemon water. Take a look at the basic dos and don’ts to keep in mind.

Drink lemon water in the morning

The benefits of lemon water in the morning are many. Not only does the drink boost your immunity, it also jump starts your digestive system and prevents constipation. It freshens your breath naturally too. It is believed that drinking hot lemon water on an empty stomach allows your body to absorb the nutrients present in lemons better.

Drink lemon water all through the day

While drinking lemon water in the morning gives you a boost, don’t think that you can’t sip on this beverage all day. It’s an easy way to stay hydrated while giving your body the nutrients it needs.

Don’t consume lemon water in excess

Since the benefits of hot lemon water are plenty, you may be tempted to replace water with lemon water. However, the citric acid present in lemons can erode tooth enamel. So, ensure that your total consumption of lemon juice is no more than 4 tablespoons a day.

Don’t consume lemon water if you have sores

If you have sores, ulcers or boils in your mouth, refrain from drinking lemon water until they are completely healed. This is because the lemon juice can cause irritation.

lemon water benefits

Other ways in which lemon benefits your health

Drinking lemon water is definitely a great way to enhance your body’s immunity, but do you know of the other ways in which lemon juice benefits your health? Keep reading to find out.

Prevents kidney stones

Studies suggest that the citric acid present in lemons may prevent the formation of kidney stones. The reason for this is that citric acid increases the volume of urine, as well as the urine’s pH. Both these changes create an unfavourable environment for stone formation.

Improves digestion

Lemons are rich in pectin, a soluble fibre that improves gut health and aids in digestion. Moreover, it slows down the rate at which sugars and starches are digested by your body, which results in lower blood sugar levels too. However, to get the benefits of pectin, consume lemon flesh and not just the juice, as it is the flesh that contains the fibre.

Lowers risk of stroke

Studies indicate that the flavonoids in citrus fruits such as lemons bring down the risk of ischemic strokes in women. This is one of the most common types of stroke and occurs when a blood clot disrupts blood supply to the brain.

Reduces risk of cancer

Two plant compounds present in lemons, hesperidin and d-limonene, are valuable for your body. Studies have shown that they reduce the risk of several types of cancer, including breast cancer. Moreover, other studies have found that those who eat citrus fruits such as lemons regularly, are at lower risk of contracting cancer. However, more human studies need to be conducted to determine lemon’s efficacy in preventing cancer.

Improves skin quality

Collagen is responsible for keep your skin plump and maintaining its elasticity. When collagen is lacking, your skin sags and you will notice fine lines too. Your body needs adequate amounts of vitamin C to maintain collagen levels, which lemons provide in good quantities.

Ways to add lemon to your diet

Take a look at 3 ways in which you can add this ingredient to your diet to get maximum lemon benefits.

  • Should you find plain lemon water unpalatable, drink lemonade sweetened with honey or jaggery instead.
  • Add lemon juice to salad dressings to make them refreshing and even more nutritious.
  • Consider eating lemons to get the most from the skin, flesh and juice. Add sliced lemons to sauces and bakes or eat a spoonful of lemon pickle.

While lemons boost your immunity and help you recover from the flu, consuming too much can worsen certain conditions such as heartburn. So, consult with a doctor to understand how you should eat lemons for their health benefits and in what quantity.

Get all your answers from the best doctors on Bajaj Finserv Health. Here you can book an online or in-person appointment with experienced doctors, and get access to special perks such as discounts and offers. So, should you have any queries about how to make the most of this citrus fruit, consult a doctor from the comfort of your home!

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