6. Fresher breath

There is a reason that lemon is a common scent in all manner of cleaning products. It helps to neutralize odors. The same principle applies when you need to abolish bad breath from lingering foods like onions, garlic, blue cheese, or fish.

Lemon also stimulates saliva production. That’s important because a dry mouth smells worse due to excess bacterial growth. Think about your morning breath and you’ll know what we mean.

7. No kidney stones

Kidney stones are basically calcium deposits, and experts recommend getting more citric acid to reduce the risk of developing them. As a citrus fruit, lemon is a great source of citric acid. More water is also important to keeping your kidneys healthy, so the combo here is a good bet for people who are prone to stones.

Drinking just ½ cup of lemon juice over the course of a day will net you the same amount of citric acid as in prescription medications for people with kidney stones.

8. Stabilized moods

Studies have found that smelling lemon scent reduces stress hormones that regulate mood. Lemon oil is commonly used in aromatherapy products for that reason. Drinking lemon offers this benefit as well as the vitamins and potassium in the fruit.

Potassium plays a huge part in regulating blood pressure, and high blood pressure is related to stress, so not getting enough potassium can certainly affect your mood. All in all, lemon water can be a soothing beverage.

9. Balanced pH

It is healthier to have an alkaline environment inside our bodies because diseases like cancer prefer an acidic one. It sounds counterintuitive because lemons are so acidic, but eating them can actually help achieve the right alkaline-leaning pH balance in our digestive systems. The reason is that citric acid, once metabolized, produces alkalizing byproducts.

Note that eating alkaline foods does not necessarily affect the pH balance in our blood, but mostly in our urine. The kidneys do the work to manage pH in the bloodstream. Still, bladder health is important! Ask anyone who’s ever had a urinary tract infection, or even worse, bladder cancer.

In the end, drinking water is never a bad call, and there is absolutely no reason not to add lemon to it (unless you’re allergic). Drinking lemon water provides some helpful nutrients and antioxidants along with crucial hydration. And just because the evidence for the health benefits is largely anecdotal, that doesn’t mean it’s not true. It just means that the issue hasn’t been officially studied enough.

Drinking lemon water, especially in the morning, has been an Ayurvedic practice for thousands of years. Ayurveda is a sort of natural health care, largely practiced in India, focused on balancing energies to avoid illness. Whether or not the idea of holistic medicine appeals to you, rest assured that though drinking lemon water is kind of a trend right now, it is anything but a flash in the pan. Give it a try! There is nothing to lose.

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