I hate water. There, I said it. Don't judge me! But I have to drink it because, you know, I heard it's important to be all hydrated and stuff - technical terms, people. I started drinking lemon water a few years ago before I knew there was any sort of benefit from doing so (basically I did it way before it was cool, such a trend setter) quite simply because I liked the taste of it. Anyway, you get where I'm coming from here - you don't need my back story on why I drink water (if you do, I'll be coming out with a best-selling novel next month all about my love hate relationship with h2o). If you don't like water, but still want to drink it, lemon water is your friend, here's why:
It tastes good
First and foremost, lemon water tastes good - way better than that non-tasting water crap. So if something tastes good you're probably going to want to drink it a a lot more. Do I need to talk you through the importance of water?
It helps your skin
Lemons contain antioxidants that help stop environmental damages to the skin, as well as an abundance of vitamin that helps maintain the skins elasticity. Since the water is helping to detoxify your blood it'll also give your skin a more radiant look, too.
It reduces inflammation
If you're a regular guzzler of lemon water over time you'll end up decreasing the acidity in your body. After a while this will help remove uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation. Perfect if you're a gym-goer!
It helps fight illnesses
Lemons contain vitamin C, which is one of the best ways to fight off illnesses and infections and generally boost your immune system. If you're already ill, swap the cold water for warm water for a perfect sore-throat saviour. Add a bit of honey to help soon the throat at the same time.
It freshens breathe
Whilst citric acid has a tendency to erode the enamel on your teeth, drinking lemon water can actually help your teeth and breathe. It helps get rid of any bacteria in your mouth that can make your breathe a little funkay..
It gives you an energy boost
So it might not be quite the same as a shot of coffee in the morning, but lemons are pretty good at giving you a natural energy boost. They're also great at reducing anxiety and depression. Who needs a councillor when you can talk to a lemon about all your problems?
It (can) help you lose weight
Okay, so lemon water alone won't make you lose weight, but lemons themselves actually contain pectin fibre, which helps fight hunger cravings.
It aids digestion
Lemons are the bomb when it comes to helping digestion. How? Let's get science-y. Basically, lemon juice helps to loosen toxins i your digestive tract, which helps get rid of things such as heartburn and bloating. Booya.