While there are many bogus health and diet trends out there, warm lemon water is not one of them. In fact, drinking warm lemon water daily offers a variety of health benefits and can do wonders for your body. But, what makes lemon water so special?

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Not only can lemon water quench your morning thirst, but also it’s packed with a variety of vital vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin B complex vitamins, calcium, potassium, fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and bioflavonoids. With these powerful ingredients, lemon water can boost your immune system, cleanse your body, improve digestion, aid weight loss and reduce inflammation. Lemon’s anti-oxidant properties can help you fight off pain and illnesses, such as sore throats, muscle and joint pain, and tonsil inflammation.

Plus, these healthy ingredients give your body the energy it needs to kick start your day, and the vitamin C, potassium and magnesium help ease stress, anxiety and depression to put you in a happier, more relaxed state of mind. The antioxidants in lemon juice also provide several benefits for your skin. You can experience fewer blemishes and even wrinkles.

Ready to try it? Squeeze about ½ of a lemon in a glass of 8 to 12 ounces of lukewarm water. Why warm water? Your body best absorbs water at that temperature. Stick to warm water in the morning; but, if you want to drink lemon water during the day as an alternative to a sugar-sweetened beverage, then cold water will do just fine. If the lemon is too strong, then dilute it with more water.

Drink your lemon water first thing in the morning, and then wait 15 to 30 minutes before eating breakfast. This will allow your body to absorb all its nutrients and reap its full benefits.

The downside to lemon water, however, is that the acidity can break down tooth enamel. To maintain healthy teeth, be sure to brush and rinse after finishing your lemon water.

How has a daily dose of warm lemon water benefited you? Let us know in the comments below!

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