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Why you should drink lemon in the morning

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Lemon acts as a cleanser for the body.

Lemon acts as a cleanser for the body.  

By Betty Ndagire

Posted  Monday, July 21   2014 at  01:00

There are several benefits of drinking lemon water early in the morning, right after waking up. However, not many people are aware of these benefits, which include helping kick-start the digestion process of the day. Lemon is also known for their strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral, immune-boosting and body cleansing ingredients.

Jamiru Mpiima, a nutritionist at Family Nutritionist Uganda, says as a citrus fruit, lemon is rich in Vitamin C and carries special sensational taste due to the presence of citric acid.
“Other important elements in lemon are Vitamin B, riboflavin, calcium, magnesium, and a large amount of carbohydrates as well as proteins,” he says.

Mpiima explains that when lemon water is taken regularly, it gives the body many benefits over a long period of time.

For instance, he says drinking lemon water each morning helps to cleanse the liver. The acidity in lemon produces bile juice, which helps break down food easily. It also helps the liver ease digestion throughout the day.

Mpiima says the Vitamin C found in lemon also helps to boost the immune system, and is effective in healing wounds.

Other known benefits of drinking warm lemon water or juice in the morning include, helping prevent common colds and flu, removing blackheads on the skin and other forms of acne, burning fat faster leading to weight loss for people who want to do so, and raise the rate of urination in the body thus forcing out all unwanted toxins at a faster rate.
Here are other known benefits of lemon:
•Lowers high blood pressure
•Cures throat infections
•Helps reduce symptoms of fever
•Aid quick recovery from respiratory disorders
•Cleanses hair follicles

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