Today’s health tip: Benefits of Lemon water

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Citrus fruits like lemons are high in vitamin C, a primary antioxidant that helps protect cells from damaging free radicals. 

Vitamin C may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and lower blood pressure.

The polyphenol antioxidants found in lemons significantly reduces weight gain in mice that are overfed in order to induce obesity.

Antioxidant compounds also offset the negative effects on blood glucose levels and improved insulin resistance, the two main factors in the development of type 2 diabetes.

Some people drink lemon water as a daily morning laxative to help prevent constipation. Drinking warm or hot lemon water when you wake up may help get your digestive system moving.

You might avoid bad breath by drinking a glass of lemon water after meals and first thing in the morning. Lemon is thought to stimulate saliva and water also helps prevent a dry mouth, which can lead to bad breath caused by bacteria.

The citric acid in lemons may help prevent kidney stones. Citrate, a component of citric acid, paradoxically makes urine less acidic and may even break up small stones. Drinking lemon water not only gets you citrate, but also the water you need to help prevent or flush out stones.

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