MILAN - Each true celebration time has always two sides of the coin: the happy side of relaxation and the worried one of the aftermath. It is known that between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, it is acceptable to bend a few rules, without ever going completely overboard. And if the temptations were stronger than usual, one finds oneself after the celebrations, reckoning with the task of getting back into shape. A simple advice from the Daily Mail is to drink hot water and lemon, precious allies to recover from excess food and drink. Here are the main benefits on the body's health and on personal well-being.
Water and lemon inhibits the synthesis of a few fats in the body, it can reduce the levels of cholesterol in the blood and in the liver, and boost our metabolism.
Immune system protection
Vitamin C strengthens the immune defences, especially in a period such as this, in which flues and colds are frequent.
Lemon contains antioxidants that help the skin against damage caused by free radicals, by sunlight and by toxins present in our body. By increasing the synthesis of collagen in the skin, vitamin C contrasts the ageing process.
It alkalises the body
Lemon juice has an overall alkalising effect on the body. Kidneys carefully regulate blood pH, so that it stays around 7.4: water and lemon help it in this task.
It favours digestion
Water and lemon help the digestive tract and contrast the fastidious flares of toxins that go through it.
A glass of water and lemon strengthens the liver, gives energy to hepatic enzymes when they are too dilute and contributes to filtering toxins from the blood.
An energy boost
Vitamin C helps fight anaemia because it helps the body absorb iron.
It reduces the risk of cancer
Thanks to the presence of antioxidants such as flavonoids and vitamin C, lemon helps clear the body of free radicals and reduces the risk of developing cancer.
A glass of water and lemon is also an excellent source of potassium, a mineral that helps the brain and keeps blood pressure under control.
Water and lemon have also a gentle antimicrobial action, which helps refresh the breath and keep gum disease at bay.
by editorial staff