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Why Your Day Needs Lemon Water #6: Boost Your Immune System

February 22, 2015 1 min read

Everyone always drinks orange juice when they feel a cold coming on, but why not drink a glass of warm lemon water instead? It will have the same effect, but with far fewer calories! Lemons are rich in Vitamin C, an antioxidant that will help to boost your immune function. The ascorbic acid in lemons help to reduce swelling, which is a marker of infection and sickness. It can also help to protect against asthma and respiratory system. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="698"] Source: withoutameasuringcup.com[/caption] Ascorbic acid also makes it easier for your body to absorb iron, the mineral that is needed for the production of red blood cells. Iron is another important mineral for your immune function, as it ensures that your blood can transport all the oxygen and nutrients needed to be healthy. The saponins in lemon also contain antimicrobial properties, helping to fight off the invading pathogens before they can cause serious infections. As a bonus, lemon can help to reduce the amount of phlegm produced when you have a cough!  
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Resources: http://tasty-yummies.com/2013/03/18/10-benefits-to-drinking-warm-lemon-water-every-morning/

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