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7 Surprising Benefits of Lemon Water for your Hair & Skin

Posted By Lovella Sitoy in Rapunzel on Dec 16, 2015

I can easily describe lemon as one of the most beautifying fruits. Why? It’s bursting with antioxidants and other nutrients that not only make your body resistant to diseases, but also make your skin and hair look radiant and beautiful. Plus, it’s neither expensive nor difficult to find. Really, you can incorporate lemon in your daily life quite easily if you want to.

Just like adding it into your water everyday. Upgrading your water to lemon water is very simple. Just add a squeeze of half a lemon into a glass of fresh water.

Lemon water is such a great way to increase your immunity against diseases as well as your resistance to free radicals. Let me list down all of the amazing benefits that lemon water can bring to your health and your physical appearance in general.

1. Increases your collagen production

Collagen is the one thing that you really need to maintain your skin’s elasticity and suppleness. Without protein collagen, your skin will age fast and will tend to sag prematurely. But if you drink lemon water every single day, you’ll get your daily dose of pure and potent vitamin C that will help increase collagen production. 

2. Keeps your hair, skin, and nails healthy

What many of us don’t realize is that the health of our hair strands largely depend on the health of our follicles. Hair follicles are made up of living cells that need daily sustenance and oxygen to stay healthy. Without ample supply of nutrition, your follicles will become weak and will grow brittle hair. Lemon water can help you improve your follicle health by giving you a good amount of folate.

Folate or folic acid is needed for the growth and repair of every cell in the body. Folic acid is needed for the growth and repair of hair, skin and nails. (1) This B vitamin is necessary in the production of red blood cells and therefore helps in providing nourishment of every cell and organ in the body, including your skin and hair.

3. Helps maintain a healthy scalp and radiant complexion

Lemon water can also give you vitamin A, also an antioxidant that helps combat free radicals.
It’s considered to be one of the thirteen most essential vitamins that helps grow a healthy head of hair according to experts. (2) It is an antioxidant that can help maintain a healthy scalp therefore helps maintain normal hair growth.

Vitamin A Retinol is a very important nutrient for the skin. It combats and prevents various skin disorders such as psoriasis, warts, premature skin aging (wrinkles/skin discoloration due to UV rays). (3)

4. Strengthens your hair

Because of lemon’s high choline content, lemon water can significantly help increase hair strength. When paired up with B complex vitamins and Inositol, choline is scientifically proven to strengthen hair as it boosts keratin production preventing and treating hair brittleness. (4) Keratins are basically the building blocks of your hair and nails.

5. Protects your skin from photo-damage

Thanks again to choline, lemon water can help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. In a clinical trial Fifty women with photodamaged facial skin were administered oral choline supplements for 20 weeks. The treatment significantly improved their skin. (5)

6. Increases hair strength and builds structure

Lemon is also rich in the mineral calcium. Calcium is one of the minerals found in hair that gives hair structure and strength. Adequate intake and absorption of calcium in the body results in higher calcium deposition in hair. (6) Calcium also plays a role in hormone secretions including the hormone androgens,which stimulate hair growth. (7)

7. Helps produce thick and strong hair

Lemon also contains loads of minerals that improve hair health including zinc, selenium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorous, which all help nourish your follicles. For instance, zinc deficiency can lead to hair loss or alopecia (8); hence this mineral is important if you want to keep your follicles healthy and keep producing thick and strong hair strands. Moreover you need zinc to make proteins including keratins that keep hair thick and strong.

Truly all of the above are reasons enough to start upgrading your water right now. Lemon water quenches your thirst and at the same time improves the health of your hair, skin, and nails naturally!


Sources:

1. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/healthyliving/childfamily/Documents/MO-NUPA-FolicAcidandFolate.pdf
2. http://www.healthline.com/health/vitamins-hair-growth#EssentialVitamins
3. https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-a-retinol
4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16205932
5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16205932
6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3241915/
7. http://www.livestrong.com/article/289677-calcium-hair-loss/
8. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/micronutrients-health/skin-health/nutrient-index/minerals
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