Aside from evoking images of an Italian summer, a la a Dolce & Gabbana campaign, lemons are the quintessential fuit for a healthy mind, body and soul. Especially in the morning. Dating centuries back, the lemon is equipped with antibacterial and antiviral benefits plus immune-boosting power. To activate the active ingredient, simply squeeze fresh lemon juice (organic if possible) with warm water first thing in the morning and sip.

1. It aids digestion

Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. With an atomic composition similar to saliva and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices, it encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is needed for good digestion. The digestive qualities of lemon also help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and bloating.

2. It cleanses you

As lemon juice helps flush out unwanted toxins nasty materials are released at a faster rate, keeping you healthier.

3. It boosts your immune system

Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting bacteria. High in potassium, this stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure. Ascorbic acid found in lemons also demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects, and aids in support for asthma, it even enhances iron absorption in the body.

4. It helps balance pH levels

Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. The yellow fruit contains both citric and ascorbic acid, weak acids easily metabolized from the body allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalize the blood. Drinking lemon water everyday can help to remove overall acidity in the body.

5. It helps clear the skin

The vitamin C component as well as other antioxidants helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Vital for healthy glowing skin, rejuvenating skin from within your body, Vitamin C helps kill some types of bacteria known to cause acne.

6. It energises your spirit

Lemon is one of the few foods that contains a lot of negatively charged ions, providing your body with more energy when it enters the digestive system. The scent of lemon also has mood enhancing and energizing elements. The scent of a lemon can also brighten your mood and reduce anxiety and depression.

7.  It promotes healing

Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), which is found in lemons, promotes healing, and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage.

8. It freshens breath

Besides helping provide fresher breath, lemons have been known to help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis.

9. It hydrates your lymph system

Warm water and lemon juice supports the immune system by hydrating and replacing lost fluids – helping your body regenerate its system.

10. It helps you lose weight

Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. Studies have even shown people who follow a more alkaline diet, lose weight faster.