This piece originally appeared on PureWow.
You’ve probably read one of those articles in which an impossibly gorgeous celebrity talks about how she looks so impossibly gorgeous. We’ve read a bunch of them and noticed a common element: drinking warm lemon water every morning. So we did a little digging and found out that it actually does a bunch of great things for your body. Consider us converted.
1. It jump-starts your digestive system.
Drinking warm water with lemon stimulates the gastrointestinal tract, making your body better able to absorb nutrients and pass food through your system with ease. Lemon juice also works to relieve heartburn and bloating.
2. It could help you lose weight.
Lemons contain pectin, a fiber that supports weight loss by keeping cravings at bay. Sip on this concoction between meals and you just might find yourself hitting the vending machine less often.
3. It boosts your immune system.
Hello, vitamin C. Always a good thing for fighting off illness. Just keep in mind that your natural levels are prone to drop when you’re stressed, making you more likely to be sick, so it’s advisable to up your intake during particularly crazy times.
4. It improves your skin.
Vitamin C is also important for skin, as it plays an important role in collagen synthesis (which boosts skin’s elasticity) and repairs damaged cells. On top of that, warm lemon water has astringent properties, which could help to heal blemishes and even scars from past blemishes.
5. It reduces inflammation.
If you’ve ever dealt with sore joints, you might have a uric acid buildup. Warm lemon water just so happens to dissolve that.