BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Those of us who tend to approach the average Monday with a sigh and a scowl may find our scowl deepening upon celebrating this Monday’s national holiday. 

August 29 marks National Lemon Juice Day and it’s highly likely that indulging in the honorary drink will leave many celebrants with an odd face expression thanks to the puckery fruit’s sour flavor.  

That said, consistently consuming a balanced amount of lemon juice is believed to have a number of health benefits. 

According to the Cleveland Clinic, when a person starts their days with a glass of lemon juice and water, they may experience the following positive impacts on their health: 

Easier Digestion

Acid helps break down food. That’s why there’s so much of it in our stomachs. The acid in lemons may be especially helpful in supplementing stomach acid levels, which tend to decline as we age.

Aids in Hydration

Most of us don’t drink enough water. A daily lemon water habit is an easy way to get your day off on the right foot. How do you know if you’re drinking enough? Your urine is almost clear.

Assists in Weight Maintenance 

We’re creatures of habit. Ponder the impact of replacing your morning OJ or latte with lemon water. Not just once, but perhaps 20 times a month — and multiply that by 10 years. Your waist line will thank you.

Supplies a Healthy Dose of Vitamin C

Juice half a lemon into your water and you’ll add a mere 6 calories to your diet. Plus you’ll get more than a sixth of your daily vitamin C, which is needed to protect us from cell damage and repair injury.

Provides Much-Needed Potassium 

Your body can’t function without potassium. It’s necessary for nerve-muscle communication, transporting nutrients and waste and blood pressure regulation. Fruits and vegetables are important sources of potassium.

Helps Prevent Kidney Stones

Lemon water helps prevent painful stones in those deficient in urinary citrate (a form of citric acid). More importantly, increased fluids help prevent dehydration — a common cause of kidney stones.

Experts recommend diluting the lemon juice with plenty of water. To do this, squeeze half a lemon into a full glass of water and this should do the trick.

Click here to read more on the subject from the Cleveland Clinic.