Friday, September 14, 2012

When Life Gives Lemons Make Lemon Water


I've been doing a lot of research lately on lemons and their beneficial health properties.  I'm a big believer in when you hear things 3 times the universe is speaking to you....so pay attention.  Lately I've been hearing so much about lemon water, and how wonderful it is for our bodies.  So I now start each day with some warm lemon water.  From my understanding it is best to do a cup of warm to hot water with the juice from 1/2 a lemon.  It is best to have this first thing in the morning preferably an hour before eating.  It will get your whole system up and working.  Here are some of the amazing reasons to start your morning with warm lemon water.......

1. Aid Digestion - Lemon juice helps to flush the digestive system.  It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid we need to break down our food.  It will help with things like indigestion and acid reflux.  I have a friend who cured her acid reflux completely by drinking lemon water with each meal.
2. Boosts Your Immune System - Lemons are high in vitamin C which we all now keeps the colds and flu's at bay.
3. Balances Your PH - I know that we think lemons are acidic, and they do contain citric acid, but when they are metabolized by the body they become alkaline.  In todays in society our bodies are extremely acidic.  Sickness and disease thrive in an acidic environment.  When you consume lemon water you help to balance your body's PH by introducing an alkaline substance.  This also helps to build your immune system.  David Wolfe says in his book Eating For Beauty, it takes 30 8 oz. glasses of water to normalize the PH of one 8 oz. glass of soda.  So you can imagine how acidic most people are just based on the average persons soda intake.
4. Diuretic - Lemons help to flush the urinary tract faster and eliminate toxins.
5. Weight Loss - Lemons are high in pectin fiber which helps with hunger, and when one's system tends to be more alkaline they tend to shed pounds more quickly.
6. Fresh Clean Skin - The Vitamin C will help with blemishes and wrinkles, and because you are purging toxins more readily from your body, your skin will have a more healthy appearance.

One thing a I know that people worry about with lemon water is their teeth.  The concern is the acid in the lemon can erode the enamel.  A great trick for this is to drink your lemon water through a straw.  That way it's not swishing all around your teeth.  If you have had success with lemons and your health please share with us.

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