Drink Plenty of Water, and Don’t Forget the Lemon

The old saying goes “if life hands you a lemon, make lemonade”. Well this is actually very good health advice, just don’t add the sugar.  I recently came across some information on the health benefits of adding 1/4 – 1/2 of a lemon squeezed into an 8 oz. glass of water to drink twice daily.  I’ve started this practice and it makes me feel better. I’m not catching any colds/flu bugs, and believe me, they are going around right now. I happen to love the taste of lemon squeezed into my water-glass. Now I know why.

Squeezing 1/2 lemon into your water can create a refreshing drink that raises your body’s pH.  Why do we need to raise our body’s pH levels? Well, having a low pH means your body is acidic, which is not healthy. When our body is acidic, it doesn’t function quite as well as it should. We become more susceptible to illness, disease, fatigue, etc.

To help your body get the energy from the food you are eating, drink lemon water regularly. Next to drinking plain purified water, drinking lemon water daily is the most important thing you can do for your health.

Lemon juice consists of about 5% citric acid that gives a tart taste to lemon. They are rich in vitamin C. Lemons also contains vitamins like vitamin B, riboflavin and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium as well as proteins and carbohydrates. Daily consumption of lemon water provides a number of health benefits like:

  • Help relieve many digestion problems when mixed with hot water. Due to the digestive qualities of lemon juice, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are relieved.
  • By drinking lemon juice regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently. The intake of lemon juice can cure constipation and control diarrhea.
  • Lemons boost the immune system and help fight off infections. A daily dose will help ward off colds, stomach disorders and serious infection. Lemons have strong antibacterial properties. Therefore, they are good in preventing several bacteria-caused illnesses, including the stomach flu.
  • Lemon is an excellent fruit that aids in fighting problems related to throat infections, sore throat and tonsillitis. For sore throat, dilute one-half lemon juice with one-half water and gargle frequently.
  • Lemon juice can aid in weight loss by drinking an 8 oz. glass of water with 1/2 lemon squeezed into it each morning, which will kick-start your metabolism.
  • Lemon acts as a blood purifier and as a cleansing agent.
  • Lemons are an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants rid the body of toxins as well as the free radicals that cause aging.
  • It is even known to help relieve hiccups when consumed as a juice.
  • Lemon juice acts as a liver tonic, is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, and helps you digest your food by helping your liver produce more bile.
  • Lemon’s potassium content will nourish the brain and nerve cells.
  • Its calcium builds up the bony structure and makes healthy teeth.
  • It decreases the amount of phlegm produced by your body.
  • It is also thought to help dissolve gallstones and kidney stones.

How To Choose The Right Lemon

Remember to always buy organic lemons, free of pesticides. Some lemons are more sweet than others. A rule of thumb for selecting a lemon that is both sweet and high in mineral content, is to pick one that has a high specific gravity measurement and is heavy for its size. By comparing equal-sized fruit, the one with the greatest weight will have the most mineral content and sugar. A thick-skinned lemon will not be as heavy as a thin-skinned lemon and will not have the desired sweetness or mineral content.

Recommendations

If you are in good health and weigh less than 150 pounds, squeeze the juice of one half a lemon (one ounce) into a glass of purified water and drink this mixture twice a day (one whole lemon a day.) If you weigh over 150 pounds, squeeze the juice out of an entire lemon (two ounces) into a glass of purified water and drink this mixture twice a day (two whole lemons a day.) The lemon juice can be diluted more according to taste.

So the next time life hands you a lemon, squeeze it into your water and drink to good health.

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2 Responses

  1. I have a question abut the chemicals they add to our water. i.e. Floride etc

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