Probably the most inexpensive drink you can make that comes with many health benefits.
We are talking about lemon water.
Lemons are available year-round with three main types on sale in the USA unless you are lucky enough to have lemon trees growing in your back yard. Those three main types are Eureka, Lisbon and Meyer. Meyer lemons are a sweeter variety. When buying lemons, choose those that are yellow and organic, remembering that lemons with thinner skins are juicier.
Making lemon water is easy and simply requires mixing lemon juice with some fresh water. The suggestion is to use the juice of half a lemon to a glass of water. You can even juice several lemons in one session and put in an ice cube tray to freeze for use at a later date.
Top 6 benefits of drinking lemon water
Helps with digestion while detoxing.
Lemon juice has a similar atomic structure to the digestive juices in your stomach, tricking the liver into producing bile which in turn helps to keep food moving through the body and gastrointestinal tract in a smooth way while helping preserve the liver's natural job to detox. Lemon water will also keep you hydrated, promote regular bowel movements and lead to less bloating.
Keeps the skin glowing
The vitamin C found in lemon juice provides antioxidants to fight free radical damage, helping to keep the skin looking fresh while slowing down aging. It also helps in the production of collagen, needed to smooth out any fine lines and wrinkles
in the face.
Leads to weight loss
If you can drink lemon water in place of sodas, fruit juices or energy drinks, you will stay hydrated while cutting down on the calories. A great way to lose weight - and for some a tastier way to drink water.
Gives a boost to those energy and mood levels
Instead of relying on a morning cup of coffee to give you a boost with its caffeine shot, you can benefit from a drink of lemon water. Our bodies rely on the atoms and molecules in foods to give us energy. When negatively charged ions (such as those found in fresh lemons) enter your digestive tract, there is a natural increase in energy levels while it is said that the scent of a lemon itself helps to reduce stress levels and improve the mood.
Boosts the immune system
It is well known that vitamin C plays an important role in immunity, helping to decrease the severity and length of time it takes to get over the common cold and other conditions. Adding a daily drink of lemon water to your routine is a good way to add the immune boosting benefits to your system.
Helps to prevent the appearance of kidney stones
The symptoms of kidney stones are back and stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and blood in the urine. They are a common and painful condition caused by the formation of small and hard deposits in the kidneys. Studies have found that patients treated with lemon drink therapy have reduced the appearance of kidney stones while drinking plenty of water is useful in flushing out kidney stones and providing relief from the discomfort.
In addition, as well as being rich in vitamin C, lemon water provides potassium, magnesium, copper, vitamin E, calcium and zinc. Although we always think of lemons as being acidic, they actually have an alkalizing effect in the body. Drinking lemon water can provide some of the same health benefits of alkaline water, helping balance your body’s pH and generally improving your health.
Did you know that the lemon peel itself is very rich in vitamins. Find out how you can put lemon peel to very good use in our earlier post
In another post, we share some of the ways to use our own lemon essential oil for cleaning chores with its fresh, clean smell. It is safe and gentle for the environment, your home and your family.
A word of warning
The acids in lemon can affect your tooth enamel. To counteract any problems, drink your lemon water before
brushing your teeth. A further tip is to drink through a straw (not plastic!). You can also rinse with some baking soda
to neutralize any acid perhaps left on your teeth.