As a child & teen, I would eat a lemon on a daily basis, then as an adult, I discovered lemons have tons of health benefits!
My 3 Favorite Things About Lemons:
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition showed that polyphenol antioxidants found in lemons significantly reduced weight gain caused by a high-fat diet. In addition, insulin resistance was improved!
– Lemons help digestion!
Studies suggest that drinking warm lemon water when you wake up may help get rid of toxins, prevents constipation and gets your digestive system moving!
– Lemons prevent kidney stones!
Health studies suggest that the citric acid in lemons may help prevent calcium kidney stones.
Lemon water is a great way to increase your citric acid intake and may decrease your risk of getting new calcium stones.
In fact, having 1/2 cup of Organic Fresh Squeezed Lemon juice provides the same amount of citric acid you’d find in prescription forms.
How to Drink Lemon Water!
In order to get any health benefits of lemon water, drink it consistently and in therapeutic doses.
Always use real lemon juice from fresh Organic Lemons.
To make lemon water, squeeze half a lemon into 8 ounces of warm or room temp filtered water.
For best wellness results, drink lemon water warm or room temperature first thing in the morning at lunch and before sleep…
You can infuse your lemon water with other tasty fruits and herbs and drink it throughout the day…
A few springs of mint, a teaspoon of coconut nectar, or a fresh ginger slice or a dash of cinnamon are all good options.
You can also add slices of other fresh citrus fruits such as limes and oranges, or cucumber slices.
Visit my blog for infused water recipes:
Although lemon water is generally safe to drink, there are a few potential side effects.
1) Lemon contains citric acid, which can erode tooth enamel (this happened to me because of my childhood lemon addiction).
To limit the risk, drink lemon water through a straw, and rinse your mouth afterwards.
2) Lemons become alkaline in the digestive tract, so many people experience heartburn relief, but others get increased heartburn…
3) Some people are allergic to lemons, so be aware of any changes, such as itching, bruising or breakouts.
According to the Food and Nutrition Board, the dietary reference intake for water is 91 to 125 ounces. This includes water from food and drinks.
Pure Water is the best beverage for hydration, but if you like a little flavor enhancement, adding lemon enhances water’s flavor, helps your digestion, can help kidney stones and help you lose weight!
So get your straws out and drink up!