Benefits of Lemon Water

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:

– Lemons support weight loss!

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:

https://yummyyummybaby.com/2015/01/20/are-kids-drinking-enough-water-8-tips-to-help-kids-stay-hydrated-yummy-infused-water-recipe/

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!


Are Kids & Teens Drinking Enough Water? 8 Tips to Help Stay Hydrated: Yummy Infused Water Recipe!

2015-01-20 10.07.30Welcome back Amigos! I have a question for you, how much water do you and your kids ACTUALLY drink?  As a child, I primarily drank Tea, Kool-Aid and occasional Water.  I do remember adults occasionally stating the importance of water, but I didn’t take it seriously, nor did I understand how to make it a priority. Screenshot_2015-01-20-09-32-34 Today, Nephrologists (Kidney Doctors), report that more than ever, there is a high demand for Pediatric Nephrologists (Kidney Doctor for Kids & Teens).  This is due to kids being diagnosed with PAINFUL Kidney & Urinary Stones, which are often caused by a lack of water and junk food! Today, kids & teens have so many drink choices, why should they drink boring old water?

  • Every system in our body depends on water & helps youngsters thrive!
  • Water helps the brain function & will help detox their kidneys, liver & other vital organs.
  • Water carries nutrients to their cells & helps them digest food.
  • Water provides a moist environment for their ears, nose & throat systems.
  • Water is our primary chemical component & makes up 60% of weight.

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How much water do kids & teens actually need?

General Guideline for Drinking Water:

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Symptoms of Dehydration

  • Dry Skin
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Dry Mouth
  • Constipation
  • Increased thirst
  • Few or No Tears
  • Decreased urine output.
  • Urine is dark yellow instead of clear/light yellow.
  • Feeling Tired & Drained even after sleeping well.

Screenshot_2015-01-20-09-32-34Hydrating Thoughts:

  • Researchers have similar but varying ideas about water amount we should drink.
  • Pay close attention to your child’s symptoms, activity level & climate you live in.
  • Your child loses water by simply breathing, perspiring, urinating & pooping.
  • Kids must replenish water by consuming foods & drinks that contain water.
  • If severely dehydrated, provide real coconut water to replenish electrolytes.
  • Speak with a health professional if dehydration symptoms persist.

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8 Tips to Help Kids Drink More Water:

  1. Always have clean & fresh tasting water on hand!
  2. Infuse water with Organic Fruits, Veggies & Herbs!
  3. Place a 16 oz water bottle by their night stand.
  4. Have child drink 8 oz (1 cup) before sleeping.
  5. Have child drink 16 oz (2 cups) upon awakening.
  6. Have them drink 2 cups, 1 hour before each meal. (48 oz total)
  7. Model behavior so your child will watch & learn.
  8. Buy your child a sports bottle they can keep with them at all times (at school, during lunch, after recess)!

Screenshot_2015-01-20-09-30-31The chart above may seem like a lot of water, but it really isn’t.  Remember, 60% of your body is made of water, so it is critical that children’s water is replenished on a daily basis.

Can a child be drinking too much water?  It is possible for someone to drink too much water (hyponatremia), but it is very rare, and mostly happens to people who are extreme athletes.

The above chart is only a guideline, it is important you adjust your kid’s water consumption if you live in a very hot/humid climate, if they are athletes or have a medical condition. This Organic fruit & herb infused water recipe is a great way to always have great tasting water!20150119_161959

ORGANIC STRAWBERRY, LEMON, CUCUMBER, MINT INFUSION:

♥  ½ Cup Sliced Lemons

♥  ½ Cup Sliced Strawberries

♥  ¾ Medium Cucumber, Sliced

♥  ¼ Cup of Mint Leaves

♥  1 Quart of Fresh Spring Water

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Instructions:

♥  Prepare & Slice Fruits, Veggies, Herbs

♥  Place Your Mix at the Bottom of Jar

♥  Pour Your Water over the Mix

♥  Chill in your Fridge or Serve Room Temp.

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Important Final Notes:

  1. On average, food can provide about 20% of total water intake. Watermelon & Spinach are at least 90% water weight.
  2. Pregnant or breast-feeding women need additional fluids to stay hydrated.
  3. Pineapple, Orange, Ginger is another great infusion for the family.

This infusion is so Yummy Yummy and it’s so fun to make together with your family. Stay hydrated Amigos, I look forward to you visiting again!  Sending Love & Light! ~ Dr. Dee