Lemon water is highly beneficial in any health and beauty plan. Served cold, warm, or hot, it’s so easy to incorporate into your daily diet and so simple to fix and enjoy on a regular basis. There just aren't many other drinks you can prepare so quickly that have as many perks!
It may seem counter-intuitive that even though water and lemons are both acidic in nature, they are very alkalizing to your body when ingested. The more alkaline your body is, the happier and healthier your body will be!
Your body actually prefers to be in an alkaline state. Instead, most people bombard their system with acidic foods and beverages, which have long lasting detrimental effects to your body. Drinking lemon water is a simple way to alkalize your blood and your body at the same time!
Lemons alone have been a staple food since early times. Although they are a food product, they have a wide variety of uses. They are typically used for lemonade, mixed drinks and drink mixes, cleaning products, beauty products, cooking, garnishes, and even air fresheners.
Water is vital to every function in your body. Without ample amounts, you will die.
It has been said that when the world gives you a bunch of lemons, you should make some lemonade! Why not make lemon water instead! (lemonade without added calories via sugar...) Lemons are not just for lemonade anymore! They are a small yellow fruit with powerful healing properties.
The image above looks fantastic doesn't it? But real lemon mixed into water is not clear if you make it properly.
You must combine the juice and pulp from the lemon if you want the most benefits. Therefore, the water will naturally look cloudy, with bits of lemon floating in it.
Served warm or hot, lemon water is gratifying during every season of the year!
The Benefits of Lemon Water - Health
Lemon's potassium content helps boost nutrition to the nerve cells and the brain. Healthy bones and healthy teeth benefit from it's calcium content. Both the magnesium and calcium content of lemons are vital to the formation of the protein content of blood called 'blood albumen'. One lemon contains 4.5 percent magnesium, 48 percent potassium, 11 percent phosphorus, and 30 percent calcium.
Lemons have long been used as a remedy to treat liver disorders, colds or coughs, flu symptoms, fever, and diphtheria.
Visceral fat is caused by an over-accumulation of toxins in your body! When toxins enter your body, they are surrounded by fat cells and then stored. Drinking lemon water is a healthy way to get rid of those excesses!
Lemon can help relieve many digestion problems when mixed with hot water. These include parasites, heartburn, constipation and nausea. Straight lemon juice can also help get rid of hiccups.
Lemon juice acts as a liver tonic and helps you digest your food by helping your liver produce more bile. It decreases the amount of phlegm produced by your body. It is also thought to help dissolve gallstones.
Lemons help purify the liver by eliminating toxins and waste products.
Lemon juice is a fantastic remedy for sore throats and tonsillitis. It can also relieve symptoms of asthma for some people.
Because of its high vitamin C content, it is used to prevent and treat many infections, speed up the healing of wounds, and reduce allergic responses.
Lemons have diuretic properties, which makes lemon water a good remedy for UTI's. (urinary tract infections). People with rheumatism or arthritis can benefit from consuming lemons because it helps flush out toxins and bacteria.
When lemons are mixed with coffee, it may help relieve headaches. It is possible that lemon juice cancels out the side effects of caffeine found in coffee. (Interestingly, although caffeine can sometimes cause headaches, many OTC headache medications include caffeine.)
A cotton ball saturated with lemon juice and applied to the nostrils is known to stop nose bleeds but beware, it could sting a bit. You can also massage lemon juice into gums to stop them from bleeding. Lemon juice with added glycerin (mineral oil) can be used to treat chapped lips. Of course, if lips are cracked, lemon juice is not such a good idea because it will definitely STING. Lemon juice can also help soothe sunburned skin and may even help prevent sunburn in some instances. Lemons or grapefruit can be used for cleansing the liver.
Lemon water cleanses and purifies your body and also has an alkalizing effect. It is essential to every bodily function at a cellular level. Although bottled water has become a staple product of our present day society, its not your best choice for water consumption. You should drink water that's clean and pure. Use a home water purifying system at home and reuse bottles you've already got on hand. The water you drink is essential to your existence but we forget how much we rely on it until we don't have it. Then we really miss and crave it. (Think about Hurricane Katrina or the reality show Survivor!)
When you consume both water and lemon in your diet, you increase your chances of staying healthy longer. When you mix them together to make lemon water, you get a healthy way to replenish and rejuvenate your body.
Start your engine everyday by drinking a glass of room temperature, lukewarm to warm, lemon water first thing every morning! This is a tip from Traditional Chinese Medicine. It's important to start every day with water because of the time lapse between going to bed and getting up. Warm lemon water hydrates and purifies your body naturally. Caffeine found in coffee, dehydrates your body.
If you don’t like lemons, use limes or just drink plenty of plain fresh water. Drink more than 8 glasses a day to reap the most benefits. You just can't get enough of it! My skin looks great (for my age) and I attribute it to the fact that I’ve always consumed lots of pure water and lemon water!
The Benefits of Lemon Water - Beauty
Lemon water helps clean the toxins out of your body. Your complexion can't look healthy if your body is holding onto impurities! The more you detoxify your body, the healthier your skin will look! If you don't want your skin to look sallow or full of acne, drink lemon water every chance you get!
Lemon water can help clarify your hair.
Dab fresh lemon juice daily on age spots to help fade them naturally.
Lemon juice can help add natural highlights to your hair. For darker hair colors, use lemon juice to add reddish or gold highlights. For medium to light hair colors, lemon juice can naturally lighten your hair to an even lighter shade.
How to add highlights using lemon - Squeeze the juice from 1/2 (or more) lemon (seeds and all) into your hair and sit out in the sun until the lemon has completely dried. Then shampoo and condition. Your hair will look and feel fresh and clean, shine more and reflect more highlights! Repeating the process over time can help lighten your hair, especially if you have light colored hair already!
Alternately, if you love white fingernails, you can use lemon water to bleach them! Mix the juice from half a lemon with two tablespoons of water and soak fingernails for 10 minutes. (Don't do this if you have broken skin around the cuticles or on your fingertips!) Rinse and pat dry nails, then add moisture back to nails with your favorite oil.
Tips for Choosing and Using Lemons
Lemons should always be at room temperature. To extract the most juice and pulp from the lemon, roll the lemon around on a table or the counter a few times.
Don't microwave fresh lemons to get more juice! Why? Microwaving food is never a good idea! Find out why here.
Always look for lemons that are bright yellow in color and look fresh. Lemons with a thicker peel, have less pulp and juice. Lemons with thinner skin, have more pulp and more juice. Also, the heavier the lemon feels, the more nutrients it generally contains.
If none of the lemons at your store look fresh, just buy the cute little plastic lemons that contain lemon juice. They'll work fine for your lemon water until you can get the 'real thing'!
*Interesting note - If you are considering using RealLemon lemon juice, you should be aware that it contains sulfites. I've used this product in the past and never had a bad reaction from it, but if you are allergic to sulfites, this is good information to know. Maybe a better substitute would be to use organic lemon juice instead.
How to Make Lemon Water
Lemon water is easy to fix. Mix the pulp and juice from 1/2 lemon in at least 8 ounces of tepid, warm, or hot water and drink! You can always add more lemon though to get extra benefits.
One thing I like to do is to run a knife through the lemon pulp before squeezing it into the water. That way, you get every delicious drop of juice!
The Psychology of Lemons
If you've ever sucked on a slice of lemon, you know how sour they taste! Sour as all get out right?
Did you know that you can make your mouth water and taste that sour taste without even having a lemon on hand? Don't believe me? Then try this:
Close your eyes and picture a lemon. Now take your lemon and slice it up on the counter. Place one of the slices of your 'imaginary lemon' in your mouth and suck up it's juice. Did your mouth start to water? Does it taste sour?
Your mind is amazing, isn't it?
Lemons Served in Restaurants
You may or may not have heard about the contaminated lemon slices found in restaurants. If you order lemon water regularly though, you'll need to know this information!
The article was published in December, 2007 in the Journal of Environmental Health. It was co-authored by Anne LaGrange Loving and John Perz. Loving collected 76 lemon slices from 21 restaurants on 43 visits in Patterson, New Jersey. She swabbed both the lemon slice and the glass on which the slice had been placed immediately after the glass had been brought to her. Contamination was found on both the flesh and the rind of most of the lemon wedges, although how it got there was not determined. Some of it could have come from the fruit where it was picked and/or from the hands of employees. Ew! Still some of it could have originated from contaminated work surfaces.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration conducted a study in 2004 of both fast food and full service restaurants. The conclusion was that there was poor personal hygiene on the part of employees at 31 percent of the fast food restaurants and more than 41 percent of the full service restaurants.
To find out the whole truth about the study, please read the full article published on Snopes.com
So be sure to drink some lemon water (at home) today! You'll cleanse your body, clear up your complexion, and get extra Vitamin C, which we all need to feel and look great! Remember too that lemons and water are still very cheap compared to other types of drinks! Why not mix up some fresh lemon water today? Cheers!
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