If you’re looking to improve your health, one of the easiest ways to do so is to drink water with a squeeze of lemon. Water is essential to optimal health, and adding lemon can make water tastier and palatable. Lemon-infused water is a refreshing drink, far better for you than lattes or commercial vitamin water.
Lemons offer great health benefits in their little yellow package. They’re high in vitamins C and B, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and fiber. The vitamin C in lemons is a vital component for your immune system. It also aids in the repair and growth of your body’s tissues. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which works to help reduce free radical damage and inflammation.
When you are stressed, your vitamin C levels drop; adding lemon-water to your diet will assist in combating the underlying damage caused by stress. Lemon is also high in folate — a B vitamin, and potassium.
Adding a squeeze of lemon to your daily water has another health benefit: it can help remove toxins from your liver and digestive system. The citric acid in lemon juice helps to cleanse the liver, aids in producing digestive juices and helps clean out excess calcium from the kidneys and arteries. The juice of half a lemon in an eight ounce glass of water is recommended by some health professionals, however you may want to adjust the amount of lemon to your personal taste.
When your pH balance leans towards the acidic, disease may enter the picture. When your pH moves into alkaline territory, you may be healthier. Lemon’s citric acid makes this tart fruit one of the most alkaline foods you can consume. By eating alkaline foods, you’ll help your body maintain a healthy pH balance. Most fruits and vegetables are alkaline, while dairy, red meat and sugar tend to make the body more acidic.
Drinking adequate amounts of water is one of the cornerstones of good health. By adding a healthy squeeze of lemon, you’ll be giving your body a good nutritional boost and at the same time, helping to cleanse your system.
According to Huffington Post, It’s ideal to keep a pitcher of room temperature water and lemons on hand, and each morning, squeeze the juice from half a lemon (or a whole lemon if you’re over 150 pounds) into an 8 oz. cup of water. The website LifeHack, also suggests drinking lemon water first thing in the morning, and then waiting 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast.
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