Lately, I have been reading about the health benefits of lemons and drinking lemon water. An idea which at first glance didn’t seem too revolutionary to me. I grew up with a slice of lemon in every glass of water or iced-tea, and with a grandfather who instead of ordering us soda at restaurants, would order water for the table and a plate full of lemon slices. He would then squeeze the lemon juice into our water, add a touch of sweetener and we would have fresh lemonade. Looking back, I now know a lot of it had to do with him being, shall we say frugal. But as it turns out it was also a lot healthier than ordering a soda. Lemons pack a powerful kick; they are a low-calorie fruit with numerous health benefits. They are high in vitamin C, have good levels of potassium, and are a tremendous source of citrus bioflavonoid and anti-oxidant phytonutrients. So, what does all of this mean? Here are just three amazing reasons to drink your lemon water:
- Aids in Digestion: High in dietary fiber and citric acid, lemons help flush you out. They have also been associated with improving liver function and dissolving kidney stones.
- Clear Skin: Lemons have been said to help purge toxins from the blood, maximize enzyme function, stimulate the liver, and aid in detoxification. All of which can help keep skin clear and radiant.
- Hydrate & Energize: Water with lemon provides the body with hydration, anti-oxidants and electrolytes (such as potassium, calcium and magnesium). Lemon is a tremendous source of citrus bioflavonoid and anti-oxidant phytonutrients that have been known to help energize.
All of this sounded great to me, so I jumped on board. It seems one of the tricks to benefiting from lemon water is to drink it first thing in the morning before you have had any other food or beverage, and especially before you reach for that first cup of coffee. Here are just a few ways I have incorporated lemon water into my daily routine:
1. First thing in the morning. Boil a teapot of clean water. I drink mug after mug of warm water with at least half a lemon squeezed into the cup. If you aren’t a big fan of lemon, I would suggest starting with just a bit of lemon and working your way up to half a lemon per cup of warm water. Still not working for you? Perhaps try adding a dash stevia to sweeten it up a bit.
2. I carry a large re-usable water bottle with me everywhere I go, so I have simply started adding a few large slices of lemon in the morning. And will drink it through out the day.
3. On those rare days that I know I will be home for a long period of time, I load a pitcher with filtered water and simply add slices of lemon, cucumber, mint and sometimes orange. It is delicious and refreshing!
I am by no means a health expert, so if you would like to learn more check out these sources: