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Lemon Water- The many benefits

Updated on July 11, 2014

The scoop on Lemons

Lemons are a citrus fruit that is grown in warm climates. Lemons come from a tree and are very beneficial to the human body. Lemons contain a high content of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has the ability to help control the common cold. It also helps in the growth and repair of tissues in the body. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps combat free radicals in the body. Free radicals can be linked to several illnesses. Lemons also contain folate which is a water soluble b vitamin. Lemons also contain potassium, potassium builds protein and muscles. Potassium also maintains normal body growth and help control the electrical functions of the heart.

Hydration

According to the CDC 75% of the American population is chronically dehydrated. Lemon water offers a enjoyable way to stay hydrated. Lemon water is great for hydration and also contains electrolytes. Hydration is essential to the health and well being of all living things.

Good ole lemon water

Lemon water has been used for decades for support in weight loss. Lemon water neutralizes insulin and allows one to avoid extra weight. Also controlling blood sugar levels and preventing blood sugar spikes. Lemon water is very acidic to the taste, but is very alkalizing to the body. Your body strives to maintain a neutral Ph level. With so many acidic producing foods, lemon water helps the body to maintain a slightly alkaline state. Acidic body's harbor disease and cancers. Alkaline body's ward off disease and cancer. Some people have a more alkaline body just because of their makeup. Others have to strive to maintain an alkaline state. Lemon water is beneficial for the alkalinizing of the body. When drinking lemon water it is best to drink from a straw, the acidity of the lemon can break down the enamel on the teeth. Water infused with real lemon juice contains citric acid, which can cleanse out the body of calcium stones and prevent calcium deposits from building up in the arteries. Lemon water flushes out toxins from the body, it is very detoxifying. The liver works as a filter, along with the kidneys, lemon water aids the detoxifying organs and makes it easier to process and break down damaging particles in the body. Adding lemons to a glass of water, not only adds flavor, it is also giving your body a well needed boost to maintain a stable environment for health.

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Many ways to prepare

There are several ways to get in the lemon water in a timely manner. Lemon water can be made by cutting a lemon into slices and put in a picture of water and stored in the refrigerator. The longer the water is allowed to sit with the lemon the more potent it will become also ensuring that you have the maximum amount of beneficial vitamins from the lemon. Lemon's can also be sliced and added to mason jars, then filled with water, for a single serve method that works great on the go, or if you have little time to spare on squeezing lemons. There are small kitchen appliances that are designed to juice multiple fruits and veggies. Then there are some juicers that are specifically designed for lemons. Lemon water can be prepared and served a hand squeezed lemon, careful to watch for the seeds, as they are very bitter if sucked up through a straw and can also create a choking hazard to some. Lemon water, if to bitter for your taste, can have a little natural sweetener, such as, honey or stevia. Artificial sweeteners are not recommended, as artificial sweeteners are now being linked to obesity and disease. Lemon water, however you squeeze it, is very good for the whole body from the vitamin c that can ward off the common cold, to the alkalizing state it offers the body. Lemon water is great for a host of things and is a great flavor addition to water. However you drink it, drink it for the benefits. It is recommended that you drink a glass of warm lemon water first thing in the morning for added benefits. When warm the body can use it more efficiently. It is also recommended that this method is used to accelerate the weight loss process of the body.

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Other additives

Although, maybe not as beneficial, it is a great idea to add different fruits and veggies to water for the added flavors and nutrients. Before grabbing that bottle of artificial water enhancers it is best to create your own from fruits and vegetables. For example, you can slice cucumbers, and limes to flavor water, or you may choose strawberries and kiwi, there is even apples and honey, or honey and lemons. However you flavor it be sure that you are not adding hidden sugar in your diet. Fruits contain a high content of sugar which can result in weight gain and blood sugar spikes. Lemon water contains zero calories and can be a helpful replacement for sugary drinks including sweet tea, soda, store bought juices and sugar sweetened beverages. it is recommended that we obtain 64 ounces of water a day. When you choose to add lemon or other fresh fruits or veggies to your water, that is 64 ounces of an explosion of flavor and beneficial nutrients.

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Lemon water

  • Hydrates the body
  • jump starts the vital organs
  • contains vitamin c, potassium and folate
  • can aide in weight loss
  • can be beneficial in other areas, such as, the face and furniture.

What you may not know about lemons

Lemons are not just a great addition to water, it also has several other benefits, some other benefits include :

* Lemons reduce blemishes on the face and body

* Lemons are great for detouring ants from your home, when you spot ants, squeeze a trail of lemon juice to where they are attracted and it will detour them.

* Lemons are also great for wood furniture. It is actually an ingredient in some of the most popular wood cleaners sold in stores.

* Lemons, though are harmful for enamel, can be mixed with baking soda one time a week to whiten teeth.

* You can squeeze some lemon juice on fresh fruits and vegetables to prevent browning ( oxidation) of the fresh food

* Lemons help to increase the elasticity of the face preventing wrinkles

* Lemon Juice is also a known remedy for hyperpigmentation on the face and body

Lemons are beneficial in a host of elements from hydrating the body to having antiviral properties. Lemons are commonly added to fish dishes to increase the flavor. The wondrous lemon , no matter how you squeeze it.

Benefits at a glance

hydration
vitamins and benefits
How to squeeze
lemon water is a great way to stay hydrated
Vitamin C - combats the common cold and flu
Hand squeeze, but watch for seeds
it is recommended you drink 64 ounces a day
needed for growth and repair of tissues
allow to steep in water overnight
other fruits and vegetables offer a great water flavor enhancer
controls electrical functions of the heart
buy a lemon juicer

How often and what else

Lemons squeezed in water allows one to measure the amount of lemon juice you are adding to your water. If you are 150 pounds or less 1 and 1/2 ounces in water is sufficient. If you are greater than 150 pounds then 2 ounces of lemon juice should be added to your water for efficiency. Lemon water is in no way harmful to your health. So therefore you can drink lemon water as much as you desire. Lemon water is a great addition to your daily regiment. Offering several benefits and aiding in several body functions. Lemon water can help to ward off disease through it's alkalizing effects. Lemon water is a refreshing beverage on a hot summer day and can replace electrolytes that are lost due to sweating. Hydration is necessary, you can obtain that through water enhanced with fresh squeezed lemons. More than hydration are the many benefits that lemons have to offer. A slice of lemon added to hot tea and sweetened with a tablespoon of honey can help soothe a sore throat. Lemon juice squeezed on a tablespoon of honey offers a great cough syrup. Every where you look lemon can be beneficial. Lemons are a healthy alternative to the artificial water enhancers so stray from the fake enhancers that can contain harmful chemicals and enhance your water with lemons

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Putting it all together

Water is essential to the function of the human body. Adding lemons to the essential liquid can have many health benefits from making water taste better to fighting off virus's. Lemons can be used for several purposes in the human body. It works great on blemishes and lightening hair. It can also be used for cleaning purposes and leaving a room smelling wonderfully citrus. Lemons ward off pesky ants and can be added to honey for a cough syrup. Lemons have several usages. Adding lemon to your water can help stabilize blood sugar, avoiding spikes and also helping shed a few pounds. It offers not only hydration but also electrolytes that are needed for the body to maintain stability. Lemons are an all around great addition to your diet and household needs. Lemons are usually inexpensive and can be found at the produce section at your local grocer. You can also plant a lemon seed and grow your own lemons. However, if you live in a cool climate it is best to grow this tree indoors to help it thrive. Lemons are small but can provide a strong nutritious punch to your body. Helping the immune system to function properly and enabling it to better fight off an virus you may encounter. Lemon water is tasty and can be premade and stored in the refrigerator. It can also be made in mason jars for a on the go day. However you can fit lemon water into your schedule will be beneficial to your health.

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      Mary Kelly Godley 3 years ago from Ireland

      That's an interesting article. I try to drink water with a squeeze of lemon in it as much as I can. Also I have found that putting a few drops of lemon juice it into a cup of herbal tea gives it a nice twist. I find it compliments camomile and peppermint tea best.