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What are the Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water?

Updated on June 7, 2018
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Sharon is a certified Human Resources Manager with a passion for health topics, food, non-fiction books and writing

Add lemon water to your diet and enjoy the health benefits
Add lemon water to your diet and enjoy the health benefits

A Squeeze of Lemon

Lemons are a fruit that is full of healthy goodness but how do you get the most benefit from a lemon? They have a sour taste so eating them as they are is not very appealing. I find the easiest way to take advantage of the nutrients in a lemon is to squeeze it into a nice cold glass of water.

When you squeeze a fresh lemon the pulp is also added to the water and you have a fresh glass of lemonade without the sugar. It is not sweet, but you will get used to it and it is very refreshing. I find it more enjoyable now than just plain water. The lemon squeeze adds that little extra taste.

I started drinking lemon water at the suggestion of my athletic therapist and I am so happy that I took her advice. I had been having back problems and she couldn't find anything really wrong with my back and decided it was likely "organic". She explained that all your organs are attached to your spine and things could get pulled around inside.

Cleansing your Liver and Gall Bladder

I have gallstones and this was confirmed by an incidental ultrasound discovery. I had no symptoms whatsoever. I saw a surgeon who basically said if it's not bothering you there is no point in removing your gall bladder. I was happy to hear but of course, I am still carrying around this bag of stones everywhere I go. This can't be healthy.

My therapist recommended a book call the Liver and Gall bladder cleanse. It's a natural way of flushing the stones out of your gall bladder. Even though I have no symptoms; having stones in your gall bladder is not a good thing and may certainly impede the optimal functioning of my digestive system.

The cleanse is a very involved process and I have yet to try it so in the interim I started drinking lemon water and I noticed changes right away.

Drinking Water and Fresh Lemon

My Experience with Drinking Lemon Water Routinely

When you change something about your diet you usually find your body reacts strongly at first. It may not always be pleasant but you will need to soldier through these changes as your body adjusts. The outcome is certainly worth it.

The first week I started drinking the lemon water I will admit I didn't feel well. I experienced an immediate change and without going into too much of a description - I was visiting the washroom quite a bit for both reasons!

Flushing out Your Digestive System

I noticed a change in bowel habit that indicated I was flushing out bile. Gallstones are formations of hardened bile and it became quite apparent that the lemon water was flushing out my digestive system. Everything had turned green and I was not eating more green vegetables (green bowel movements can happen when you eat a lot of greens). The only aspect of my diet that had changed was the addition of lemon water.

Adjusting to the Change in Diet

I had an nauseous type feeling for the first week but then it turned around. My body adjusted to the change in my diet and it appeared the "stuff" that was being flushed out had lessened. I was amazed. Drinking lemon water regularly energizes me. It makes me feel thirsty for more water which is a good thing because I am notorious for not drinking enough water. Now my body craves it and I have started to drink more water naturally without feeling like I have to or should.

How Much Lemon Water should you Drink?

My routine is to cut a lemon in half and squeeze it into a large (2 cups) glass of water. I have this in the morning and then another large glass with the other half lemon at night before bed.

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The Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

Lemons are good for you but they are not the easiest fruit to add to your diet. Unlike other citris fruits, like oranges, they are tart and not very appetizing. The best way to enjoy their health benefits naturally is to squeeze all that goodness into a glass of water. You will also get the pulp in your water and that makes it a pure and natural drink.

Here are some of the major benefits of drinking lemon water on a regular basis:

  1. Keeps you in a healthy alkaline state. Citrus is acidic but turns to alkaline in the body.
  2. Keeps your skin healthy and bright.
  3. Good for the liver and digestive system. Flushes out toxins.
  4. Helps to prevent the formation of liver, kidney and gallstones.
  5. Keeps the body hydrated and energized.
  6. A natural medicine, lemon and water has antibacterial as well as antiviral properties.
  7. Combats inflammation in the body.

Water Infusers - Add some taste to your water

If don't care for the taste of plain there are healthy alternatives. If you find it hard to drink what you should every day, perhaps a water infuser is the way to go? You can also infuse your water on your own without an infuser.

Great Ingredients for Infusing

Fruit: Berries (either frozen or fresh), melon, tropical fruits, citrus, apples, pears

Vegetables: carrots, cucumber, celery, fennel

Herbs: thyme, mint, basil, cilantro, rosemary

Spices: cardamom, fresh ginger, cloves, vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks

Edible flowers: violets, lavender, citrus blossoms, hibiscus, pansies

The water itself can be filtered water but it can be tap water or bottled spring water. Whatever your normally drink.

To Infuse Your Water You Will Need:

Large bottles with lids, or small mason jars for individual portions.

Fruits or vegetables (peeled or unpeeled) and herbs/spices of your choice

Method:

Thinly slice or cube your ingredients

Add the prepared fruit, herbs, spices and veggies to your bottle and fill it with cold water.

Allow the water to sit (the longer it sits the better the flavor).

Citrus infuses quite readily but the herbs and berries will take a little longer. Just watch for the colour of the water to change, this will occur when the berries start to infuse.

You can leave it at room temperature for awhile but if you are not drinking it right away it is best to put it in the fridge.

I find it hard to drink enough water because, let's face it, it's not terribly tasty.

Currently I squeeze a lemon into my water and I enjoy it more with that little kick of lem

Infusers appear to be a great idea or just do it yourself as above. You can use a variety of ingredients for a variety of flavours. This is much healthier than juices you buy in the store that are chock full of sugar.

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© 2013 Sharon Bellissimo

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    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I am in the midst of a terrible cold and sitting here sipping a hot honey lemon and water drink. These are keeping my throat soothed somewhat from all the coughing. Lemons truly are a miracle food.

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      Loraine Brummer 

      5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Very interesting. I'm going to give it a try.

    • MarcStorm LM profile image

      MarcStorm LM 

      5 years ago

      Lemon is definitely the way to go. I've heard that sailors, explorers, etc, back centuries ago, used to keep lemons on board to stave off scurvy. Lemons absolutely fight ailments & have healthy attribtues. I remember when I was younger and my mom had a glass bottle of lemon juice for cooking and I kept taking shots of it until I didn't want anymore and sure enough, later in life, the taste etc.(lemon's healthy toxins) came back to help fight off some stuff. I'm what you would call an anomaly! lol Also, when I'm not drinking water, I'm drinking sprite(lemon & lime soda) but yeah I really need to eat more fruits and veggies and was just recently thinking of getting a container of lemon juice! Great lens!

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      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I've always believed lemon water to be healthy for you but didn't know of its effect on gallstones till now. Thanks for the new info :)

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      ChristyZ 

      5 years ago

      Very interesting to learn about the health benefits!

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      Frischy 

      5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I enjoy squeezing some lemon into my water. I just let the fruit float around in my glass with the ice cubes. I have never used this much lemon at one time though. It sounds like it would be worth a try! Just think of all the great vitamins and antioxidants you are getting when you do this! And zero calories, basically! Much cheaper than soda! Win. Win. Win!!

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