What are the Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water?
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.
Lemon Water - Have your say....
Do you like lemon water
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:
- Keeps you in a healthy alkaline state. Citrus is acidic but turns to alkaline in the body.
- Keeps your skin healthy and bright.
- Good for the liver and digestive system. Flushes out toxins.
- Helps to prevent the formation of liver, kidney and gallstones.
- Keeps the body hydrated and energized.
- A natural medicine, lemon and water has antibacterial as well as antiviral properties.
- 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
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.
Have you tried a Water Infuser?
© 2013 Sharon Bellissimo