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Lemon Water

Drinking lemon water daily can have amazing health benefits. Primarily, it pushes out toxins through the liver and kidney, while also making your body more alkaline.

 


Advantages

  • Rich source of vitamin C: also contain vitamin B6 (nerve health),  potassium (regulate blood pressure), magnesium (bone and muscle strength)

  • Helps in losing weight:  polyphenol antioxidant 

  • Improve the skin health: vitamin C which is present in the lemons can prevent the skin from losing its natural moisture 

  • Helps in better digestion: acids in lemon can help you break down food in your stomach

  • Helps in hydrating the body:  high mineral content

  • Prevention of kidney stones: citrate which forms one of the major constituents of citric acid definitely helps in reducing the acidic nature of the urine and therefore helps in the breakdown of the stones.

  • Leads to frequent urination: diuretic effect

  • Contains lutein and zeaxanthin: antioxidants that protect against eye diseases

 

 Disadvantages

  • Can affect the dental health: dental erosiom due to the acidic content. Rinse your mouth with plain water afterwards to avoid this.

  • May increase canker sore outbreaks

  • May increase headaches: due to detoxing; you need to take binders

  • Can cause heartburn or acid reflux

So if you are looking for a simple way to improve your health, adding lemon juice to a glass of water, may be what you need.  There are many ways to do this. The easiest way is to squeeze the juice directly into your water. Or you can do it up fancy by adding lemon slices to your water, let it sit for a few hours and then drink it.


However the most effective way to maximize benefits, is to add an entire lemon (peel and all) with water to a blender. Pulverize until smooth. It will be tangy and bitter (due to peel) but the health benefits are enormous relative to just using the juice.

In addition to the lemon juice benefits listed above, the lemon peel also:

·        Has antimicrobial and antifungal properties

·        May promote heart health: due to the presence of flavonoids and pectin (can reduce cholesterol)

·        May treat gallstones: the peel has D-Limonene

·        May boost your immune system: high flavonoid and Vitamin C

 

Drinking lemon water anytime with or without food, is beneficial.  But for maximum benefits, it is best to drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. You will need to experiment a bit to find the proper amount of lemon to add to your water. You can start with a half teaspoon in a glass of water and see if you can tolerate more. The more lemon, the more effective it will be. You can add honey to make it more palatable.


This elixir is truly a powerful health drink and so simple to incorporate into a daily regimen.

It will help you to lose weight, boost metabolism, rid the body of toxins, and even reduce illness by making you more alkaline.


Try it for a week and let me know your results.


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