Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Benefits of Lemon Water

In my quest for a healthier diet and ridding myself of toxins I've been doing some research on raw foods. I came across this article so I think I'm going to start this healthy practice right away!

The Power of Lemon Water

Lemon water helps clean the toxins out of your body. Your skin can't look healthy if your body is holding onto toxins! When you get rid of toxic waste in your system, your skin will show it first! Your skin will be the first thing you notice cause it looks rejuvenated and not sallow or full of acne. However, that's not all the benefits that lemons provide for us! (Another healthy way to get rid of toxins that hold onto your fat and cause visceral fat, is to do a health cleanse!)

Lemon can help relieve many digestion problems when mixed with hot water. These include nausea, heartburn, constipation and parasites. It is even known to help relieve hiccups when consumed as a juice. Lemon juice acts as a liver tonic and helps you digest your food by helping your liver produce more bile. It decreases the amount of phlegm produced by your body. It is also thought to help dissolve gallstones.

Because of its high Vitamin C content, it is used to prevent and treat many infections, hasten wound healing, and diminish allergies. Lemon juice also relieves symptoms of asthma, tonsillitis, and sore throats.

Lemon is a diuretic. This means that lemon water is especially good for people with urinary tract infections. People with arthritis or rheumatism can benefit from consuming lemons because it helps flush out toxins and bacteria. When lemon is mixed with coffee, it also helps eliminate headaches. It is possible that lemon juice cancels out the side effects of the caffeine found in coffee. (Interestingly, caffeine can sometimes be a precursor to headaches but many times, OTC headache medications include caffeine.)

When externally applied, lemon juice poured on a cotton ball and gently applied to the nostrils can stop nose bleeds although this may sting a little. When massaged gently into gums, lemon juice can effectively stop bleeding gums. Lemon juice with glycerin is effective when used on the lips to treat chapped lips. (Don't apply lemon juice however, if the skin on your lips is cracked. Ouch!) Applied on your skin, lemon juice can also help prevent sunburn. Lemons are a key ingredient in effective liver cleanses.

Nutritionally, lemon's potassium content nourishes the brain and nerve cells. Its calcium content builds healthy bones and healthy teeth. Its magnesium, in conjunction with calcium, plays an important part in the formation of blood albumen. Lemon's contain 48.3% potassium, 29.9% calcium, 11.1% phosphorus, and 4.4% magnesium. Lemons have also been used to treat liver disorders, colds, coughs, influenza, diphtheria, fevers and rheumatism.

Water cleanses and purifies your body and also has an alkalizing effect. It is essential to every bodily function at a cellular level. Bottled water has become a staple product of our society, although its not your best choice for water consumption. The water you drink is essential to your existence but we forget how much we rely on it until we don't have it. Then we really miss and crave it. (Think about Hurricane Katrina or the reality show Survivor!)

Lemon is also very good at clarifying your hair to remove hair product build up. For those with dark hair, use lemon juice to add golden and red highlights to your hair. For those with blonde hair, use lemon to lighten your blonde color. To do this, simply squeeze the juice from 1/2 lemon (or more) into your hair and sit out in the sun for an hour. Shampoo and condition afterward for hair that looks shinier, reflects more highlights, and feels fresh and clean!

It is imperative that you get both water and lemon in your diet, if you want to stay healthy and preserve your beauty. When you mix them together to make lemon water, you get a healthy way to replenish and rejuvenate your body.

Start your engine everyday by drinking a glass of room temperature, lukewarm to warm, lemon water first thing every morning! This is a tip from Traditional Chinese Medicine. It's important to start your day with water everyday because of the time lapse between going to bed and getting up. Water hydrates your body naturally. Caffeine found in coffee, dehydrates your body.

If you don’t like lemons, use limes or just drink plenty of fresh water. More than 8 glasses a day is what works well for many people. You just can't get enough of it! My skin looks great (for my age) and I attribute it to the fact that I’ve always consumed lots of water and lemon!

Tips for Choosing and Using Lemons

Lemons should always be room temperature. To extract the most juice and pulp from the lemon, roll the lemon around on a table or the counter a few times.

Don't microwave fresh lemons to get more juice! Why? Microwaves change the polarity of the 'molecular structure on a cellular level' of whatever you're 'nuking'. In other words, it changes the actual structure of whatever you're cooking or heating up. It also destroys a lot of the nutrients in the process. Read more about the harmful effects of microwaves.

Always look for lemons that are bright yellow in color and look fresh. Lemons with a thicker peel, have less pulp and juice. Lemons with thinner skin, have more pulp and more juice. If none of the lemons at your store look fresh, just buy the cutesy little plastic lemons that contain lemon juice. They'll work fine until you can get the 'real thing'!

*Interesting note - If you are considering using RealLemon lemon juice, you should be aware that it contains sulfites. One of my readers wrote in about her bad experience with it. Who knew? I've used this product in the past and never had a bad reaction from it, but if you are allergic to sulfites, this is good information to know. A good substitute would be to use organic lemon juice instead.

Lemon water is easy to fix. Mix the pulp and juice from 1/2 lemon in tepid water and drink!

Remember that lemons and water are still very cheap, compared to other products! Mix up some fresh lemon water today!

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