Friday, January 28, 2011

Love for Lemons

Did you know drinking water with fresh squeezed lemon juice is one of the simplest, cheapest and most beneficial things you can do for your body? 

Read up on my Top 3 Reasons why...

1) Lemon water helps clear toxins from your body, especially when consumed at room temperature, first thing in the morning. It stimulates cleansing of the liver and kidneys, plus aids the bowels in eliminating waste more efficiently. We can all use a little (or a lot of) help in those areas...weight loss, youthful glow and clear skin anyone?

2) Although lemons are an acidic fruit, they have an alkalizing effect on the body and help raise the  bodies pH balance. This is extremely important because many of the foods we eat (meat, dairy, bread, coffee, sugar, alcohol) are very acidic, which throws off our pH and causes inflammation. Inflammation is the precursor to disease, fatigue, acne and other maladies...ugh! Drink up!

3) Lemons are a rich source of Vitamin C, which has been proven to boost your immune system and combat colds and seasonal allergies, naturally. Plus, the acid in lemons cuts through mucus congestion in an amazing way. I have used lemon water to eliminate the yucky stuff on several occasions and I believe it has stopped colds from developing. Thankfully, I rarely get them these days!

As I mentioned, it's awesome to drink lemon water first thing in the morning because your body is in detox mode while you are sleeping, so why not assist the process? Drinking any water room temperature or even warm, is more easily absorbed and utilized by the body. The theory is that cold water is somewhat of a shock to your body and causes the blood vessels around the stomach to shrink.

Lemon water is super easy and quick to make, simply squeeze half of a fresh lemon in your water and enjoy! If you would like, you can even use a teaspoon of organic lemon juice, that can be purchased in most health food stores. 

Cheers to your health!

PS) Limes are just as good! I personally love the taste of limes and it's nice to switch up the flavors.

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