BENEFITS OF LEMON WATER
Lemons are acidic outside the body, but become alkaline once mixed with saliva and other gastric fluids inside the body. Lemon water, or lemon juice diluted in water, delivers the benefits of the lemon without direct risk to the enamel on your teeth. Remember to rinse afterwards as an extra precaution.
· Boosts immune system: Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds. Vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals linked to aging and many diseases.
· Balances pH levels: Lemons are alkalizing for the body. Lemons begin acidic but they are alkaline-forming on body fluids and help helps to restore balance to the body’s pH.
· Aids digestion and elimination: The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen toxins in the digestive tract.
· Supports liver function: “The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile,” according to Jethro Kloss in the book Back to Eden. Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier.
· Provides super nutrients: Many consider lemon to be a super-food. The peel contains the potent phytonutrient tangeritin, which has been proven to be effective for brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease. Lemon juice also offers electrolytes and minerals potassium, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium.
· Provides healthy negative ions: According to The Reams Biological Ionization Theory (RBTI),
the lemon is the ONLY food in the world that is anionic (an ion with a negative charge). All other foods are cationic (positively charged ion.) This makes it extremely useful to your health, as it is the interaction between anions and cations that ultimately provides all cell energy.
· Affords natural antibacterial properties: Lemon water helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that causes infection and diseases. Some experiments found the juice of lemons destroys intestinal worms, parasites, and the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other diseases.
· Provides relief from related aches and pains: Water with lemon helps reduce pain and inflammation in knees and other joints. The citric acid in lemon juice is believed to help liquefy gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones.
· Strengthens blood vessels: The Vitamin P, a bioflavonoid in lemons, helps to prevent internal hemorrhaging. Rutin, another bioflavonoid, is purported to help prevent stroke and heart disease, and it is useful in treating high blood pressure.
· Supports vision health: The symptoms of eye disorders, including diabetic retinopathy have been shown in research to improve due to the rutin found in lemons.
· Helps prevent cancer: Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds, including naturally occurring limonene oil, which slows or halts the growth of cancer tumors in animals, and flavonol glycosides, which stop cell division in cancer cells.
When to drink it?
Warm lemon water in the morning, 15 to 30 minutes before breakfast, is the most optimal time of day for this amazing tincture. It helps get you moving in the morning, encourages bowel activity, and helps normalize appetite throughout the day. The liver and kidneys work overnight to clean up in preparation for the activities of the next day. War lemon water first thing in the morning helps those important internal organs remove that waste.
How to make it?
The key to getting all the benefits of lemon water is to make your lemon water properly. Start with quality water, either natural spring or purified, and bring to near boiling point (no micro-waves). Squeeze the juice of half a lemon (preferably organic) into the cup. Finally, zest some of the lemon peel and add the half lemon into the cup. Allow it to steep for a few minutes. After 5 to 10 minutes, the lemon water is fully infused, at drinking temperature, and ready to enjoy.
If you already drink or begin drinking warm lemon water, share the benefits your experience with us in the comments section. Looking forward to hearing from you!