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Lemon is a super fruit in disguise. Add the juice to water and create a wonder drink that nourishes and hydrates your body, boosts your energy, and may even help you losing weight. Drink lemon water before breakfast and it will help you detoxify and regulate your metabolism. There are - at least - 11 reasons to make it a habit to drink lemon water.
How to prepare lemon water
Let's start with 'how to', first. Lemon water in the morning is best for your body, if it is warm - not hot and not cold. Heat will destroy valuable vitamins.
To drink lemon water before breakfast, heat water to a point that it feels warm to your fingertips. Add juice of 1/2 lemon to one cup of water. Sweeten with honey or stevia, if you like and drink slowly.
During the day drink lemon water as home made 'lemonade' - cold and with ice, if you like.
11 good reasons to make drinking lemon water a habit
Nutrients: Lemon has a lot of nutritional value. It is low in calories and a good source for vitamin C and folate, as well as potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
PH-value: Lemon water creates an alkaline effect in your body and raises your PH-value. Studies show that the higher your PH-value, the better your body is able to fight illnesses.
Detox: Lemon water in the morning stimulates your whole metabolism. It encourages your liver to set toxins free, cleanses your liver, and stimulates bile production. In addition it cleanses blood and arteries. This way it is one of the best things to do for detoxifying your body.
Digestion and bowl movement: Lemon water in the morning encourages bowl movement.
Weight loss: Lemon water may help you losing weight, helping burn more fat and calories. Drink lemon water before every meal.
Skin: Lemon is a strong antioxidant that fights free radicals. In addition ascorbic acid helps your skin to be more elastic and have a youthful and healthy glow.
Depression and anxiety: Due to its high level of potassium, lemon water may even help with anxiety and depression. Both are often causes by potassium deficit.
Infections: Lemon has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps to fight infections.
Gout: Lemon water dilutes uric acid and washes out toxins, this way helping with gout.
Heart Burn: Due to its alkaline effect, lemon water may help with acid reflux.
Start today! Make drinking lemon water a habit!
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Dr. Angela C. Fritz