When life gives you lemons, say thanks!
When life gives me lemons, I make lemon water! Ok, so it may not be as fun as lemonade but squeezing lemon into your water boasts an array of amazing health benefits. Do we dare call it Lemon-Aid?
Simply squeeze half a fresh lemon into 8-12 ounces of filtered water. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning maximizes the cleansing and health benefits.
Lemons Aid Immune Function
This classic citrus is packed with Vitamin C, which supports your immune system. One cup of fresh lemon juice provides 187 percent of your daily-recommended serving of vitamin C. Lemon also stimulates white blood cell production to further strengthen your immune system. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from oxidative damage, otherwise known as aging!
Lemons Aid Energy Levels
Lemon juice is not only refreshing it’s revitalizing. When the negatively charged ions in lemon enter your digestive tract it boosts energy.
Lemons Aids in Digestion
Lemon juice’s atomic structure is similar to the digestive juices found in the stomach. This similarity tricks the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving through your body so that your gastrointestinal tract runs smoothly and draws out absorption. Accordingly, lemon juice improves nutrient absorption. Lemons also contain potassium; low levels of potassium interfere with digestion and can cause fatigue. Lemon juice also steadies insulin levels.
Lemons Aid in Detoxification
Lemon juice is a mild diuretic. As such, it helps the urinary tract flush out unwanted toxins. Lemons also benefit enzyme functions in your body, including stimulating the liver, which is the organ responsible for getting rid of toxins in the body.
Caution: Please keep in mind that lemon juice is acidic and can aggravate some gastrointestinal issues, such as acid reflux or GERD. Its also important to protect your teeth from the acid by rinsing with water after drinking lemon juice.
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