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Last year after I had a kidney stone, my doctor looked at my follow-up test results and told me I should drink lemon water every day. It was the best news I had ever received in a doctor’s office because lemon water is my favorite drink. It’s what I always order at restaurants and it’s what I serve myself at home whenever I think of it. I add a tablespoon of lemon juice to a big glass of water a few times a day. There are several benefits of lemon water, and it also happens to taste delicious.
Alkalizing Effect of Lemon Water
Although lemons are acidic, lemon juice becomes alkaline in the body through the metabolism process. A highly acidic body is more prone to cancer and other illnesses, so drinking lemon water contributes to a healthier pH balance.
There are many detoxification programs that depend on lemon water as part of the process of removing toxins from the liver. Lemon juice is a diuretic, so by regularly drinking lemon water you will assist your body in flushing out toxins before they have a chance to build up and cause problems.
Improved Immune System
Lemon juice is one of the most highly antioxidant juices. Its vitamin C can help to diminish cold and flu symptoms, and it contains several other vitamins and minerals to improve health.
By cleaning out toxins, lemon juice can have the added benefit of healthy, glowing skin and a reduction in wrinkles. It also helps kill bacteria on the skin that can cause acne.
Increased Fluid Intake
Lemon water is delicious and refreshing, so it encourages you to drink more. The Institute of Medicine recommends that men should drink about 13 cups of fluid per day and women should drink about 9 cups per day.
My lemon juicer broke a few months ago, so I invested in a great new juicing device. I love how easy this Chef’n juicer is to use and how much juice it extracts from the lemon. To make sure you always have lemon juice ready to serve, squeeze several lemons and pour the juice into an ice cube tray. Store the cubes in an airtight container in the freezer and pull a few out each day.
Do you drink lemon water regularly? What other things do you drink to keep you healthy? I’d love to hear from you.