It is one of the most simple and healthy ways to start the day and has SO many benefits!
Lemon water, yes you guessed it, is simply lemon squeezed into water. Although there are some tasty different ways of making it (see below).
The first thing to note, just to clear up any misconceptions, is it is ALKALISING! But I can hear you say, Lemons are acidic! Yeah, they are, in their raw form.
But we are interested in how they are once they are consumed. It is one of the few alkaline fruits. It has extremely low sugar content and it is high in alkaline minerals. So, it has an alkalising effect on the body.
16 Incredible Benefits of Lemon Water
- Metabolism: Ignites your metabolism and gets you burning fat.
- Energy Boost: Provides your body with energy as soon as it enters your digestive tract.
- Alkaline Superstar: A gentle form of alkalising the body.
- Cleanse Your System: Used first thing in the morning helps flush out toxins ready for removal from your sleep processes.
- Boosts Iron Absorption: Improves your absorption of iron from plant foods!
- Immune Boosting: A rich source of vitamin C which protects the body against immune system deficiencies
- Helps Fight Viral Infections: helps to kill off viruses, helps prevent and shorten the common cold
- Anti-Biotic: flavonoids have antibiotic effects – helping prevent the growth of bacteria that cause infections and diseases
- Heart Health: Research shows that eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke
- Mood Enhancement: Helps lift anxiety and depression (even the scent has a calming effect) as well as nourishing and protecting brain and nerve cells.
- Potassium Boost: Helps maintain normal blood pressure, promotes relaxation and nervous system functioning.
- Arthritis: Protection against inflammatory polyarthritis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Important Bile Production: aids digestion and encourages production of bile
- Liver Health: Helps to strengthen the liver by providing energy to liver enzymes
- Skin Cleansing: Prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne – due to the high antioxidant content.
- Eye Health: Maintains the health of the eyes and your eyesight!
Lemon Water Recipes
It’s best to drink Lemon Water first thing in the morning and then wait 15 mins before eating anything. This will give it a chance to cleanse out your digestive system.
The basic recipe is:
- Warm Water
- ½ Squeezed Lemon
Simple as that! But there are a couple of special tips to make it super effective.
Top 3 Lemon Water Tips
Tip #1 – Use Pure Water (not tap!)
I recommend that you get pure water from a decent filter. You can get this very effectively through our Ninja Jug. This jug is unique, in that it will filter out all the nasties from tap water, then ADD BACK IN beneficial alkaline minerals.
Tip #2 – Get Good Quality Lemons
Go for ORGANIC if possible. Make sure the skin is THICK and it is a nice full YELLOW colour. Make sure it is not overripe, being all wrinkled.
Tip #3 – Enhance Your Drink with Special Ingredients
We have made the Lemon Water recipe a little more interesting on our RECIPE SITE here.
We have infused more flavour and added some additional health boosting ingredients.
Tip #4 – Time Saving Tip – Freeze Your Lemon
Having lemon ice cubes ready is a fantastic way to add lemon to your water fast. Simply squeeze fresh lemon juice into ice cube trays and freeze. Drop a few cubes into a glass of cold or hot water as needed.
Get the Lemon Party Started!
This is a delicious, nourishing way to start the day!
BUT, don’t forget to keep drinking alkaline water during the day with the Ninja Jug!!!
If you have ANY QUESTIONS, just ask them in the comments below and I’ll reply to them as soon as possible!
Here are just a small sample of the scientific studies about Lemons.
Ann Intern Med. 2001 Jun 19;134(12):1106-14. The effect of fruit and vegetable intake on risk for coronary heart disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11412050
Stroke. 2000 Oct;31(10):2287-94. Serum vitamin C concentration was inversely associated with subsequent 20-year incidence of stroke in a Japanese rural community. The Shibata study. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11022052
J Agric Food Chem. 2012 Sep 12;60(36):8809-22. doi: 10.1021/jf300669s. Epub 2012 Jun 1. Citrus flavanones: what is their role in cardiovascular protection? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22574825
Br J Nutr. 1987 May;57(3):331-43. The effects of fruit juices and fruits on the absorption of iron from a rice meal. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3593665
Relationship between iron status and dietary fruit and vegetables based on their vitamin C and fiber content.