The Benefits of Lemon in Your Drinking Water
Lemons are considered to be one of the most versatile fruits and have had recognized health benefits for over 4,000 years. The ancient Egyptians used lemons to provide protection from poisons and James Lind, British naval surgeon, began to prescribe a mandatory daily lemon ration to sailors in 1747 to reduce the number of cases of scurvy. Modern medicine research has confirmed that lemons contain iron, copper, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin B1. This means that lemons contain powerful antioxidants which can fight infection and boost immunity. While lemons are a versatile ingredient in cooking and baking, one of the best ways to gain access to these fantastic nutritional benefits is to add lemon to your drinking water.
Adding Lemon to Drinking Water:
For most of us the thought of sucking on a lemon is an unpleasant prospect. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to introduce lemon into your drinking water to ensure that it is both healthy and palatable. Many people have discovered that adding the juice of one lemon to a cup of warm water and drinking it first thing each day is a refreshing and healthy way to start the day. You could also add a squeezed lemon wedge to a glass of cool water as a tasty alternative to soda.
The Health Benefits of Lemons:
There are a number of reported health benefits associated with drinking water with lemon. The warm water lemon drink taken first thing in the morning is said to help to maintain digestion regularity and reduce digestive problems. Drinking lemon water throughout the day is also said to be beneficial in a number of ways. Aside from the fact that you will likely be drinking more water and, therefore, be better hydrated, drinking lemon water has been shown to detox the kidneys and liver, since the nutrients in the lemon dissolve accumulated uric acid and other toxins. The pectin in lemon has also been shown to assist in weight loss since it helps to reduce food cravings. The high vitamin C content in lemons can also be beneficial for your skin. Drinking lemon water is likely to help clear up any blotches or blemishes. Additionally, the antioxidants in lemons can boost collagen production, helping skin to look smooth and soft.
Maximizing the Health Benefits:
If you are looking to really boost the health benefits of adding lemon to your drinking water, be sure to use good quality filtered water. This will ensure that any potentially harmful toxins have been removed, ensuring that the water does not negate the potential health benefits. You should also try to choose organic lemons and ensure that you thoroughly wash the lemon before slicing it for your drink. If you are uncertain about the quality of the lemon rind, you could always squeeze the lemon and simply add the juice to your water. This will then allow you to enjoy the health benefits of the lemon juice without adding any pesticide or fertilizer residue to your drink. So, if you are aiming to boost your health, consider ditching the soda and drinking a glass of refreshing filter water with lemon. You may be very pleasantly surprised at the difference it can make to how you look and feel.
About The Author:
Greg Scott is President of Valparaiso based Miracle/EcoWater Systems, the premier water conditioning company in Northwest Indiana serving the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County areas. A 3rd generation water treatment professional, Greg grew up in the family owned business started by his grandfather in the late fifties. He has made water treatment his life and under his direction and high-standards, the company’s water treatment experience, knowledge, and products are unrivaled in region.