Thursday, April 16, 2015

lemon water

Seeing as I have a pretty little tab at the top of this page, labeled "hippy stuff", that has been left completely empty; I have decided to do something about it.
Thus, a blog post that will try to convince you to come and dance with mother earth in a breeze of happiness.
OK, that was a joke.
I'm not that weird.
But, seriously, lemon water.
It has so many benefits and we don't even utilize it.
Lemons are so good for you and I have maybe bought one lemon in my life.
Until now.
So here are the fabulous benefits of drinking some lemon water every morning:

1. Lemons are a rich source of Vitamin C. Lemons are great for fighting colds. Because they are high in potassium, lemons help stimulate brain and nerve function and control blood pressure. Lemons are used as a complementary support for asthma and help with other respiratory symptoms as well. These lovely little things can help with iron absorption in the body, which plays an important role in immune function. Boom! Scienced. 
2. Having lemon water in the morning helps flush out toxins. Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. (So keep a bathroom in mind.) Therefore toxins are released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy. The citric acid in lemons helps maximize enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification.
3. It aids in digestion. (But remember to make a gradual change towards lemon water or else your bowels may not be happy.)Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. Lemons encourage the liver to produce the bile that is required for digestion. Lemons are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen toxins, in the digestive tract. The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, belching and bloating. 
4. Balances pH Levels. When inside out bodies, lemons are one of the most alkaline foods. Therefore, drinking lemon water regularly can help remove acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints which causes pain and inflammation.
5. Clears Skins. Throw away your chemical-laden face washes and replace them with a glass of lemon water in the morning. Because it helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes due to the Vitamin C. The alkaline-ness (?) of lemons kill some types of bacteria that are known to cause acne.
6. Energizes. Lemons are one of the only foods that contain more negative charged ions, providing your body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract. The scent of lemon is also energizing and mood enhancing. Lemons also help reduce anxiety and depression.
7. Promotes Healing. Once again, Vitamin C. It helps you recover form stress and injury and promotes wound healing.
8. Freshens Breath. Who doesn't want fresher breath? Well, lemons help with that. They also have been known to help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. BUT. Citric acid can erode tooth enamel. So, drinking through a straw is beneficial. Also, If you are going to brush your teeth, brush them before drinking the lemon water. Additionally, you can rinse your mouth with purified water after you finish your lemon water.
9. Aids in Weight Loss. Yup. For realsies. Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. And, going back to the alkaline-ness (?) of lemons, this helps people to lose weight faster.

HOW TO DO IT: You should be using purified water and it should be lukewarm not scalding hot. You want to avoid ice cold water, since that can be a lot for your body to process and it takes more energy to process ice cold water than the warm. Always use fresh lemons,  never bottled lemon juice. I squeeze 1/2 a lemon with each glass and I drink it down first thing before I eat a single thing, or workout, etc.

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