5 Great Reasons to go Suck a Lemon…Everyday


 
When life gives you lemons make lemon water….wait, what? That’s not how it goes. It’s Lemonade dummy. One the easiest and fastest ways to cut calories and lose weight is to watch what you drink; sodas, diet or otherwise, fruit juices, alcohol, and that 700 calorie latte from Starbucks all contain a ton of empty calories. Just by eliminating them or switching to healthy options such as water, green tea or water flavored with lemon or cucumber is much healthier.
 
Interestingly, according to this study in Medical News Today, artificial sweeteners can actual make you fatter.
 
On a side note: I had a friend who drove a shit-box that was always breaking down, but he drank two lattes from Starbucks everyday. I told him that if he bought coffee at Costco he would have enough money to lease a brand new car, to which he replied, “I love my Starbucks!” Change is often hard because most people are addicted to their habits and it’s hard for them to see the bigger picture.
 
Which brings me to the main point of this post. Creating good habits like drinking lemon water. Every morning without fail I squeeze an entire lemon into a glass then add about 8oz of water. I drink it before I do anything else. I use a lemon squeezer, so I don’t have to deal with seeds. It’s better for you if the water is room temperature but I have to admit that sometimes I drink it cold. I’m not perfect!
 
Here are 5 health benefits of drinking lemon water:
 

  1. Helps Liver Eliminate Toxins and Waste Products: the liver has various roles in the body including detoxification, protein synthesis, and production of bio chemicals to aid in proper digestion. Lemon water increases the livers detoxifying enzymes and helps the liver carry out these functions more efficiently.
  2. Lemon Water is Alkalizing: the body functions best in a more alkaline state and cancer cells tend to breed in an acidic body. Unfortunately due to the foods most people eat, the things they expose their skin to, and the environment they live in, most people’s bodies are very acidic. Lemons are alkalizing to the body and blood (although lemons are actually an acidic fruit).
  3. Rich Source of Vitamins and Minerals: rich in vitamin C (anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, & helps immune system), vitamin B (energy production), riboflavin (tissue repair, growth, & development) and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium (these minerals all help build strong bones & teeth).
  4. Terrific for Skin Care: Lemon water can act as an anti-aging remedy by removing wrinkles and improve the overall appearance of your skin. Your skin can’t look healthy if your body is holding onto toxins.
  5. Good for Weight Loss: Lemon water can help burn fat faster. When the liver is full of toxins it can’t metabolize fats as efficiently.

Its best to drink lemon water upon waking for maximum benefit but you can also have it at any point during the day to help your body detox. Try this for one month and see if you notice any differences in your skin, health, and energy. I do it mainly because I believe it helps in the prevention of catching colds.

After drinking the lemon water I stretch for a few minutes…stay tuned for more about stretching in my next post.
 

Instructions:

Cut the two ends off the lemon:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Then slice it down the middle:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Take lemon squeezer and squeeze the two half’s into a glass:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Then add water and enjoy:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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