When Life Gives You Lemons: 7 Ways Fresh Lemon Water Can Help You Get Healthy Starting Today

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Most people are familiar with the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” This advice is meant to encourage you to make the best of what initially may appear to be a bad situation, or at least not the outcome you were expecting. The good news is that if you do end up with lemons, there are plenty of ways that fresh lemon juice can help improve your health—inside and out.

Listed below are a week’s worth of different benefits you may experience using lemon water. Try one each day to see which ones work best for you!

 

1. Weight Loss

Losing weight has become a national pastime. Just about everyone believes they need to drop a few pounds, and many people struggle with morbid obesity. With the abundance of diets, packaged food plans, and special supplements and pills that never really work, would you believe a simple squeeze of lemon juice in your water could really help you lose weight? Lemons contain a fiber called pectin that can make you feel full for longer periods of time. When you feel full, you are less likely to reach for foods that will throw you off your diet plan.

 

2. Clear Skin

Many a cosmetic company has made a fortune promising to clear up troubled skin and make aging complexions look young again. These products don’t come cheap, and there are no guarantees. The simple act of consuming fresh lemon water on a regular basis provides you with antioxidants from its high level of vitamin C. This helps you to fight the free radicals that can play havoc with your skin. Not only will lemon water help to correct acne and simple rashes, it helps your body generate more collagen, which helps to reduce aging and wrinkles that can make skin appear older.

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3. Urinary Tract Infections

If you’ve been the recipient of a urinary tract infection (UTI), you know that they can be inconvenient, annoying, and sometimes painful. Some UTIs can become serious, especially in the elderly, if left undiagnosed. In order to cut down on your chances of contracting a UTI, a simple glass of fresh lemon water each day will help keep your urinary tract clear. The more you are able to urinate, the less your chances of generating bacteria that will result in an infection.

 

4. Kidney Stones

Everyone who has had a kidney stone will agree that it is an extremely painful ordeal. The problem is, you don’t know that you have one until you begin to feel the pain from the jagged little stone. There are several causes of kidney stones, but one of the most common is having high levels of uric acid in your body. Some of the foods that contribute to these levels include sugar, coffee, and chocolate, items many people consume on a regular basis. Drinking fresh lemon juice in water every day will reduce the acidity levels in your urine, which inhibits kidney stones from forming. This is the simplest way to ward off a situation that could ultimately result in a procedure called lithotripsy to break down stones, a painful stent in the ureter to let them pass, or even surgery.

 

5. Build Your Immunity System

The first thing many people reach for when they feel a cold coming on is a good dose of vitamin C. Just one cup of fresh water with lemon juice in it has 180 times more vitamin C than the recommended daily dose. Lemon water helps to increase your white blood cell count, helping you to fight other common infections.

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6. Detox Your Body

If you want to be kind to your liver and help it to do its job (which is to maintain the cleanliness of your body), try drinking a glass of water with fresh lemon juice in it. The lemon juice increases the bile in your system, which you need to digest your food. The juice also helps to oversee excess bile so the digestive tract doesn’t become impaired. The addition of lemon water to your diet helps your liver work at a higher level in removing the toxins from your body.

 

7. Heart Healthy

Many heart problems stem from high cholesterol levels. Getting these levels under control can help reduce the cholesterol particles in the LDL levels from oxidizing. Controlled cholesterol levels can also help to prevent you from having a stroke. Once again, adding fresh lemon water to your daily regimen will help bring your cholesterol numbers back where they should be.

 

With all of these great tips on how to enhance your life with lemons, how much do you need for maximum effectiveness? The recommended recipe is the juice of half of a lemon, or 1 tablespoon of juice, mixed into an 8-ounce glass of water. Some people add their lemon juice to warm water and consume it first thing in the morning. If you desire, you can add a spoonful of honey to your water to make it more palatable. Any chance you get to add lemon to your water or other beverages throughout the day will just add even more benefits.

 

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If you are serious about adding lemons to your water daily, you won’t have to worry about running out if you grow your own fruit. You can grow lemons either indoors or outside. All you need are the seeds from an organic lemon, some good potting soil, a pot for your seedling (12” deep by 24” wide) and a sunny window. Keep the soil moist and fertilize with an organic product.

References:

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov