It balances pH--Lemon is an acidic food, but once metabolized, it becomes alkaline. I work very hard at keeping my body alkaline. Why?
To put it most simply, alkalies help keep the oxygen in our blood at a safe pH level, and this helps our body heal itself, assimilate nutrients and fight off unwanted sickness.
I regularly check the pH of my body using these little pH strips. I now know what foods -- GREENS!--will keep my levels where they need to be. I also believe lemon water helps this process.
It keeps skin clear and glowing! I have noticed this. Hydration from drinking lemon water is great for moisturizing our skin from the inside out. Lemon also contains lots of Vitamin C, which helps with wrinkles and blemishes.
It kick starts the digestive system--a big glass of lemon water is a great way to start the day. It encourages the liver to produce bile which in turn aids in digestion. It increases urination which helps purify it. It also helps with heartburn and constipation.
It helps with weight loss--I have read that keeping the body in an alkaline state helps people lose weight faster. Lemons are high in fiber pectin, which helps keep one full, longer. They also have a diuretic effect, which helps with water weight gain.
It helps control the coffee habit--I will drink coffee sometimes, but only if I have had my entire glass of lemon water. Many days I feel like the lemon water wakes me up more than coffee does...
It helps kick the cola habit- adding lemon to sparkling water and adding a whole lot of ice satisfies any soda craving you might have.
"Lemon Spritzer"--lemon +sparkling water+ice--is the perfect solution!
I use 1/2 lemon, add ice to a 24 ounce mason jar, and add water to the top.
So easy fun and easy to use!
I save the second half for a refreshing "Lemon Spritzer" (see #6) later in the day.
Pour freshly squeezed lemon juice over ice.. Ahhh!
*Tip..use a straw to keep the acidic lemon off your teeth.
(Remember, it is acidic until digested, then it turns alkaline)