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Chemical-Free Power Drink: Lemon Water

Chemical-Free Power Drink: Lemon Water

By Kristen Mucci-Mosier

Created: 06/14/2013
Last Updated: 02/25/2019

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Bored of plain old water? Why not try adding lemon to it? It will not only boost the taste, but the health benefits as well. A common recommendation in Traditional Chinese Medicine is to begin each day with a glass of water with fresh-squeezed lemon (extra bonus if it's luke warm or room temperature). Lemon water is alkalizing for the body, ridding it of acidity that can have harmful affects on digestion, liver function and skin health.

This simple power drink contains vitamin C, vitamin B, riboflavin and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. It helps digestion, cleanses and stimulates the liver and kidneys, offers relief from a sore throat, diminishes acne symptoms and acts as a natural diuretic to flush toxins from the body and assist in weight loss.

Tips:

Slice lemon and add it to a pitcher of water for an attractive and healthy drink to serve to guests

If you're including the rind, opt for organic lemons or wash really well to avoid pesticides

At a restaurant, simply squeeze the lemon in your water and leave the rind out to avoid pesticides and germs from being handled by employees

Keep lemons at room temperature for the biggest benefits

Don't microwave your water with lemon in it; it can lose some of its nutritional benefits

Squeeze a lemon in your water bottle before heading off to the gym

Do you have other tips to share? Please comment below.

Comments

My wife swears by lemon water.

This is an awesome tip! It contains vitamin C so it will definitely help boost our immune system, I also like the fact that it helps in weight loss. It is easy to do so I'll definitely try this.

- L. Hutch,

I have a small Meyer lemon tree. During cold/flu season, I put the entire lemon in my Vitamix, add Smart water, juice the entire contents and drink as is. It has saved me from catching the typical cold/flu. It is an amazing energy drink.
Don't have a tree - order from the Lemon Lady in Ca or any online source. Pesticide free - totally organic.

why limit it to lemons? use limes or oranges or all of the above. Served in a pitcher, an attractive addition to a dinner party.

A friend of mine recently told me that she drinks her lemon water every morning and it has taken away her intestinal problems.

I have been drinking water with a slice of lemon regularly now, and I love it. Very refreshing.

I am going to try lemon water due to desperation... I really need to get rid of menopusal hot flushes!!

Lemon water is great and I love how it energises and can sometimes even subsidise coffee for me.
However, I recently realised that it is even more important to be watching of what is the quality of the water I am drinking. Switching to natural mineral water made me feel a lot more refreshed and healthier. I used to have problems with hair falling out and once I switched to drinking only natural mineral water, the problem disappeared! Highly recommend lemon water, but most of all, drinking natural mineral water!

I like drinking it hot

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