One of the first questions people ask me, is why do I have to drink so much water? How much is enough? How does adding freshly squeezed lemon benefit my immune system? And why is lemon water an essential key ingredient for our health?
Why Drink so Much Water?
Water makes up 70 % of the body and it is required for human survival and all body functions including movement. Water hydrates our cells and allows the internal absorption and transportation of vitamins and nutrients into our muscles, nerves, cells, tissues, and organs for everyday activities.
Studies suggest a minimum of 8 glasses of water while others suggest 12 or more glasses of water. This does not mean you must drink 8 glasses of water itself. This includes drinks such as teas, coffee, and infused waters. You may notice that your local banks, health stores, local businesses and even parks offer water with cups and water for pets.
Why is this important? Water helps to maintain strong emotional and mental function, and it supports digestion and helps stimulate bile keeping fluids moving promoting effective elimination from our bodies. Lemon added to water cleanses the body and helps to detoxify it so it can perform.
Lemon and Water Together Make For A Powerful Health Punch
By adding lemon, (preferably organic freshly squeezed lemon) we are adding a power boost of efficiency. It is like hiring a personal assistant to help our bodies rid itself of the chemicals and the build-up of unnatural substances that are unkind and harmful to our bodies. Lemon helps relieve indigestion and ease an upset stomach. It encourages the body to process the good stuff in foods more slowly helping to support more steady blood sugar levels and better nutrient absorption. It further stimulates white blood cell production vital for immune system function and it has potassium, magnesium, and copper all needed by the body. It helps to reduce headaches, boost your energy and mood, and it is great for the elasticity in your skin.
You may have heard last week that Tim McGraw fainted on stage. This was due to dehydration. You may recall the warnings for seniors, immune compromised people and children to assure they drink enough water and are in cool environments to avoid dehydration and exhaustion.
For instance, lemon juice is high in vitamin C, a strong antioxidant that helps keep the immune system strong, and prevents and fights disease.
One fluid ounce (30 ml) of lemon juice actually provides around 23% of your daily vitamin C requirements.
What’s more, drinking a vitamin-C-rich beverage, such as lemon water, with meals may help increase your absorption of some minerals, including iron.
Lemon juice also contains small amounts of antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of heart disease by strengthening blood vessels, reducing inflammation and preventing the accumulation of plaque very effective for people with pre-diabetes and with Type 1, 1.5, and Type 2 Diabetes.
In addition, some studies report that regularly consuming lemon juice may help prevent the formation of certain types of kidney stones.
Not having enough water or losing to much water through exercise, sweating, medications, overworking and not replenishing, and or illness ie diarrhea this causes the body to shut down causing muscle cramping and even loss of consciousness.
Take Home Message
Lemon juice has an acidic pH before it is digested. However, once metabolized by the body, it produces alkaline by-products. Since most of the foods we eat and drink area acidic and since so many everyday products ie hair and skin care, daily cleaning items and products are acidic, it is important to neutralize the pollutants. One of the best ways to do that is with fresh organic lemon added to water.
These alkaline by-products work hard to combat the acid in your body. Acidity is at the root of disease and imbalance. By adding fresh lemon to water, you interrupt the acid producing effects working hard to support your immune system to be stronger and healthier. Why not try the benefits of lemon water today and give your body a much-needed boost?
Cheryl Ivaniski, D. Ac., C.H., RDH is a Health Authority and a Wellness Strategist. She inspires, empowers and educates people in a way that heightens their awareness to live their best quality of life. To learn more about Living Vibrantly Well with Cheryl’s Coaching Programs connect here.