Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Living with Lemons

Last night at my WW meeting, my leader talked to us about gaining weight over the holidays and how we can detox our bodies and get back on track. She told us about drinking warm lemon water and how many different weight-loss programs suggest doing this. I went home intrigued by this detox idea and started researching it. I learned that drinking lemon water has many benefits! Here are the benefits I read about from various articles:
  • Lemons boost the immune system with their vitamin C and also purify the blood and improve the body's ability to get rid of toxins.
  • Helps stave off the common cold and flu.
  • A healthy liver that works effeciantly
  • It may help dissolve gallstones
  • It can work as a headache remedy
  • It will help clear the skin, removing dead skin, wrinkles, and blackheads and also has anti-aging properties.
  • Healthier hair and nails
  • It can help prevent heartburn
  • Aids in quicker digestion
  • Prevents constipation
  • Helps fight infections of the throat
  • Helps aid respiratory diseases, such as asthma
  • Used in dental care as it can cure a toothache, bleeding gums, and relieves bad breath.
  • Aids in weight-loss through increased rate of metabolism

I'm am not sure if I believe that drinking lemon water every day will give you all of the benefits listed above, but several articles that I read online (ha!) stated the above. I don't believe everything I read online by any means and I don't think you should either! I do, however, believe that drinking lemon water daily will aid my immune system to do what it should, aid my liver to help clean me out and keep me regular, and that drinking it will help clear my skin. I think it would be fantastic if it helped keep my asthma under control, especially in these winter months that it tends to be a little worse, but I'm not going to count on it. One article I read stated that drinking lemon water every morning will eventually give you the energy you'd normally get from a morning cup of coffee. I don't drink coffee, but I do sometimes have a Diet Coke in the morning for a little boost. I'd love to give that up!

I just drank my first glass of warm lemon water with my lunch. I had to go to the store to buy the lemons, otherwise I would have had it this morning. I read on several articles that drinking it at night is the way to go, several other articles said first thing in the morning. So it seems that time of day doesn't matter as much as just doing it.

Here's the recipe!

  • One glass of warm water. Not hot, not cold, just warm. I put about 14 ounces into my glass and warmed it up a little in the microwave, just to make it lukewarm. Have at least 8 ounces of water, dilute it as much as you'd like though.

  • 1/2 lemon, juiced.

  • Put the lemon juice into the water and drink it. 


Stay tuned on this subject. As I drink my lemon water daily I may have some reports for you!


My disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, nor do I pretend to be one. This article is of my opinion only and I do not claim any of it to be factual with the exception that my WW leader spoke of this and that I'll be drinking lemon water daily for awhile! Speak with your doctor if you have questions about drinking lemon water and its benefits.


Sandy said...

Wow, I never knew that drinking lemon water had that many healthy benefits.

Eve said...

Sounds like a good idea! I think I might try this too. I love your blog - congratulations on your weight loss - so awesome! And very inspiring! =)

Laura said...

I know that when I did that after eating poorly for something (it was awhile back) it helped me get rid of the water retention that I had from the salty foods, etc. I've tried it a couple of times and it really does work. I'm curious if it would work to use lemon juice from the bottle? I'm a tad too poor to buy lemons just now. Hmmm... :)

Lucy K said...

I went to the grocery store and bought my lemons. I will start the "lemon cleansing" tomorrow and will let you know how it goes. I am hoping it dilutes all the salt and sugar that I have consumed! :)

Tammy said...

That's interesting stuff. I wonder why warm lemon water over cold lemon water. Even if some of the benefits are true, it sounds like a good idea. Thanks for sharing and good luck with your cleanse/detox.

Liz said...

Drinking lemon water right now!!! I am interested to see the results!

Connie said...

I started drinking lemon water after I saw it on that Thintervention show. Instead of lemons...I buy organic Lemon juice at Whole Foods for $3. Last at least a week.

Love all the things that lemon can do for us!