For some time now, I've made it a daily practice to drink a tonic or elixir of some sort which includes fresh lemon juice. Even if it's just the juice of 1/2 lemon in a glass of warm water, for me it's an indispensable regimen. Ever since a high blood pressure reading at the doctor's office I've been on a mission to never have to fill a blood pressure prescription EVER! It doesn't matter to me that some scoff at the notion because all I know is that is have been since since that visit and I'm not suffering with hypertension. So on that note, let me share some of the top reasons why I highly recommend this morning tonic.
Boosts the Immune System. Lemons are packed full of Vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds and combating stress. They contain saponins, which have antimicrobial properties and lemon juice also reduces phlegm production by the body. Lemons are high in potassium which helps to control blood pressure and it stimulates brain and nerve function.
Aids Digestion. Lemon encourages the liver to produce quality bile which is required for digestion. Additionally, the vitamin C in fresh lemon juice helps the liver to produce the compound called glutathione, which aids in cleansing and regenerating the liver. Glutathione is a molecule that is produced naturally in our body and is our body’s most extraordinary antioxidant!! The digestive qualities of lemon juice can also help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn, belching and bloating. The American Cancer Society recommends warm lemon water to help stimulate bowel movements.
Cleanses Your System. The vitamins and minerals contained in lemons, help to loosen toxins from the body thereby flushing unwanted materials from the digestive tract. The citric acid in lemons helps maximize enzyme function, which stimulates and aids the liver in detoxification.
Balances pH Levels. Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. On their own they’re acidic, but both citric acid and ascorbic acid are weak acids that are easily metabolized by the body allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalize the blood. Regular consumption of lemon water can help to remove overall acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints, which is one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation.
Promotes Healing. The ascorbic acid or vitamin C found in lemons promotes healing and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage.
Energizes and Enhances Mood. A reaction occurs in the body when the positive charged ions contained in our food, interact with the negative charged enzymes in our gut. Lemons are one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions, thus providing our body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract. As an added bonus, the scent of lemon alone has the ability to brighten our mood and can assist in reducing anxiety and depression.
Freshens Breath. Not only do lemons aid in fresher breath they have been known to help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. It is however important to note that citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so always consume lemon juice diluted in water or tea. You can also rinse your mouth with fresh water after drinking lemon water as an additional precaution. Do not brush your teeth immediately after drinking lemon water as this can potentiate the effects of the citric acid on your tooth enamel. Wait at least 30-40 minutes before brushing.