The 2 Week Lemon Water Challenge
It’s easy to take these images and lists at face value. However, most people don’t end up drinking lemon water regularly, and aren’t able to tell their friends the Top 10 reasons lemon water is good for you.
We’re interested in the part that adds vitality and incredible cleansing effects to the body. So, if you’re using a diet to get on that path of feeling better, replacing your morning coffee with lemon water is the best thing you can do.
We truly think that we have the power to heal our bodies by adapting what we consume every day. Our main goal is to:
- Look through the top benefits we’ve listed below and find the one benefit that will motivate you to start incorporating lemon water into your daily life.
- Commit to 14 days of drinking lemon water.
- Write down how you feel on day 1, then on day 14.
- Let us know what you experienced.
We’ll start by learning why lemon water is so beneficial to help us get motivated.
Unique Health Benefits of Lemons
Lemons as a Source of Vitamin C
Lemons are packed with vitamin C. And we all know how important vitamin C is important for normal growth and development.One lemon contains around 30-40 mg of Vitamin C (just as a comparison, an orange contains around 80-90 mg).
Numerous studies have shown that lemon has a myriad of health benefits ranging from protecting against prenatal problems, to cardiovascular disease, eye diseases, skin wrinkles, and immune system deficiencies. Replacing a sugary drink with lemon water each morning, can be a catalyst for many on their path to better health.
Lemons act as an antioxidant and help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. What this means is, your body will be better at fighting and repelling disease.
If you’d like to go down the rabbit hole of Vitamin C start with this fact sheet, as we’ll be focusing on some of the more unique properties of lemon water.
Lemon Water as Detox and Cleanse
The first benefit that comes to mind with lemon water, and the most overstated, is its potential as a natural detox.
Not surprisingly, when drinking lemon water, your amount of urine is increased. However, lemon water brings with it the primary compound known as Citrate.
Citrate – a naturally-occurring inhibitor of toxins, which can build up in the form of crystals in the body. The Citric acid enhances your body’s ability to naturally flush out these unwanted toxins.
Toxins can enter our system through various sources, ranging from the air we breathe to some of the foods we eat.
Why is lemon water good at detoxification? – Well, for starters, it has the ability to enhance your body’s enzyme function and stimulate the liver. To make this easier to understand, your liver acts as your body’s filtration system.What lemon water does, it enhances its ability to filter unwanted junk.
According to several studies, in cases where toxins have built up in the body, lemon juice, as well as lemon peels have cleansing abilities. Drinking lemon water (especially after meals), can help you lower the amount of toxins in your body.
Alkalize with Lemon Water
Alkalinity is the process of neutralizing acid in the body. Our bodies have certain acids that can build up, causing negative side effects like acid reflux, upset stomach, acidosis etc.
To find out if you’re too acidic, you can always do a pH test. We suggest getting some pH strips online and do the test yourself.
The ideal pH range is between 4.6 and 8.0. You can test your pH value using your saliva or urine.
Before using lemon water or alkaline drinking water to manage your body’s acid levels, we strongly recommend you speak with your doctor first and identifying your pH levels.
This is one of those areas of health that often goes unchecked. Being too acidic, causes a whole range of negative side effects. Drinking an antacid, is the same as putting a band aid on the issue, which is why you should take some time to understand your pH levels and how to get them in balance.
A safe and effective way to manage your pH levels is by drinking lemon water. Achieving healthy alkalinity can benefit in bone health, reduced muscle wasting, decrease chances of hypertension and strokes, improved cardiovascular health, and improved memory.
Improve Digestion with Lemon Water
When drinking lemon water you’re improving your digestion. The citrus flavonoids are the main cause for this, as they aid in the assimilation of food, help prevent fatty liver, decrease chances of cardiovascular disease, fat-lowering, and reduced insulin sensitivity. This is because, citrus flavonoids have the ability to inhibit certain syntheses of fat in the body. And though this sounds like a good thing, is it going to make you feel better?
Citrus flavonoids act as a great digestive tonic, with appetite suppressing abilities. Citrus flavonoids can also calm an upset stomach or mild indigestion. This has to do with the hydrochloric acid in your stomach that starts the process of breaking down your food. It is believed the citrus flavonoids in lemon water support the hydrochloric acid in the stomach in breaking down food.
Many people are linking their digestion problems with the health of their stomach. To build your body’s ability to process foods better, you need to feed it with the right things. It’s the same as building muscles.
The best way to utilize lemon water for digestion aid, is to include the zest of the lemon.This will improve the good bacteria in your gut.
Weight Loss/Appetite Suppressant
Though there is little scientific support of the claim that lemon water helps with weight loss, it doesn’t mean the claim is false. It simply means that additional research is required.
A study (note that it wasn’t a human trial) showed significantly reduced weight gain when a diet high in fat was being consumed.Most people whether they want to admit it or not fall in the high fat diet category.
The main substances found in lemon – pectin and polyphenols have weight loss and appetite suppressing qualities.
Pectin gives a feeling a fullness much like other soluble dietary fibers, which may help reduced caloric intake.For some people, simply staving off hunger and cravings can allow for long term weight loss. However, if you’re not one of those people, and you’re struggling with always being hungry this is worth looking at.
Because every system responds differently to lemon water, we recommend adding it to your diet without making drastic changes to isolate the effects.
This allows you to better attribute any changes you’re experiencing.
Though additional research is needed regarding the weight loss benefits of lemon water, you can achieve positive benefits simply by replacing your sugary drinks with lemon water.
As we said, you should replace your morning coffee with lemon water for two weeks. We also recommend you keep a journal of your mood, energy and cravings for the two weeks to see what positive benefits you experience.
Lemon Water Safety Measures
Though you might think lemon water is extremely safe, there are several safety measures.
For starters, you shouldn’t be eating the seeds of the lemon. A few seeds, here and there isn’t something terrible. However, if you’re planning on drinking lemon water regularly, you should avoid the seeds, as they contain small amounts of salicylic acid which is the main ingredient in asprin, along with the bitter/astringent coating on the outside of the seed which gives it the bitter taste.
The easiest way to get rid of them is by using a small strainer or a lemon press.
Though you might want to add sugar – don’t. Sugar negates many of the benefits we mentioned previously. However, you can always use raw honey.
Cutting off sugar from your diet can reset your taste buds, and as a result, your sugar craving will drop significantly.
Another concern is the effect lemon juice has on the enamel of your teeth. As long as you’re not using it like mouthwash, you shouldn’t worry.
However, if you’re still concerned, you can always use a straw.
Drinking lemon water on a regular basis can help you in the long run. The people who will experience the most dramatic effects in the beginning will be those who can replace a morning coffee or soda with lemon water.
To see the positive effects lemon water has on your system, we recommend giving it a minimum of two weeks.
We’re so used to instant gratification in almost everything we do, so when it comes to healthy diets and exercise it can be easy to get discouraged if we don’t see results in a few days.
Source: Natural Medicine Box
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