SHOULD I BE DRINKING LEMON WATER?

Gwyneth Paltrow, Dina Manzo of The Housewives of New Jersey, and many others answer with a resounding yes, almost likening this practice to partaking from the Fountain of Youth.  Are they right?

“Hot water with lemon in and of itself does not cause any actual weight loss,” says Alissa Rumsey, R.D>, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  However, if this drink is replacing more caloric drinks, it can help with weight loss.  She adds, “Staying hydrated is an important component of a healthy diet because it boosts your metabolism.  For those who don’t enjoy plain water, adding some lemon is a great way to boost flavor without adding calories.”  She further gives a caveat, “You don’t want to chug water with lemon religiously if you experience heartburn or acid reflux as the citrus in the lemon will only exacerbate your symptoms.”

Still not sure it is good for you?  The following summary of an article in the January 2014 issue of FOOD MATTERS should convince you:

1.  Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies

  2.  Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon   health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial agent

  3.  It balances maintain the pH levels in the body

  4.  Having warm lemon juice early in the morning helps flush out toxins

   5.  It aids digestion and encourages the production of bile

   6.  It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium

    7.  It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases

    8.   It helps to reduce pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid

    9. It helps cure the common cold

   10. The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells

    11. It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too diluted

     12. It helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver

     13. In case of a heart burn, taking a glass of concentrated lemon juice can give relief

     14.  It is of immense benefit to the skin, and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne

     15.  It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems

     16.  It aids in the production of digestive juices

     17. Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session

       Since it is packed with all this goodness,  begin your day with a glass of warm lemon juice. Its cleansing and healing effects will have positive effects on your health in the long run.  However, it is very important to note that if lemon juice comes directly in contact with the teeth, it can ruin the enamel on the teeth.  Hence, you should consume it diluted and also rinse your mouth thoroughly after drinking lemon juice.

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