Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Many Health Benefits of Lemon Water

LEMON WATER 

Lemons are acidic to taste, but are alkaline forming in the body and a very good source of vitamin C. They also contain smaller amounts of other vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate and vitamin E along with minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and zinc. With all the important nutrients present in lemons, lemon water can be a very effective delivery system for many health benefits. Packed with antioxidants and other health benefits, a glass of water with the juice of half a lemon revitalises the body and mind. Here are the many reasons to drink it first thing in the morning :

1.Supports the immune system: The juice of half a lemon in a glass of water is rich in vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system and assists the body in fighting colds and flu. Bacteria and viruses that cause cold and flu symptoms thrive in an acidic environment in the body, due to excess stress and unhealthy foods and lifestyle.
Drinking lemon water has an alkalizing effect on the body. Increasing body alkalinity is one of the keys to reducing bacterial and viral infections.

Lemon also enhances the body’s ability to absorb iron, an important nutrient for a healthy immune system. “Vitamin C may increase non-heme iron bioavailability fourfold,” says Nutritional Medicine Practitioner Michele Chevalley Hedge .“This refers to iron availability in the body from non-meat sources.”

2 Aids digestion: As lemon juice is similar in atomic structure to the stomach’s digestive juices, it has a positive effect on the gastrointestinal tract. It helps cleanse the bowel by flushing out waste more efficiently and stimulates the release of gastric juices, which aid digestion. The digestive qualities of lemon juice can also help relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and bloating. 

3 Repairs skin: Lemons are great for combating skin ageing, Chevalley Hedge says. The antioxidant properties help combat free radical damage, which is responsible for the symptoms of ageing. “We know that lemons are rich in vitamin C and that is really what creates collagen synthesis, which is wonderful in terms of keeping wrinkles at bay,” she says. “Vitamin C is required in the synthesis of amino acids into collagen and the job of collagen and connective tissue is to hold things tight and protect our skin tissue.”
4 Reduces appetite: Lemons contain pectin, a soluble fibre commonly found in citrus fruits. Pectin helps stave off hunger as the fibre creates a feeling of fullness, which results in the suppression of hunger cravings. By feeling fuller for longer, you’re less likely to snack or make poor food choices.

5 Balances pH levels: Lemons are one of the most alkalising foods for the body and a good pH level is essential as too much acidity in the body can be inflammatory and lead to illnesses. “Lemon water is very alkalising and most of us have acidic bodies,” Chevalley Hedge says. “Educated foodies still think of lemons as being acidic when they are quite alkalising.”

6  Cleanses the urinary tract: Lemon juice is a diuretic, meaning it encourages the production of urine. As a result, toxins are released at a faster rate, helping to purify the system and keep it healthy. Lemon juice can also change the pH level of the urinary tract which discourages the proliferation of bad bacteria.

7  Freshens breath: The antiseptic qualities in lemon juice help kill off bad bacteria in the mouth by acting as a disinfectant. A glass of lemon water is also a healthier morning wake-you-up than coffee.  While there is no evidence-based research on lemon water’s optimal temperature, Chevalley Hedge recommends drinking it at room temperature. “Most health professionals agree room temperature is closer to your own body’s temperature and seems to calm the digestive system,” she says.
If you’re concerned about the acid harming tooth enamel, rinse your mouth with water afterwards. “You would have to drink copious amounts of lemon water to strip the enamel,” Chevalley Hedge says.

8  Protects overall health: High levels of potassium in lemons can help brain and nerve functioning and control blood pressure. Lemon water can also ward off stress and depression, which have been linked to low levels of potassium. Lemon is a tremendous source of citrus bioflavonoid anti-oxidant phytonutrients that have been given the label Vitamin P. Vitamin P consists of the flavonoid glycosides hesperetin and naringenin among others. Studies have shown that vitamin P enhances the anti-oxidant capability of vitamin C. These bioflavonoids also improve capillary permeability and overall blood flow.

9 Promotes healing: Ascorbic acid, vitamin C, promotes wound healing in the body and is an important nutrient in maintaining healthy bones, tissue and cartilage.
Vitamin C travels through the body, neutralising any free radicals,” Chevalley Hedge says. “Free radicals can interact with the healthy cells of the body, damaging them and their membranes and causing inflammation.”

10 Detoxifies the liver:
Lemon water acts as a liver cleanser by assisting in detoxification. It purifies and stimulates the liver by encouraging the production of bile, an acid required for digestion. Lemon water can also help control excess bile flow, decrease the amount of phlegm produced by the body and assist in dissolving gallstones.
A.F. Beddoe, author of Biological Ionization as Applied to Human Nutrition, writes that the liver can make more enzymes out of fresh lemon juice than from any other food.
He says the primary purpose of the lemon is to:
  • Provide a natural strengthening agent to liver enzymes when they are too dilute
  • Help fix oxygen and calcium levels in the liver, which ultimately affects blood oxygen levels.
11. Relieves constipation : Water helps lubricate the digestive system and soften stool. Citric acid found in lemon induces bowel movement that flushes out undigested waste from the colon.

12. Relieves  symptoms of rheumatism: Drinking lemon water before meals and at bed time may also provide relief from rheumatism.

13. Cures Scurvy: Consumption of lemon water helps in curing scurvy or a general deficiency of vitamin C.

14. Canker sores: Rinsing your mouth with lukewarm lemon water can help in providing relief from painful canker sores or mouth ulcers.

15. Gum disorder: Drinking lemon water may also relieve the pain associated with swollen gums. Add a pinch of salt to the lemon water for best results and make sure the lemon juice is well-diluted in water.

16. Anti-carcinogenic properties: Drinking lemon water may also be beneficial in preventing cancer. Research studies suggest that lemon, with its anti-tumor properties, may help in reducing cancer risk.

The Only Anionic Food

The food and beverages we eat provide electrically charged molecules that initiate energy production in our body. An ion is part of a molecule that carries an electrical charge. Positively charged ions are called "cations," while negatively charged ions are called "anions." Most of the food we put into our bodies comes in a cationic form, while our natural digestive processes (hydrochloric acid, digestive enzymes, saliva) are anionic. 
According to The Reams Biological Ionization Theory (RBTI), the lemon is the ONLY food in the world that is Anionic (it’s electron has a negative charge). All other foods are cationic (it’s outer electron has positive charge.) This makes it extremely beneficial for health. Fresh lemon helps oxygenate the body and maximizes enzyme function
Sources : 
realfoodforlife.com 

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