When life hands you lemons, make lemon-infused water.
Leading up to our wedding, I was in full-on “Bride mode”. I never was a Bridezilla but I must have bought ever bridal magazine I could find and read every online article on The Knot. Those around me noticed some changes in my behavior. Some habits were for the better. Like eating healthier. I would have yogurt with fruit every morning instead of my morning jaunt to Dunkin’ Donuts for coffee and a pastry. I also started drinking lemon water to help give me more energy and clear up my skin. Some wedding prep habits were not so good. Like that time I took vitamins to help my hair and nails grow, messed with my hormonal balance and started acting like a crazy pregnant woman. My Maid of Honor intervened with this one. Although the ‘yogurt-for-breakfast’ fad ended as soon as the dress came off, the lemon-infused water stuck.
We are supposed to drink 8 ounces of water a day. However water tastes bland to me. In the warmer months it is easier for me to consume water to quench my thirst, but I have never been a huge water drinker. By adding lemon to the water, it was easier to hit my daily intake without it feeling like a chore. I noticed a change in my skin, I had more energy and rarely became sick. I stuck with this habit after the wedding.
Just recently, I stumbled across this article “20 Reasons you should Drink Lemon Water in the Morning” from Living Traditionally.
From my wedding research, I knew lemon water helped with metabolism, digestion, gave me more energy, and attacked free radicals reducing the chance of getting sick. However, I didn’t know that it cleanses the liver (5), battles depression and anxiety (9), is good for high blood pressure (11), reduces joint pain (14) and here is the kicker – it prevents cancer (20)! When I was discussing this article with a friend she shared an interesting fact with me. I cannot officially be quoted, however she is very knowledgeable on the topic, since her husband fought a life-threatening battle with cancer and lives to tell the story. She said, “it is known that tumors feed on sugar and that is how they grow. Lemons have a high concentration of alkaline, the opposite of sugar and this prevents cancer from growing”.
This article states to drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning. However, I like mine refrigerated.
- Cut half a lemon into thin slices.
- Place in pitcher and pour water into pitcher. The lemon taste is best after it has had a few hours to sit.
- Refill water as needed. I typically change out the lemons on the third day.
Since I read the article to Chuck and told him the Cancer prevention fact, he has now turned into a lemon water drinking fanatic and loves it. If you want to give the lemon water an extra kick, add cucumber slices. That same friend shared this fact with me. Balance the lemon and cucumber slices together. It gives a nice refreshing “zing” to the water.
Do you have healthy living tips that you would like to share! I would love to know!
Article Source: Living Traditionally