Healthy Living: Lemon-Infused Water

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.

At Home With The O'Neils - Healthy Living Lemon Infused WaterWe 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”.

Healthy Living Lemon Infused WaterThis article states to drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning.  However, I like mine refrigerated.

  1. Cut half a lemon into thin slices.
  2. Place in pitcher and pour water into pitcher.  The lemon taste is best after it has had a few hours to sit.
  3. 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

Comments (14)

  1. Babies_Bloodhounds_Booze_Oh_My

    Yum. I love ice water infused with fruits. Lemon is my favorite. I just fell in love with making fruit tea with a little green coffee extract as a boost.

  2. Jeannine (Post author)

    Green coffee extract?! I have never heard of it but I will have to check it out! In the summer I will switch to strawberries or cantaloupe as well. So delicious!

  3. Theresa @DearCreatives

    I love lemons and lemon water. I didn’t realize how much they were good for your health. Just a bonus for me now.

  4. Jeannine (Post author)

    I know isn’t it great Theresa! I love it because it gives an extra boost to the flavor but I am so happy with all the benefits I learned as well!

  5. verifiedmom

    OK, I’m going to give it a try. I have bad anxiety so I will do anything and everything to try and ease that without having to take prescription meds…which I refuse to do. I am not a big water drinker either but I’ve been cutting down on all my caffeine and have switched to caffeine free soda (only one a day if that) and I have ditched my once heavily loved Crystal Light. I just so happen to get two lemons this weekend so I’ll slice and plot them into a pitcher filled with water and let you know how it goes! 🙂

  6. Jeannine (Post author)

    Definitely try it! It is so easy to incorporate and has so many benefits. Some other tips on dealing with anxiety try bringing in some lavender to your home. A plant, or even essential oils. They have calming qualities. Also, try and find something you can do, (read a book, take a walk, meditate, breathing exercises) when you are feeling anxious. I suffer from this as well, not as extreme but I have things I do to help get myself back in check when anxiety starts to sneak its way in. Good luck and let me know how this and the lemon water goes!

  7. Joanna Clute

    Lemons and water, along with cucumbers and water are two of my favorite combos! I drink a ton of plain water during the day, but it’s fun to spruce it up a bit with some fruits or veggies.

  8. Jeannine (Post author)

    I love lemon and cucumber combo! I want to try orange and blueberry as well.

  9. Aliza B

    One of my good friends had a horrible kidney stone a few months ago. After it passed, her doctor told her to increase her water intake, but to also add lemon or lime to the water because of the citric acid. He said it would increase the likelihood of her not getting a kidney stone again if she added the lemon or lime.

  10. Jeannine (Post author)

    I love hearing real life stories where lemon water works for individuals with specific issues! It is so easy and has so many benefits! Thanks for sharing with me Aliza!

  11. WorkingMomMagic

    I have been drinking lemon water in the morning on the days I dont drink my avc mixture. 😉

  12. Jeannine (Post author)

    This is great Lauren! Do you feel like it gives you more energy and keeps your body in check?

  13. sara

    The whole family does lemon water. It’s good for tummy troubles too.

  14. Jeannine (Post author)

    Great to hear you have the whole family in on this! My husband used to make fun of me and now he loves it!

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