We all know that lemons are refreshing, but why should we go to the bother of adding an extra spin on a plain old glass of water and tarting it up with lemon juice? The answer to that question is because lemons are little power packs when it comes to nutrition. They are absolutely full of vitamin C; the B-complex vitamins, fibre, and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. In fact, lemons contain more potassium weight for weight than grapes or apples do.
So, why not just bite the bullet (they are tart!) and eat the lemon, or drink the undiluted juice rather than sticking it in some water? Because if you were to do this on a regular basis, you would soon start to pay for it with your teeth because the acidity can damage the enamel. Dilute the juice with water, preferably lukewarm, and you’re good to go. For the best results, drink it first thing in the morning and then wait 15 – 30 minutes before eating.
You can use as much water as you like – this will depend upon your personal preference but the amount of lemon you use should be consistent. If you weigh less than 150 pounds (10 stone, 10 oz) then use the juice of half a lemon; if you weigh more than this, use the juice of the entire lemon. So, what are the benefits? Here are nine to get you going:
The atomic composition of lemons is similar to that of saliva and of hydrochloric acid (digestive juices) so they encourage the liver to produce bile, which is necessary for digestion. The vitamin and mineral content in lemons helps to rid the digestive tract of toxins, as well as easing poor digestion symptoms such as heartburn, indigestion, bloating and belching.