I felt emotionally exhausted and physically drained after my trip to another state week before last. Saying goodbye to loved ones is always so hard, but in this case, it was absolutely agonizing.
Four funerals of friends over a 10-day span was just too much. On the flight home, I asked the airline hostess for a glass of water with lemon. Upon drinking it, I noticed that my mood was lifted rather instantaneously. It was as though I’d just consumed a magic potion.
My mother has always extolled the virtues of lemon water. For years, it has been my “go-to” drink. I love it, and I choose it over soda every time. If I want something bubbly, I will drink either San Pellegrino or Perrier with a squeeze of lemon. I love the stuff…so light and refreshing. Little Ingrid now loves it, too.
None of us drink sugary soft drinks.
Among many other things the advantages of regularly drinking lemon water include:
- Preventing the growth of pathogenic bacteria and the decomposition of tissue
- Cleansing the system of certain impurities, and also helping prevent certain diseases and infections
- It is amazingly effective at dissolving uric acid (often the cause of pain and inflammation in joints) and other poisons in the body
- It can help reduce symptoms of malaria, rheumatism, gout, rickets and tuberculosis…not that I have any of these diseases…
And I think it simply tastes good.
I keep a lemon half in a small glass container right inside my refrigerator door. Each time I pour myself a glass of water, I grab the lemon and give it a little squeeze into the glass. Doesn’t take much to impart a truly delicious flavor. Although, in the summer, when mint is fresh and ripe, I might add a sprig or two of that as well, I never add sugar. I’m sweet enough already. 😉
People with liver damage often turn to lemon water because its healing power is an excellent stimulant for the liver. From what I understand, it helps liquefy bile and helps control excess bile flow. For liver complaints, it is recommended that one drink warm lemon juice one hour before breakfast. Drinking it as a “tea” and drinking it in a cold glass of water provide different benefits and different taste sensations.
One of the most important benefits of imbibing lemon water with some degree of regularity, is its effect on the gastrointestinal tract. Lemon water assists in the process of digestion and elimination. It also has an alkalizing effect on the body. Increasing body alkalinity is what you should be going for. It is one of the key benefits of drinking lemon water.
Other benefits include:
- Helps purify the blood and will also control a tendency to bleed
- Assists in lowering high blood pressure
- Reduces the amount of phlegm in the body
- Relieves symptoms of asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems
- Nourishes brain and nerve cells due to its potassium content
- Helps dissolves gallstones, calcium deposits, kidney stones, and pancreatic stones
Basically, as we get older, our bodies “rust” (sort of). Rust is, of course, the oxidation of metal. And scientifically, aging has been considered the slow oxidation of our bodies. Like those brown age spots on the back of people’s hands? That’s just oxidized fat under the skin. Oxidant stress is why we get wrinkles, that’s why we lose some of our memory, that’s why our organ systems break down as we get older. How do we slow down oxidation? By eating foods containing anti-oxidants. If you want to know if a food has a lot of antioxidants in it you slice it open, expose it to air—expose it to oxygen and see what happens. Does it oxidize, does it turn brown? Think about our two most popular fruits: apples and bananas. Turn brown right away—not a lot of antioxidants inside there. How to do you keep your fruit salad from turning brown though? Add lemon juice, which has vitamin C in it, an antioxidant, which can keep your food from oxidizing and can do the same thing inside our bodies. Lemons are good for you and help slow down the aging process.
I also use lemon juice for countless other things around the house. For example, I boil a few slices of lemon in about half a litre of water. Let it cool. Pour it in a spray bottle and voilå! My own homemade air freshener! I use it as a glass cleaner. I use it to polish my silver. I toss a lemon into the garbage disposal to make it smell good. I use it in my homemade furniture polish. I just love how it smells.
Lemons. They’re a good thang!