Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Daily Herb-o-Scope - In Love with Lemon Water
I must say that in the morning I find it very uplifting and invigorating to drink a glass of warm water with half of a lemon squeezed into it. Not only does it wake up my taste buds with its zesty refreshing flavor but it also offers some great health benefits. Lemon water helps us to detoxify by stimulating the liver and aiding in digestion and elimination.
It also helps to alkalize the body. Our internal environment prefers a neutral to a slightly alkaline pH; however, the typical American diet consists of highly acidic foods including grains, meats and sugars without enough alkaline foods, fruits and veggies, to counteract all the acid. In order for the body to balance out these highly acid forming foods our muscles break down and we release Calcium and Magnesium from our bones. Not only does this result in muscle and bone loss but also a whole other slew of health issues. I know that it is completely counterintuitive to think that lemons, a clearly acidic food outside of the body, can create a healthy alkalizing effect inside of the body. But it is lemon juice’s high Potassium content that's responsible for the alkalinization. So jump start you day and your system by enjoying some warm lemon water in the morning.