By Marcella Castellanos firstname.lastname@example.org
5 Reasons You Should Drink
Who doesn’t like a refreshing glass of water on a hot day? I can hear some of you saying, “when there is no beer available”… ha!
In these climates, it’s important to stay hydrated. We know that our body is 75% water and our brain is 85% water. If you’re thirsty, it probably means that you waited too long and your body is a bit dehydrated. It’s best to drink before you are thirsty.
A healthier alternative to start your day instead of reaching for the usual cup of coffee or tea is with some warm lemon water first to kick-start digestion. The water doesn’t always have to be warm, but it should be purified. Simply use half a fresh lemon per large glass of water and sip throughout the day.
Drinking lemon water is a ritual in Ayurveda or Yogic traditions, used to stimulate digestion for the day and clear the body of any toxins that may have settled in the digestive tract overnight.
Here are 5 health benefits of drinking lemon water that go beyond just taste:
1. Supports immune function: Lemons are high in antioxidant vitamin C, known for its supportive role in healthy immune function which may reduce the risk of respiratory infection. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) found in lemons has shown anti-inflammatory effects and is used as complementary support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms.
Lemons also contain saponins, which show antimicrobial properties that may help keep cold and flu at bay. And finally, ascorbic acid enhances iron absorption in the body; iron plays an important role in immune function.
2. Alkalize the body: Lemons are actually one of the most alkalizing foods for the body, although the tartness of a lemon may make them seem acidic. They contain both citric and ascorbic acid, weak acids easily metabolized from the body allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalize the blood.
3. Aid digestion: Believed to stimulate and purify the liver, lemon juice is traditionally understood to support digestive hydrochloric acid in the stomach, further aiding digestion. Vitamin C status has been associated with reduced risk of peptic ulcers caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori.
4. Clear skin: Traditionally used as a liver stimulant, lemon water is believed to help purge toxins from the blood, helping to keep skin clear of blemishes. Vitamin C and other antioxidants in lemons combat free radical damage. Free radical damage is responsible for many symptoms of aging — especially as caused by UV exposure and environmental toxins. Antioxidant intake can help offset this damage, minimizing wrinkles. Additionally, lemon juice can be applied topically to reduce the appearance of scars and age spots.
5. Promote healing: Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), found in abundance in lemons, promotes wound healing and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of cartilage, healthy bones and connective tissue. As noted previously, vitamin C also displays anti-inflammatory properties. Combined, vitamin C is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of good health and recovery from stress and injury.
So drink up that lemon water in the morning and save that lemon/lime margarita for later.
Marcella Castellanos is a bilingual Certified Holistic Health Coach. She works to spice up your vitality with health and natural healing workshops and programs by incorporating natural, whole, locally sourced foods and essential oils. For her blog or a list of her upcoming programs and workshops, and to get your free essential oils, natural healthcare e-book visit www.wellnesslatina.com