Drinking water is essential to your health. Everyone knows that. Water help keeps the natural properties of the human body moving and helps to cleanse and regulate. And while most of us will agree staying hydrated is important, it can be difficult to consume the daily recommended amount (at least it is for me). Why? Because we are busy, and water is, well, boring. Many of us choose instead to drink soda or coffee or some crazy energy drink. Such a choice can lead to major health consequences, such as obesity, kidney damage, and elevated blood pressure. (source) So why not spice up your water and try adding a citrus splash?
Lemons are vitamin C rich citrus fruits that first achieved their healthy claim to fame onboard the ships of early explorers to help treat scurvy, a then-common disease among the sailors. In 1747, James Lind found that lemons and oranges were extremely effective at treated the disease, which we know was caused by a vitamin C deficiency from months at sea without any fresh produce.
According to the USDA National nutrient database, one raw lemon, without peel (about 58 grams) provides 17 calories, 0.6 grams of protein, 0.2 grams of fat, 5.4 grams of carbohydrate (including 1.6 grams of fiber and 1.5 grams of sugar, 51% of daily vitamin C needs as well as small amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese.
One fluid ounce of lemon juice provides 7 calories, 0.1 grams of protein, 0.1 grams of fat, 2.1 grams of carbohydrate (including 0.1 grams of fiber and 0.1 grams of sugar) and 23% of daily vitamin C needs.
CURB MY COFFEE?
I am a HUGE fan of coffee. I drink 1-2 cups in the morning (with 1 tbsp. whole milk and 1 teaspoon of raw sugar). I drink another around 2pm or 3pm. I then drink one after supper. It doesn’t wake me up, so to speak, or make me pee or anything else people claim. In fact, I guess I have been drinking it so long that it is just another drink. I do try to use good beans, locally roasted beans, or something other than processed Folgers. But a week or so ago Crystal recommended we lay off the caffeine (we already don’t drink soda) in the morning and start our day with warm lemon water. I was skeptical but curious. Turns out warm lemon water:
- Boosts your immune system: Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.
- Balances pH: Drink lemon water everyday and you’ll reduce your body’s overall acidity. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around. Yes, lemon has citric acid but it does not create acidity in the body once metabolized.
- Helps with weight loss: Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster.
- Aids digestion: Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that required for digestion. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.
- Is a diuretic: Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which helps purify it. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
- Clears skin: The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. It can actually be applied directly to scars to help reduce their appearance.
- Freshens breath: Not only this, but it can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should monitor this.
- Relieves respiratory problems: Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs. It’s thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies too.
- Relieves anxiety: Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when you subject your mind and body to stress. As mentioned previously, lemons are chock full of vitamin C.
Cold water likely provides a shock or stress factor to the body. It takes energy for your body to process cold water when not in a state of active movement or exercise. Warm water also allows doTERRA Lemon to dilute properly and warm water helps convince your mind you are drinking more of a breakfast drink (like tea or water).
So try it for a few days. Replace your morning cup of coffee with a morning cup of 10oz. warm water and 2 drops doTERRA Lemon oil. See how you feel?
Tip: Make sure to use a glass bottle when drinking water with citrus essential oils. Citrus oils have compounds in them that dissolve petroleum products (also called “petro chemicals). They are perfectly safe for humans, but interact chemically with plastics and other petroleum-based in a way that breaks them down.