Question: Dr. Joey – why are you such an advocate of drinking water with lemon?Answer: Traditional Chinese medicine has touted the benefits of lemon for centuries. High in antioxidants and vitamin C, lemon is a superstar fruit for myriad health complaints and even for weight loss purposes. Lemon is a natural astringent and a “master cleanser” of the body. When consumed regularly, lemon juice can help to stimulate elimination in the digestive system and help purify the liver by removing by-products and waster matter. As we now know, digestion has a key role in a healthy weight loss program and daily elimination is essential. It is not unusual for someone to experience constipation in the early stages of any weight loss program. Regularly consuming warm water with freshly squeezed lemon will help to promote regular and healthy bowel movements.Although lemons are acidic, they are alkalizing in the body, and the body thrives in an environment that is alkaline rather than acidic. Acid-forming foods (refined flours, sugars, alcohol, red meat, cheese) also tend to be the foods that promote weight gain, inflammation and sluggish bowels. Do not use bottled lemon juice as a substitute, as it can contain sulphites, which on rare occasions can cause allergic reactions. The benefits outlined above are with fresh lemons. Into 1 cup (250 mL) of warm water, squeeze the juice of 1/2 fresh lemon. Drink 15 to 30 minutes before your first meal of the day, and feel free to drink more than a cup of lemon water per day or at night to curb cravings. If you do not like lemons, substitute limes.Detox Lemon DrinkIngredients:
1 cup of hot or room temperature water
1 large wedge of lemon
1 tsp of pure honey
Directions:Boil water, if desired, and put water in a glass or mug. Immediately squeeze lemon wedge into water. If you want to put the wedge directly into the water, make sure you wash the lemon beforehand. Add honey into mug and enjoy!
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