I recently became the proud owner of a few extra pounds. Nothing crazy but enough for me to take notice and decide to reverse the process. I love to stay in the best shape possible so I can enjoy optimal health. Since that level is different for everyone, I don’t follow any set formula. I just know what weight feels best for me. The funny thing is that I already eat a very healthy diet and exercise. So, I wasn’t exactly sure what to do to send those little rascals away. Hmmmm… what to do… what to do…
Then I remembered something my Great Aunt told me years ago. She told me about a drink she had every single morning of her adult life. She lived into her late 90’s, never had a weight problem, had beautiful skin and excellent health. So maybe her beauty and health “secret” had some merit. This is what she told me she drank every day. She squeezed the juice of one fresh lemon into a cup, added warm water and drank that each morning before she drank or ate anything else.
Sounded simple enough so I decided to give it a shot. I bought a bag of organic lemons, found my glass citrus juicer and made myself a nice big mug of lemon water. I happen to love the tart taste of lemons so to me it was quite refreshing. Even if it didn’t help me lose any weight I enjoyed the drink and continued drinking it every morning for a few days.
Well, lo and behold, I started to drop a few pounds. That made me go online and research lemon juice to see if it actually helps in weight loss. I couldn’t believe how many articles I found advocating this delicious, healthy drink. Here are some of the benefits I read about:
1- Boosts immune system
2- Helps your digestive system
3- Aids in detoxifying the body
4- Helps reduce hunger cravings
5- Balances your pH level
6- Clears your skin
7- Freshens your breath
8- Quenches thirst better than commercial fruit juice or carbonated drinks
9- And so many more I can’t list them all
Since I’m not a doctor or scientist I can’t verify the accuracy of all these claims, but I can tell you that I am personally getting wonderful results. And if you go online to do the research yourself (which I encourage) you’ll see that a lot of other people are enjoying the benefits as well.
So, every morning now I’ve been drinking my lemon water. Sometimes I drink it warm and sometimes cool. Sometimes I add some cucumber slices and sometimes fresh mint leaves – just for a little variety. I’ve heard that pure lemon juice can be hard on the enamel of your teeth so I drink it with my glass straw. And I never, ever, ever, ever use the juice from a bottle or little plastic container. Never!!!
The next time you are in the supermarket and you see fresh lemons, pick up a few and try it out. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Let’s toast to radiant health.