Each morning, before breakfast, I drink a glass of lemon water. It sounds akin to self-flagellation ... but if the lemons are organic and perfectly ripe then it's surprisingly palatable, nearly almost sweet. Nearly. Almost.
And the list of health benefits is endless:
- aids digestion
- relieves indigestion
- promotes healthy bowel function
- regulates blood pressure
- strengthens the immune system
- dissolves any calcium deposits (such as gall, kidney and pancreatic stones)
- reduces inflammation
- prevents the growth of pathogenic bacteria
- clearer skin
- brighter, healthier eyes
- and on and on and on...
Then there's the vitamins and minerals: calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and large amounts of vitamin C. (Vitamin C is indicated in the metabolism of glutathione, a major endogenous antioxidant produced by cells which protects against, well, practically everything: ageing, cancer, dementia, heart disease, and oxidative stress in general.)
It is, hands down, the healthiest habit I have, yet takes almost no time at all. If I wake up feeling groggy, it enlivens me; if I ate something I shouldn't have had for dinner the night before (or just plain ate too late) then the alkalising effect of the lemon will settle my stomach.
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into an 8oz glass of room-temperature still water.
As previously mentioned, it is better to use organic lemons but by no means essential.
Just be sure to steer clear of pre-squeezed bottled juice.