I don’t usually revisit topics, but I have been reading a lot lately about the benefits of lemon water. This is a good habit that both Amy and I got into years ago.
Here is a reprint of a blog I posted a few years ago with a new link at the end:
Have you ever noticed that sometimes we try to do things that we know are good for us because we feel we should but the habit doesn’t always stick? I have read so often about how I should start my day with the juice of a half of a lemon in a cup of warm water- how this is cleansing and good for my liver and such. Even so, it is a habit that I get lazy about. I decided that I wasn’t motivated enough to make this a habit because I didn’t really understand the rationale behind it.
Happily, today I came across a scientific explanation that has convinced me this habit is important enough to stick with. Thanks to Claudia Pillow (who has a PhD in Health Studies) and her book “The Gluten-Free Good Health Cookbook” I can share this explanation with you.
"Fresh lemon juice is highly stable, is water soluble, and contains a negatively charged ion. Negative charges (electrons) attract positive charges (protons). Therefore, lemon juice provides the electrons to neutralize free radicals in blood and help prevent cell and tissue damage that could lead to cellular damage and disease. After they lose electrons, lemon juice molecules do not become free radicals because they are highly stable antioxidants, with or without the electrons. Lemon juice increases the potent antioxidant function of water in our body."
Maybe this will motivate you to start or stick with this healthy habit, too.
Still not convinced? Read this: