An ever-increasing number of women enjoying the benefits of non-invasive endermologie® treatments are becoming aware that staying well hydrated, maintaining an invigorating exercise regimen and a healthy diet adds to their overall health and well-being. While there are many bogus health trends to avoid, drinking several glasses of lemon water every day isn’t one of them.
It’s a simple addition to a morning routine that provides countless health benefits, including boosting the immune system. Additionally, lemons are high in antioxidants and naturally occurring metabolites that destroy harmful free radicals capable of damaging blood vessels and causing inflammation. Lemons are alkalizing for the body. They are acidic to begin with but they are alkaline-forming on body fluids helping to restore balance to the body’s pH.
The amount of fresh-squeezed lemon juice to use depends on personal tolerance levels. For example, it’s best to start by juicing one-quarter to one-half of a lemon and stirring it into warm water if lemon juice isn’t usually added to other beverages. Warm water may not seem appetizing first thing in the morning, but the body absorbs water at that temperature more efficiently. In addition to its being a refreshing hydration technique, here are a few reasons to drink lemon water every day.
Toxins enter the body through various sources – from the air we breathe to some of the foods we eat. The main premise behind lemon water as a detox/cleanser involves its natural ability to enhance the body’s enzyme and liver functions. Drinking a glass of lemon water, especially after meals, may help lower the amount of toxins in the body.
Citrus flavonoids in lemons are the primary cause of improved digestion, especially when drinking warm lemon water. These elements not only aid in the body’s ability to break down or assimilate food, they help suppress the appetite, calm upset stomachs and ease mild indigestion.
These benefits are realized from both drinking lemon water and applying it topically*, because high levels of antioxidants in lemons combat free radicals that hasten the breakdown of elastin and collagen fibers in the skin, causing the loss of skin elasticity and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Face endermologie® treatments help reduce the appearance of fine lines using the unique Mecano-Stimulation™ technique; a daily regimen of drinking lemon water can augment and sustain treatment results.
* The easiest way to apply lemon juice topically is to dilute it in water and pat (don’t rub) it on the face with a damp cloth, being careful to avoid the eyes.
The one downside to drinking acid-heavy lemon water is its tendency to break down tooth enamel, which can open the door to tooth decay and cavities down the road. The trick is to rinse out the mouth thoroughly with plain water after every glassful of lemon water. Simply swishing it around and spitting it out will wash away any acid residue on the teeth.
While everyone’s body will respond differently to a daily intake of lemon water, it usually takes about two weeks for positive results to appear. For maximum benefit and flavor, consider adding a twist or two of lemon zest to the lemon water or other beverages.