Add fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice to purified or distilled water at least once a day and sip slowly. This will help alkalize and maintain your optimum ph levels (above a 7) of your body tissue, helping your body fight off disease.
Lemon water will keep you hydrated, refreshed and fill you up with electrolytes (calcium, magnesium, potassium). Potassium is very important for those who suffer with anxiety and for those prone to bouts of depression. Lemon is high in natural vitamin C , but also contains pectin, limonene, citric acids and bioflavonoids, which boost immunity.
Internally, it will also help your liver produce more enzymes, remove toxins and uric acid from your body and help keep your bowels moving regularly.
Due to lemon’s natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and immune enhancing properties, it is quite beneficial to ingest during the cold and flu season to keep germs, sore throats and coughs at bay. It is ideal for children and pregnant women.
For an adult person the juice of a single lemon contains 71% of the daily need for vitamin C, 7% of the potassium requirement, 9% of magnesium and 1% of calcium.
Interesting Fact: The ancient Egyptians developed lemonade around 500 AD. They called it “Qatarmizat” (Lemonade of Pharoahs). It was made from lemon juice and sugar.Only the Pharoah and the royal family were allowed to consume qatarmizat.