The Institute of Medicine recently determined that men should be drinking roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of water a day and about 9 cups (2.2 liters) for women… that is quite a bit of water! For me, it can sometimes be tough to drink that much water. But by adding lemons to your water you can add a refreshing twist to your daily routine that can also be very beneficial to your health — especially for those of us with diabetes.
Benefits of adding lemon to your water for diabetics:
- Your Liver Will Thank You: Lemons are an excellent stimulant to the liver. Lemon water liquefies bile and helps control bile flow. Drink warm lemon juice one hour before breakfast to help get your day going.
- Can Be a Diuretic: Lemons are a natural diuretic which can increase urination and help flush unwanted toxins. This can help keep the urinary tract healthy.
- Aids Digestion: The best time to drink lemon water is first thing in the morning and right before meals. The citric acid contained in lemons helps break down food quicker and the gastrointestinal tract cope with digestive needs. (Especially if you suffer from gastroparesis since this condition requires more time to break down food.) If you suffer from heartburn or bloating after meals, lemon water helps hydrate the body more effectively and may help relieve those systems and indigestion.
- Can Help You Lose Weight: Lemons contain pectin, which elevates your fiber levels and can help curb your carbohydrate cravings by making you feel fuller for a longer period of time. So if you are needing to shed a few pounds, try this!
- Supports Your Immune System: When we are sick the first thing we are told is take more Vitamin C. Lemons are full of Vitamin C. It also enhances Iron absorption ( which is important with your immune system) and it is anti-inflammatory effect which is helpful for fending off serious illnesses, diseases, cancer and heart disease. Lemons has potassium, helps stimulate the brain and nerve function It has helps control blood pressure.
- Want Brighter, Clearer Skin? Yes, Please! Sometimes what we eat or drink can have a direct impact on your body inside and out. Lemons contain antioxidant which detoxifies your body’s system your cleaner body manifest the effects through your skin. The Vitamin C in the lemon water can also aid in the production of collagen, which is what gives you smooth, vibrant skin and reduces wrinkles. So you can ditch the botox and fillers. The aklanine properties consumed from lemons are also responsible for killing off bacteria that is know for causing acne.
- It Can Give You More Energy: When we eat the positive charged ions in our food interact with negatively charged enzymes. Lemons have one more negative (one of the few foods that do) which means that they enter the digestive tract they give us more energy and brighten our moods. Win Win!
- Healing: Vitamin C is vital in many different ways. It is helpful when healing wounds, but also essential in order to keep our bones healthy, as well as cartilage and connective tissue.
- Fresh Breath: Lemons cleansing properties help to freshen breath as well as help relieve toothaches and gingivitis. One not though because acid from the juice can erode the tooth enamel. Helpful Hint: Many people make the mistake of brushing their teeth immediately after they drink lemon water thinking that this will help get rid of the acidity but it can actually do more damage because they are not giving the natural bacteria in their mouths the time to deal with the problem before they get rid of it. The best thing to do is to drink your lemon water and then wait some time before brushing.
- Thirsty? When you are dehydrated when begin to feel sluggish and tired. It can also affect us in other ways such as feeling constipated, stressed, confused and it can affect our blood pressure. Lemon water rehydrates us and by doing so, supports our lymph system and immunity.
Even though lemon water isn’t going to cure diabetes, incorporating lemon water into your daily routine can help reduce and avoid some of the complications associated with diabetes.
Suggestions for incorporating more lemon water into your diet:
First thing in the morning I drink warm water with lemon to start out my day. During the day I will drink water with ice and lemon before each of my meals to help in digestion before eating. I also keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator with lemons and cucumbers — also very refreshing and delicious. It is really the only way I can get my husband to drink more water. It is husband approved!