The lemon is a product of small evergreen trees native to Asia. Usually, lemons have a use in culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world. It is mostly sought after because of it’s juice which has culinary and cleaning uses. Being 5 to 6 percent acidic is what causes the fruit to have that distinct sour taste.
You’ll mostly see the lemon fruit being used to add taste to a wide variety of food and drinks. Remember the lemonade craze when you were young? It is also used to marinate fish because the acid of the lemon neutralizes the amines in the fish by converting them into nonvolatile ammonium. Long story short, it tenderizes the meat.But aside from adding a little zing of taste to our food, lemon is also used as a cleaning agent, in medicine, and it can be used to develop invisible ink.
Lemon has so many uses that it might take us a day or two discussing each so today we will just focus on the simplest and that is LEMON WATER. My mom was the one who introduced this to me and she hasn’t shut up about it since until I tried it out.
HOW TO MAKE LEMON WATER:
All over the internet, I’ve seen people complicate the procedure when it’s really easy. Here’s the things that you will need:
- Pitcher of cold water (so that it will be refreshing to drink)
- Empty Pitcher
- Cutting board
- Clean the fruit. You can buy lemon from a local grocery store near you. Remove the stickers on the fruit and wash it under running water.
- Cut the fruit into several slices. Some people add lime too and you can if you want, but let’s stick with lemon in this post. Don’t cut the lemon too thick or too thin. Remove the seeds.
- Place the sliced lemon in the empty pitcher. Give them a light squeeze before completely dropping them inside to released a little of their juice. Add cold water. Lemon floats, by the way so if you want a stronger taste make sure that the lemon slices are under the ice cubes not the other way around.
- Leave the pitcher alone for a few hours – maybe one to two hours. You can put it back in the fridge if you want.
You can then drink the lemon water. Don’t let it stay too long in the fridge though. Make a fresh batch daily!
You can also drink lemon with lukewarm water. Health experts recommend drinking it first thing in the morning, 15 to 30 minutes before you have your breakfast. However, there are also some who suggest drinking it all day. Make sure you take care of your teeth though since lemon is acidic! It might do some damage to your teeth’s enamel.
BENEFITS OF DRINKING LEMON WATER
- POTASSIUM RICH. For those who didn’t know, potassium is really good for the heart, nerves, and even brain function.
- HELPS IN YOUR DIGESTION. Are you a little constipated? Lemon can help! It is because of the acidic nature of the fruit that helps it break down the food you have eaten. Feeling a little bloated? Lemon water is the answer.
- HASTENS YOUR METABOLISM.
- HYDRATES YOU. How many glasses of water do you drink daily? Lemon water can help you stay hydrated. To know if you are hydrated enough, check out the color of your urine. It should be light yellow!
- GIVES YOU YOUR DAILY DOSE OF VITAMIN C.
- CLEANS YOU INSIDE AND OUT. Lemon can help clean your liver The enzymes that come with lemon help stimulate your liver function which helps eliminate wastes from your body more effectively. Not only that, it helps keep your skin clear. It minimizes wrinkles too.
TIP: You can rub some left over lemon on your skin to clear up some blemishes, dark spots, and also hasten the healing of acne. Vitamin C promotes healing.
- REDUCES INFLAMMATION & FORMATION OF URIC ACID. Not only will your joints thank you, but your kidneys will too.
- GIVES YOU ENERGY. Try it. You might not even need that cup of coffee in the afternoon.
Go ahead and try lemon water to see the effects for yourself! Remember, health is wealth! ❤