Chemical-Free Power Drink

A simple suggestion for better health.A simple suggestion for better health.by Kristen Mucci-Mosier

Looking for one dietary addition to give you multiple health benefits? It's simple: add a squeeze of lemon to your glass of water. It will not only boost the taste, but the health benefits as well. A common recommendation in Traditional Chinese Medicine is to begin each day with a glass of water with fresh-squeezed lemon (extra bonus if it's lukewarm or room temperature). Lemon water is alkalizing for the body, ridding it of acidity that can have harmful affects on digestion, liver function and skin health.

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This simple power drink contains vitamin C, vitamin B, riboflavin and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. It helps digestion, cleanses and stimulates the liver and kidneys, offers relief from a sore throat, diminishes acne symptoms and acts as a natural diuretic to flush toxins from the body and assist in weight loss.

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Tips:
- Slice lemon and add it to a pitcher of water for an attractive and healthy drink to serve to guests
- If you're including the rind, opt for organic lemons or wash really well to avoid pesticides
- At a restaurant, simply squeeze the lemon in your water and leave the rind out to avoid pesticides and germs from being handled by employees.
On one Dr. Oz episode, he revealed that five out of five lemons tested from five different restaurants were coated with germs including mold, bacteria, staph and Candida yeast - the type found in the mouth and vagina. Yuck.
- Keep lemons at room temperature for the biggest benefits
- Don't microwave your water with lemon it; it can lose some of its nutritional benefits
- Squeeze a lemon in your water bottle before heading off to the gym

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