It is essential that we drink a minimum of 3 liters of water per day. A liter is equal to an 8 ounce glass of water, and three ounces is the equivalent to 3 glasses per day. One would think that water based drinks would easily satisfy our daily requirements. This could not be further from the truth. Every time we drink coffee, tea, and sodas our bodies must breakdown each caffeine and sugar molecule into a usable form of energy. Depending on the quality of what we eat and drink we can deprive our bodies of our much needed water intake.
Our bodies are 60% water, so we must make sure that we drink less processed drinks and more water. Drinking only water can get boring. It helps to spice it up with lemon. It not only adds flavor, but has a lot of health benefits. Lemons have a high amount vitamin C, and antioxidants. Lemon water can help with digestion, and weight loss. Drinking warm lemon water in the morning helps to flush and detoxify your digestive system. For the past few months I have added drinking warm lemon water to my morning routine. It tastes just like lemon tea. I use organic lemons or organic lemon juice. As a wife and Mom of two children, I don’t always have time to squeeze fresh lemon. So I use organic pure lemon juice from Whole Foods.
I pay close attention to the ingredient list to make sure it’s organic and that it contains no artificial ingredients.
One would think that you can continue to use lemon both at home and in restaurants. Restaurants frequently offer to provide you with the option of adding lemon wedges to your water. But buyer beware. Putting restaurant provided lemon wedges into your water may expose you potentially dangerous bacteria. Like most citrus fruit, lemons have a protective outer peel that protects it’s fruit. However the peel is not so lucky. It is exposed to surface bacteria. Over time someone handles it, it is contaminated with the bacteria from their hands as well as the counter. A 2007 study, sampled the lemon flesh and peel of 76 lemons from 21 restaurants. It showed that 70% of the samples had bacterial growth. Restaurant goers beware. Here are 3 Reasons you should not get a lemon wedge added to your water.
- The quality of a lemon is unknown when you have a lemon wedge added to your water. Produce have code labels that indicate how the fruit was produced. Select organic lemons that have a code that begins with a 9. Codes that begin with 9 are organic and grown without toxic pesticides.
- Lemon peels are often not considered dirty as peels provide protection for the fruit and are not cleaned.
- Bacteria can be transferred If the lemon is handled with unclean hands.