I’ve been racking my brains trying to come up with ways to use up our bumper crop of lemons in the backyard. And one of my favourite usage of lemons? Lemon water!
Let’s face it, everyone’s been going on about lemon water for the last few years. Health and detox enthusiasts have been praising the benefits of starting each day with a glass of water with half a lemon. But instead of just pouring myself a glass of water, I thought, why not just add a few lemon slices to my Tupperware of water?
This big Tupperware drink bottle that you see pictured above has been one of my closest companions for probably more than five years now. (I can’t remember when I bought this Tupperware but I know it was ages ago! I know what they say about Tupperware having a lifetime guarantee and still I can’t believe it’s lasted me that long!) I get dehydrated really easily and I find I get really painful mouth ulcers if I don’t drink enough water so I always ensure I carry a bottle of water around with me. So I thought, why don’t I just add a few lemon slices to my Tupperware bottle? So easy, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before!
The first day I tried it out, I was recovering from my hay fever attack of the week before (an attack which is finally gone now, thank goodness!) and was super dehydrated from all the antihistamine medication I’d been taking. It was such a relief to be sipping this delicious lemon-tinged water constantly and hydrating myself! Plus, the lemon slices did a good job of lasting all day so all I had to do was keep adding water and enjoying the taste and hydration!
Here are some of the benefits I dug up about drinking lemon water:
- It gives your immune system a real boost.
- Aids digestion.
- It’s a natural diuretic so it helps to detox your system by stimulating the liver and flushing out waste more efficiently.
- Lemons are alkalising so they help balance your ph levels and decreases inflammation.
- Reduces appetite, thereby staving off the snack cravings.
- Gives you an energy boost and helps reduces anxiety and depression.
- Helps fight viral infections (remember those lemon-flavoured cough drops you take when you’ve got a sore throat? The lemon’s not just in there for the taste)
- It’s a great source of potassium, Vitamin P and Vitamin C.
- Plus, the Vitamin C and antioxidants in lemons are a great aid to your skin in fighting anti-ageing and blemishes.
- Its antiseptic qualities also help improve your breath!
But what about the warnings that all that acid in lemons corroding teeth enamel? Well, according to the experts, you would have to drink a lot of lemon water to corrode the enamel. I don’t put lemons in my water every day, maybe a couple of times a week (you do get a bit tired of that lemon taste in water if you’ve been drinking it all day) and I try not to swivel it around my teeth too much. If you are worried, though, you could also keep another bottle of (non-lemon) water by your side to wash out your mouth at the same time (hey, it’s extra the hydration!) or just restrict yourself to drinking lemon water, say, mornings only and simply remove the lemon slices in the afternoon and quickly brushing your teeth.
Keep fresh, keep hydrated!