There are literally thousands of websites touting the benefits of natural healing and it can sometimes be hard to discern what could actually be beneficial to an individual’s health. Everything from parsley (for bad breath) to witch hazel (for blisters) to Arnica (for bruising) is used today for natural health benefits.
One thing you may not have heard of is consuming warm water and lemon, which has been a part of Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Drinking a cup of warm water with half of a lemon squeezed into it will wake-up the digestive tract and aid in removing those nasty toxins from the system. Due to the pectin fiber found in lemons the digestive tract is able to process and remove waste easier, and is also an antibacterial agent.
Lemons are also full of vitamins and minerals, one of which is vitamin C. Vitamin C has been found to boost the immune system and is also an antioxidant, which aids I the fight against free radicals in the system. The antioxidants found in vitamin C protect the body’s cells from damage and can help to protect the body against cancer. If you have a cold vitamin C acts as a natural antihistamine, which can lessen the effects of a cold. Vitamin C also aids in collagen production which is why doctors will advise those who have wound to consume it as it will aid in scar prevention.
Potassium is another component of the lemon which enables the heart to keep beating, aids the kidneys in filtering blood and also works to keep the muscles and nerves working properly. Potassium is particularly important to those with heart problems such as irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. A diet high in potassium will lower the systolic blood pressure and while there is no direct link between potassium and cholesterol, studies have concluded that those who diets have high levels of potassium also have low cholesterol levels.
It can be somewhat disconcerting that more health professionals do not share this information with the general public. Healthcare professionals such as surgical technicians would do well by their patients to share this valuable information. It’s a shame that our healthcare systems are run in such a way that a doctor or ultrasound technicians are only allotted a short amount of time with each patient.
Lemon juice is also an aid in keeping the urinary tract working at its best. Lemons are a natural diuretic which will cause a person to urinate more often, helping to flush toxins out of the system. Drinking the lemon with water aids the urinary tract even further, as many individuals do not consume enough water. Our bodies are made up of approximately 60 to 70 percent water (depending on if you are female or male, and your body weight), and consuming enough every day is important to your body’s overall health.
Lemon water is an inexpensive way to help your body remain functioning at its very best, so grab that mug, give a lemon a squeeze and turn on the kettle. It’s time to get healthy!