Starting the day with a cleansing, refreshing drink of lemon water does wonders for the system. Besides ensuring optimum hydration, lemon water has multiple benefits for the body and mind. Add in ginger, cucumber and mint and you have an incredible detoxifying solution to keep you at your best all day.
Lemon is well known for its pH balancing properties. Although it has quite an acidic taste, it is inherently alkaline and helps the body maintain its balance. It is a powerful disinfectant and antibacterial compound, aiding in the treatment many conditions from bad breath to cholera, and has 22 anti-cancer properties.
The liminoids in lemons exhibit strong antioxidant properties, preventing oxidation damage to cells. On top of that, lemons possess strong anti-fungal properties as well. By preventing oxidation damage and the growth of fungus, lemons are a substantial weapon for preventing the conditions that lead to cancers in the body. Lemons also stimulate another important facet of the immune system – the lymph system. By encouraging the flow of lymphatic fluids, lemons help the body remove cancer-causing chemicals, pesticides and heavy metals from the body.
5 min Recipe: Detoxifying Lemon Water
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/4 ginger root
- 1/2 cup mint leaves
Peel a small amount of ginger before you cut it. Slice up all the ingredients and add it water. If you want to get the most out of the ingredients, do not throw them out after one use. Generally, they will last around three days if you keep adding new water.
Drink first thing in the morning for optimum results.