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Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

Many health practitioners note that water is a nutrient that our bodies need that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day. Kaiser Permanente nephrologist Steven Guest, MD said “Fluid losses occur continuously, from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool, and these losses must be replaced daily for good health.

There are even further benefits to drinking water with lemon juice

  • Adds flavor to regular water
  • An excellent source of Vitamin C
  • It’s good for the skin
  • Helps balance pH
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Freshens breath
  • Removes toxins from the body
  • It’s good for teeth and gums
  • Reduces bloat
  • Aids in digestion

What’s pH and why does it matter?

Our bodies are smart-they tell us what they need, and when they’re in an alkaline state, the body is in balance. Too much acid in the body (from stress, poor sleep patterns, improper diet, etc.) can cause problems such as chronic fatigue, allergies and arthritis.

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A blood pH level of 7.0 is neutral, A pH below 7.0 is acidic and a pH above 7.0 is alkaline. Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline (7.35 – 7.45) If blood levels are consistently above or below this range, negative conditions can exist.

An acidic pH can occur from an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a buildup of acids in the cells will occur.

An acidic balance will decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in cells, and decrease the body’s ability to repair damaged cells.

An easy way to move your body into an alkaline state is to drink fresh squeezed lemon juice in a glass of water first thing in the morning.

Freshly squeezed lemon in water is a traditional remedy that encourages good digestion.

When water intake does not equal output, dehydration can occur. Fluid losses are accentuated in warmer climates, during strenuous exercise, in high altitudes, and in older adults, whose sense of thirst may not be as sharp.

Drinking Water Is Essential To Our Health

Drinking Water Is Essential To Our Health

Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

Through the posterior pituitary gland, our brains communicate with our kidneys and tells it how much water to excrete as urine or hold onto for reserves.

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Water Can Help Control Calories

When individuals choose water or a non-caloric beverage over a caloric beverage and/or eat a diet higher in water-rich foods that are healthier, more filling, calorie intake is often reduced.

Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good

An individual’s skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss.

Dehydration causes skin to look more dry and wrinkled. This can be improved with proper hydration.

Water Helps Our Kidneys

Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine. Our kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding our bodies of toxins as long as our intake of fluids is adequate.

When we’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions.

If and individual chronically drink too little water they may be at higher risk for kidney stones, especially in warm climates.

Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function

Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along an individual’s gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When we don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration — and the result is constipation.

Adequate fluid and fiber is the perfect combination, because the fluid pumps up the fiber and acts like a broom to keep your bowel functioning properly.

7 Healthy Employee Ideas to Boost Small Business Productivity

As the statistics show, having healthy employees is important to productivity, culture, and cost containment.

As you think about programs to encourage healthy employees, there are four main areas to focus on: stress management, nutrition programs, physical exercise, and health benefits.

These programs sound expensive, but they don’t have to be. To implement workplace health programs on a small business budget, consider these budget-savvy ideas:

  • Provide employees a healthcare allowance for their health, dental, and vision insurance – instead of purchasing an expensive group health insurance plan
  • Implement a low-cost wellness program
  • Provide membership discounts to a local gym
  • Stock your kitchen with healthy snacks
  • Provide paid time off
  • Encourage (or require) stress-relief breaks or allow employees to take longer lunch breaks to exercise
  • Offer exercise classes on-site, led by a team member to lower costs
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