A ketosis diet is one of the best when it comes to proven weight loss benefits. It has also been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, treat and reverse cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s disease, and control diabetes.
But some people still have their doubts about eating a diet that is high in acidic-forming foods. One quick and easy way to neutralize acids in the body is by adding lemon juice to your diet. Here’s why you need lemon water when you’re on the keto diet and how to make it.
Lemon Juice and PH Levels
Lemons are natural disinfectants. They safely and effectively clean everything they come in contact with, including toxins in the urine. Although lemons are acidic (citric acid), they transform into an alkaline substance once they are in your body, making them one of the healthiest foods you can eat to remove toxins and return your state of health to an alkaline one.
When it comes to understanding the importance of lemon, it helps to know a thing or two about your pH levels. Your body needs to maintain a pH level of 7.35-7.45 in order for your cells to function properly. When the body takes on a blood pH level that is too acidic, it can no longer work to the best of its abilities. This state of health is known as metabolic acidosis.
Uric acid is a byproduct of purine, which is found in many foods on the keto diet such as caffeine, organ meats (liver and kidney), turkey, game meats, sardines, and seafood. Because the kidneys are responsible for removing toxins and acids from the body through the urine, having too much uric acid is associated with an increased risk of kidney disease. Neutralizing uric acid before it reaches the kidneys is an important part of keeping them healthy.
Lemon juice keeps the body alkaline and reverses acidosis by dissolving uric acid crystals, which is crucial for improving inflammatory conditions such as gout. It also keeps your kidneys happy. Rather than eliminating meats and other foods that are high in purine from the diet, a simple solution is to drink lemon water.
Benefits of Lemon Water
Lemons are packed like a clown car with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. (Fun fact: they contain more potassium than apples or grapes!)
Because of how hard lemon juice can be on the enamel of your teeth, it’s important to dilute it with water of any temperature (though lukewarm is recommended). Drink it first thing in the morning, and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. This will help you fully receive the benefits of lemon water, which are listed below.
- 1. Gives your immune system a boost
- 2. Excellent source of potassium
- 3. Aids digestion
- 4. Cleanses your system
- 5. Freshens your breath
- 6. Keeps your skin blemish-free
- 7. Helps you lose weight
- 8. Reduces inflammation
- 9. Gives you an energy boost
- 10. Helps to cut out caffeine
- 11. Help fight viral infections
How to Make Lemon Water
Now that you know the components of lemon water, let’s now take you through the process of how to make some of it. Well, there’s not much of a process, in fact… Lemon water is so simple to make that even a 2-year-old can easily make some with almost no difficulties.
All you need to do is:
- Take a glass of water
Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon (or full, if you like a strong citric flavor)
Stir well before gulping down the deliciousness!
You can even let the lemon slices soak into either normal or warm water and let it stew slowly into the water for a sourer taste that some people prefer.
You can make this process even easier (and interesting) by juicing a batch of lemons beforehand and storing them in ice cube trays in the freezer making delightful small lemon-juice cubes.
Whenever you feel like a little citrus boost treat or are in a hurry for office, you can just pop some cubes into a glass of water and drink away- fresh lemonade at any time of the day! It’s easy for the kids to make these too.
Note: After squeezing every last ounce of juice from the lemon, you can retain the peels and use for a whole lot of other things. The peel can be used to cleanse any tough stains of laundry or even your vessels.
It can also be used as a flavoring agent in many baked food items – ever heard of lemon zest cake?
How much lemon juice should you add?
This is highly subjective based on the individual’s own taste. Doctors recommend based on body weight, that if you weigh under 150 pounds then half a lemon’s juice is sufficient amount, and if you’re over the 150-pound mark, then a full lemon’s juice ought to do the trick!
Note: While you’re at it, always make sure to purchase lemons which have thinner skins- this means the fruit is much juicier, which means more lemon pulp for you!
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