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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

5 Reasons To Drink Lemon Water In The Morning


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Number 1
It balances pH--Lemon is an acidic food, but once metabolized, it becomes alkaline.  I work very hard at keeping my body alkaline.  Why?

To put it most simply, alkalies help keep the oxygen in our blood at a safe pH level, and this helps our body heal itself, assimilate nutrients and fight off unwanted sickness.

I have read of many people who have fought their cancer nutritionally by focusing on the body's pH levels. Kris Carr, of Crazy Sexy Cancer has halted tumors growing in her liver for over 7 years by focusing on nutrition, including alkalizing foods.  I think that is crazy cool.  Even a little crazy sexy cool!!


I regularly check the pH of my body using these little pH strips.  I now know what foods --GREENS!--will keep my levels where they need to be.  I also believe lemon water helps this process.

Number 2
It keeps skin clear and glowing!   I have noticed this.  Hydration from drinking lemon water is great for moisturizing our skin from the inside out.  Lemon also contains lots of Vitamin C, which helps with wrinkles and blemishes.

Number 3
It kick starts the digestive system--a big glass of lemon water is a great way to start the day.  It encourages the liver to produce bile which in turn aids in digestion.  It increases urination which helps purify it.  It also helps with heartburn and constipation.

Number 4
It helps with weight loss--I have read that keeping the body in an alkaline state helps people lose weight faster.  Lemons are high in fiber pectin, which helps keep one full, longer.  They also have a diuretic effect, which helps with water weight gain.

Number 5
It helps control the coffee habit--I will drink coffee sometimes, but only if I have had my entire glass of lemon water.  Many days I feel like the lemon water wakes me up more than coffee does... 

...which brings me to bonus Number 6:
It helps kick the pop habit--I have found that adding lemon to sparkling water and adding a whole lot of ice satisfies any soda craving I might have.  I gave up soda pop the minute I was diagnosed a year ago, and I really don't miss it.  I don't think I could stand the sweetness of it now, but I DO miss the fizz, so my "Lemon Spritzer"--lemon +sparkling water+ice--is the perfect solution!


My mom gave me this antique lemon press.  I just love it.  I think it is cute so it stays out on my counter top, on display, which is perfect since it is used every morning.


I use 1/2 lemon, add ice to a 24 ounce mason jar, and add water to the top.  


So easy fun and easy to use!


I save the second half for a refreshing "Lemon Spritzer" (see #6) later in the day.


 When I pour freshly squeezed lemon juice over ice, I get the same feeling one might get when popping the top of their pop can and fizz leaks out, Ahhh.... or maybe the same feeling of the champagne cork popping?  Ok..maybe not THAT good...


My lemon press is super easy to clean.  I just the remove the metal and rinse.


*Tip..use a straw to keep the acidic lemon off your teeth. (Remember, it is acidic until digested, then it turns alkaline)
I am not sure where you can get a press exactly like mine.  Like I said, my mom bought it for me, I think from an antique shop or maybe even a thrift store?



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298 comments:

  1. Love it! I drink water with liquid chlorophyll, but this would be a wonderful change! I'm going to click through and order a lemon juicer...although yours is so darling. But I don't want to wait...hmmm...what to do what to do. Can you see I tend to torture myself over nothing? Maybe lemon water would help that? Lisa~

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  2. When I was pregnant with my daughter I developed gallstones. I've been drinking lemon water ever since as it's terrific for gallbladder health too. I'm happy to say, I haven't had an attack since she was a baby and now she's four! The surgeon even let me keep my gallbladder!! Woohoo - no surgery, regardless of how minor is a plus for me!

    I first heard of Ph levels and the importance of them from Jay Kordich of Juiceman "fame". It makes a lot of sense to me. I don't test my Ph (though maybe I should) but I do try to be aware of the foods/drinks that are the most acidic and try to avoid.

    Love love love your lemon juicer. I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for one like it. It would look so cute on my counter!

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    1. I also drink it for gallbladder issues.... it's my "belly saver" as I call it!

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    2. Maybe I should start. I also had gall stones while I was pregnant. Then came the pancreatitis, then the preeclampsia... then I had to be rush to the delivery room because the toxins got to my brain and I passed out and had a personality switch. My gall bladder had to be removed right after my levels dropped down. Trying to stay healthy now!

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  3. I've never heard of that - thanks for sharing! Does it matter if the water is cold or hot?

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    1. Nope!Its great either way, Hot lemon water is good if its cold out and your feelin under the weather!!

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  4. Hi Lisa!! Ohh chlorophyll is another awesome alkalizing pick me up! I take sprulina to get my chlorophyll, the organic pills from trader joes. I looked on google for my press and found nothing..:(

    Hi Missy-so cool about your gallstones and no surgery. Glad you think the juicer is cute, I did too!

    Hi Jessica--Great question. I have read that ideally the water should be lukewarm, but I don't remember why. I think I ignored it b/c I know I love my ice!!:) Something about it taking less energy for the body to digest it if it is body temperature??

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    1. Your comment at the very end, about the body using less energy to digest the water, is actually correct. The body is able to put the lemon water to work faster if it is at room temperature, or even heated for 30 seconds after coming out of the tap, than if it's either too cold or too hot, as it would have to work to alter the temperature first before it could make use of it. Great posting btw...although I still love my coffee, I do appreciate the purging qualities of lemon water, as well as its overall benefits to the body! Thanks for sharing!

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    2. not sure if you knew or not... but while you are eating it is better to drink warm-hot drinks (green tea, hot tea, lemon water, etc) because when you drink something cold it solidifies the fat in the food you're eating which also makes it very difficult for digestion.. and makes you use the bathroom more frequently.. if you drink something warm while eating your body has an easier time digesting and absorbing all the nutrients and it regulates your digestive system...

      Just something to keep in mind! I love my lemon water thats for sure - and I do know that when lemons start to get a bit pricey its also a good change to buy the already squeezed into a bottle juice with half of a real lemon. its cheaper AND it tastes exactly the same :)

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    3. I just read an article on Hoax Slayer that said it's a myth about drinking something cold solidifying the fat. I don't know about the other stuff on here though.

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    4. Your body is at 98.6 so even if you drink cold drinks, when they hit your stomach they warm up to body temp. they don't stay cold.

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    5. Never underestimate the value of a simple fork in juicing a lemon half - scrape any loose seeds free, insert the fork into the heart of the lemon half and squeeze, pivoting the lemon back and forth on the fork. So easy and leaves your counter top free!

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    6. I've read multiple times that drinking ice water is good for you because you burn calories while heating it in you stomach.

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    7. I have the same lemon press. I bought it at Crate and Barrel about 6 years ago. Im not sure if they still have it.

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  5. Thanks for your comments! You all make posting about simple lemon water so much fun!

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  6. I drink a glass of water every moring when I wake up, any time I go out to eat I always drink lemon water, I have also heard that lemon water helps to prevent kidney stones.

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  7. I have the same juicer as you! I also drink lemon water everyday but add a Tablespoon of Organic Blackstrap Molasses. Just do a search for the health benefits and you'll see why ;o)

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    1. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=118&tname=foodspice

      this is a great link i found talking about molasses, ill deffinitly have to try adding it to my lemon water ^_^

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    2. I have a bottle of lemon juice,that is outdated,Jan 20,2010I was wondering if it still would be good to dring,Thanks

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  8. I have heard about the weight loss factor from a lot of people and I followed it too for a couple of weeks but could go no further. Laziness!! But after reading add these added advantages, I think it's time to go back to a glass of lemon water in the morning. Thanks for sharing all the information. You are a sweetheart!!

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  9. Thanks for sharing this, Amy! I drink lemon water as well. It needs to be lukewarm because hot water will "kill" most of the vitamin C, and cold water is a shock to your digestive system.

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  10. I have been drinking lemon in my water from the time I was a child but I never knew all the benefits from it. Thanks for enlightening me. I also love lime in my water, wonder if it has all the same properties as a lemon?

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  11. Thanks for reminding me how much I love lemons! You should check out glass dharma straws though, they look fantastic in a mason jar.

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  12. Yum, these are all excellent reasons. I drink water with a shot of cranberry juice (no sugar added) in the morning. With a straw as well. I think I need to add lemon to the mix!

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  13. I'm very humbled/honored that you would quote me. :) I have been out of practice so thank you for the reminder of how beneficial starting the day with water and lemon is!

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  14. If you miss fizz - have you considered kombucha? It's a fermented tea drink and you can flavor it however you like.

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  15. I love drinking lemon water...all day long! When I don't have fresh lemons, I use lemon essential oil. Great post about the many benefits!

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  16. Hi Amy! Great info. Thanks. You should buy some stainless steel reusable straws! We use them at our house--good for years and years. Wash just like you do silverware. They even have bent ones. I think I found mine on Amazon.

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  17. Love your comments everyone! Especially loved the straw recommendations. It sounds like limes are very similar to lemons, and even contain more vitamin c! Here is a link to the health benefits of limes..http://len7288.hubpages.com/hub/Health-Benefits-of-Lime

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  18. For the spritzer mentioned in the post, any carbonated water will do, which is club soda, seltzer, or sparkling. All the same thing. Some are flavored--watch out for these, they often have artificial sweeteners in them.

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  19. I am obsessed with lemon water! I have almost completely stopped drinking soda.... maybe only two a week! I also love the taste. I did a cleanse with my husband a few months ago and we had to drink a cup of lemon water when we woke up every morning before we could eat/drink anything else. It helps cleanse and boost the digestive system just like you said! I love lemons :)

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  20. Thanks for the tips. That juicer is so cool! Totally gonna get one. LOL.

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  21. I have a press that looks just like yours. I got it as a wedding gift from my Crate & Barrel registry in 1998.

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  22. Love the lemon tips. We have kefir water every morning. Lemon would be great to add to the kefir water to help with all the tips you suggested.

    On another note, my mom cured her breast cancer in the 1970's by changing her diet. It can be done!

    Found your blog through Pinterest...going to start following you because A: your blog is beautiful and B: great info!

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    1. stefani that is amazing! Did she do a certain diet in. Particular?

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  23. Can u use bottled lemon juice?

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  24. Hi Erin...so am I! So fun that others have formed a love relationship with lemons:)
    Chrissy..I have been told the press was from Crate & Barrel, 1998! There are many great presses out there, though..
    Stefani...so great to hear about your mom! I may email you to get more details in what she did. I know many that love their kefir:) Thank you so much for your kind comments.
    Anonymous...I am not sure about the bottled lemon juice, but I KNOW it would not taste as refreshing. I always think fresh is best for retaining the most nutrients..

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    1. I read about this on Friday and was on lookout for press just like this! I got lucky today in a store called le gourmet for $40, just like this one (yours) only has a steel top instead of white but everything else is the same! I was so happy!!!

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  25. Thank you for this post. As soon as I read it I went out and bought lemons and a huge bag of ice. I'm pregnant and my mouth started to water as soon as I read your post!

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  26. Lemon water is also a cure/relief for people who suffer from gout. Use room temperature water as hot/boiling water changes the properties of the lemon juice.

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  27. I've heard that apple cider vinegar also does the same as lemon water. I imagine lemon water would probably taste a bit better Lol

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    1. Actually, I used to drink cider vinegar in hot water in the morning (with a gob of local honey for its anti-allergens), and I think I would prefer it to the lemon.

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  28. Someone on this site should read a biochem book. First off, oxygen is an element, it doesn't have "pH". Second, you can't test the "pH" of your body because it is different everywhere. The normal pH of blood is between 7.35 and 7.45 making blood "slightly alkaline" in that neutral pH is 7.0. The body has a natural buffering system. When it is too acidic the body can compensate by increasing the carbonate through metabolism, and by increasing breathing, which releases acid in your breath. But it is very hard to do the reverse.

    Try picking up a book and learning some science here:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books. The books are free to read.

    References:

    Molecular Biology of the Cell, 4th edition

    Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, and Peter Walter.
    New York: Garland Science; 2002.
    ISBN-10: 0-8153-3218-1
    ISBN-10: 0-8153-4072-9

    Biochemistry, 5th edition

    Jeremy M Berg,1 John L Tymoczko,2 and Lubert Stryer3.
    1 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    2 Carleton College
    3 Stanford University
    New York: W H Freeman; 2002.
    ISBN-10: 0-7167-3051-0

    Copyright © 2002, W. H. Freeman and Company.
    Contents

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    1. Someone on this site should read an etiquette book. Mr. Anonymous: I believe we all understand why you have chosen to cowardly hide behind anonymity. If you can tell me exactly why you believe it would be unhealthy to drink a glass of lemon water, please do so. Being able to quote an undergraduate biochemistry book doesn't make you intelligent, or informed.

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    2. AMEN jewlz!

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    3. It isn't that lemon water is NOT healthy... simply that it isn't magic.

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    4. I very much believe that eating healthy can really work great things for your body! You get back what you put in!!
      I myself would always offer a word of caution to readers about messing with the bodies pH level, just because our bodies are different from one-antohers.
      Yes it is true that the hemoglobin that carries the oxygen through our body can actually change it's shape if your pH go either too acidic or alkaline. Then the oxygen has a hard time getting to where it needs to go. For most people, our bodies keep it's pH level in check on it's own just fine. But for others the body get's out of whack for a whole list of reason and if drinking lemon water helps that I say awesome! But I don't think that #1 was written because she is trying to tell everyone that they should run out grab some lemons and try to change the pH of their bodies.
      I myself love drinking lemon water!

      So to "Anonymous" You have one brain and mouth for a reason. And two eyes and ears for a reason too. Reading is not the only way you learn. You can learn by watching others and listening too! So maybe you should try using some manners before you let your brain and mouth make you look like an ass.

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    5. Hey Anonymous, RUDE much??? HMPH!

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  29. Dear Anonymous,
    I would appreciate the information without the condescending tone. I learn by reading and share what I know. My doctor checks the ph of my blood, so there must be something to it. I DO appreciate the reading suggestions you left, so thank you for that..

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  30. Great post Amy (I too found it on Pinterest). There are a multitude of reasons why we can all stand to drink more water, esp. lemon water! Drinking lemon water can also improve the glycemic response to a meal (ie lower insulin levels = ability for body to naturally burn fat).

    PS Loved the way you handled the anonymous comment :)

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  31. Hi Amy...

    I just found your blog today....through Pinterest. I am on my way to buy lemons now. I haven't been feeling well lately maybe this can help.

    Thanks Sue.

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  32. I love lemon water too. I was on a diet that promoted drinking it, and now I'm hooked. They recommended adding some all natural stevia to it, and making a "lemonade" drink... so I do this frequently. It helps me drink more of it, sometimes. Hopefully it has the same benefits, and I like stevia now too. I used to use splenda and sweet n low, but now it's all stevia. Thanks for your post!

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  33. Very interesting...I also wonder if there is a difference between the bottled juice and the fresh. While I always like things better from the source sometimes it's just not as readily available. Thanks for sharing this, I'm also here from Pinterest!

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    1. bottled is sure better then nothing & at the price of lemons , nothing would be what I use,esp a half a lemon every day.
      a lady I know drank 1/2 cup , straight, of aCv every day ! aw.. brave women to be sure !
      Anytime you can drink plan old water the better you are for it .. lemon , aCv or not.
      just my 2 cents.

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  34. There is a frozen lemon juice packaged by Minute Maid that is real juice with nothing added...it's great, I've used it for years...
    Found your site through Pinterest...good luck with your self healing diet...I think it is great to take control of your diet!!!

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  35. Thank you for telling everyone about your lemon water and the benefits associated with drinking it daily. I would also like to address the post referencing the biochemistry books. The tone was totally unnecessary. Science does not have the answer to everything. We are constantly learning new things everyday and do not know the answers to everything. I once failed a research paper in an advanced nutrition class. The subject was antioxidants and at the time it was cutting edge. My professor said that there was no proof that antioxidants were beneficial because the AMA and the ADA ( referencing medical and dietician associations? ) have not set standards therefore it was not true. Well, well, well- we now know many things beyond antioxidants and WHY they are beneficial in overall health and vitality. Also, the earth is round - not flat. Need I say more? :)

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    1. I hope you took your failed paper back to your professor and stuck it in his/her face! LOL

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  36. You can buy a citrus press like your's at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Mine is stainless steel, but has the exact same look. :)

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  37. Love this site and the conversations about Lemon water.Also found it through Pinterest.

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  38. Could you use lemon juice that comes from the bottle? Is that the same thing? I'm in college and live in a dorm. It would be so much easier to keep a bottle of lemon juice in the fridge than try to cut a lemon every morning. Cheaper too.

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  39. What about limes? I much prefer lime water to lemon, but do they provide the same benefits?

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    1. Limes have more Vitamin C and they are stronger. other than that it is most likely the same

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  40. LOVE this!

    Even if I put lemon in my tea, it would be better than no lemon at all? Thanks!

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  41. Does this work with lemon juice instead of fresh lemons?

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  42. hi! i work @ crate and barrel and that press is called the mighty oj. alas, we don't carry it now, but a quick google search came up with several retailers who do... it's usually about $40 a pop, and comes in different finishes. if i remember right, it has a famous designer and was featured at the museum of modern art. good luck and good health, ladies(and gentlemen)!

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  43. Love the info! I will start drinking more lemon water and less diet coke!

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    1. Me, too. Boo diet coke, my mid-afternoon weakness. I found my way to this inspiring article via Pinterest.

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  44. I would try the frozen lemon juice before bottled. Freezing would retain nutrients, where as bottled I am sure loses much of the nutrients, plus just tastes nasty!
    Thank you all for the press info! I was hoping someone would know.

    Yes, it seems lime is just as healthy as lemons. Here is a link to benefits of lime..http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-lime.html

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    1. Just found your blog on Pintrest. Thanks for the lemon/lime info. Can't wait to try, but I have (probably a stupid) question. Do I have to drink all 24oz at once, or is this something I should spread out over the course of the day? I drink water all day anyway (maybe 1-2 sodas a month), but why not get the most out of it?

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  45. My Mom also has one of these presses. It belonged to her grandmother and is such a neat little antique that works great. As for the Lemon water when I was a little girl I had to be in "Diet Center" and this was one of their techniques except you had to drink the water warm. It worked very well.

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  46. Here is a link to what I think your juicer is on amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Metrokane-Mighty-Citrus-Juicer-Chrome/dp/B0000CFNDW/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top. this one has a chrome head, but it looks like the same model :)

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  47. Can the water be tap water?

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  48. Does anyone know if using the whole lemon with a Vita Mix would give the same results? This was a good link through Pinterest. Sorry about the anonymous. Don't know what the other stuff means.

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  49. Just be careful of your teeth. My mom is a dental hygienist and has many people coming in that drink too much lemon water. 2 a day at the very most or your teeth are going to suffer from the acid.

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    1. You might have missed the *Tip toward the end of this blog. It reminds us to use straws to prevent damage to our teeth from the acidity. :)

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  50. Saw this on Pinterest! Isn't it fun when Pinterest shares what you have posted all over the place! I will have to do it again and the suggestion of the straws is great. The ones you show are beautiful.

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  51. I've been pop free for almost 3 years now. I like plain ole' water, but now I will throw in some lemon. :) I'll give the lemon spritzer a try too!

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  52. Lemon water is great and so is Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic, unfiltered, with the mother). Sounds gross, but it really isn't bad at all. I have lost 15 pounds since starting it three months ago, and I haven't been sick either. Just a tablespoon in a large glass of water,drink through a straw..google the benefits!

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  53. Love this! I found this on Pinterest and I would love for you to link this up at our link party...I know our readers would love this! junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/11/link-it-up-wednesday_08.html

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  54. Just found this post today through Pinterest and HAD to try it! I made my water with half a lemon, half a lime and a packet of sweetener. It is definitely refreshing and feels like it wakes you up more than coffee, I agree! Thanks so much for the amazing tips and good luck with the self healing. Stay strong!

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  55. If you really want to assist the liver (and the kidneys) add real maple syrup (grade B is best) andd cayenne pepper. This mixture is also used as a fasting cleanse, but even if you just drink it daily it helps!

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  56. lemon water is also good for preventing kidney stones. :)

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  57. I too, drink water with lemon every day, throughout the day. I am a cancer survivor, and have completely changed what I allow into my home, body, and life. I read everything I can get my hands on that has to do with living well through good nutrition, and various natural solutions. If I could go back and take away my 6 months of chemo, I would! I believe I only succeeded in poisoning myself. I would make radically different treatment choices today. I also feel that food can cause AND cure us of disease!
    I am so happy to have stumbled across your blog today through Pinterest.
    With regard to the extremely condescending comment left by an anonymous reader earlier...shake it off. Some people can only feel important by making others feel small. You handled it with grace. Kudos to you. I will be following your blog from now on!

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  58. "Science does not have the answer to everything". Sure, but when you're talking about the pH of you blood and the effects of drinking lemon water - that's science. You can't use scientific claims to back something up if the science isn't there. Though condescending as it may have been, I think this was the intentions of the "Anonymous" post above.

    If you feel better drinking lemon water, keep doing it. Though I doubt it is for many of the reasons listed.

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  59. I am starting this ASAP! Thanks for the tip! I am your newest follower :)

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  60. Found this post on Pinterest and am really going to give this a try!

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  61. The bottled lemon juice that you find on the grocery store shelf has added sulfites. Sulfites give me migraines.

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  62. I am curious about whether the effects of drinking vinegar water would be similar?

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  63. LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for sharing. Besides the pH testing kit, is there anything else you use to learn about where to keep your levels? I'm in the process of learning more about this too.

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  64. You can get lemon presses similar to this at Bed Bath and Beyond.

    http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=13573077

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  65. I think you'll find soda water will cancel out the alkalinizing effect, and too much cold slows the digestion. But you have encouraged me to get back to doing this, you could try it warm some mornings?

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  66. Anonymous: If "the effects of lemon" is science, why are you spending time commenting? Just let it go. We all have different interests and rights to our opinions. No need to go to a site fight-chasing. Please try being more positive.

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  67. There is a whole lot of "research" out there and I am (usually) on the side of proven science when it comes to anything on this matter...what I think, imho, is that eating greens and drinking lemon water, etc, help our bodies to work the right way even MORE than it already does.

    Yes our bodies are amazing and actually do adjust the ph on its own, most of the time! God made us perfect! But our diets are not, and perhaps people who are sick NEED to eat MORE of these foods?!

    Meaning, when people are sick with cancer etc, their bodies aren't working properly. So perhaps the ph IS somehow off in those patients? It's an interesting discussion!!!

    Bottom line, we all need to eat more green veggies, and although some of the benefits of lemons and limes are overstated by some folks, the fact is they are HIGH in vit c, have fiber and are good for us. So although we sometimes want more details, or fight over the details, drinking this won't hurt us and we all need what citrus fruits have to offer. And lemon water is SO DARN GOOD!!!

    Thanks Amy for a super blog! Thank you for sharing your journey and insights! Good luck!

    And while I believe in our right to free speech, I also feel that we have a moral obligation to do so in a gentle and kind manner. No one is 100% right...not even science. Our bodies are dynamic (meaning changing) and even the simplest of drugs or foods etc will interact differently each time we ingest! So there is no hard and fast rule for our bodies! Each of us responds differently. Just an errant thought! :)))))

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  68. My mother drank lemon water to replace coffee in the morning for a couple of years until it destroyed the enamel on her teeth.

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  69. Loving the discussion everyone! Anonymous- this is why I suggest drinking it with a straw.

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  70. ...this is written towards the end of the post.
    "*Tip..use a straw to keep the acidic lemon off your teeth. (Remember, it is acidic until digested, then it turns alkaline)"

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  71. I like to drink it w/ real maple syrup as a sweetener.
    Also like to have lime as the major ingredient.
    This has helped me w/ digestion issues and I have a friend w/ irritable bowel syndrome - she raves
    about it

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  72. I love the taste of Lemon water-- however, I've done the same thing with ACV (apple cider vinegar) and Baking Soda-- to correct ph and alkalize the body...basically, the oxygen levels in the blood/body do increase making it harder for disease to take hold.
    For me it was fibroid cysts-- I'm here to testify that it is good for the body!

    Amy- keep on doing what your doing; a testimony cannot be refuted. Not scientifically or spiritually,Period.

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  73. Lemon water sounds delish! I'll have to try it in the mornings since I am not a coffee drinker.

    As regards the water temp, room temperature water is always better for you to drink than cold. I can't remember exactly why, but it has something to do with the way your body metabolizes/ digests fat. Cold water is a shock to your digestive system and your body doesn't digest as efficiently. If you feel the need to drink cold water, it is best not to do so with a meal.

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  74. Hi Amy! I got a vintage lemon press for Christmas! whoohoo. I am starting this tomorrow. Today - trip to T'J's for some lemon! Thanks. Love you. :)

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  75. This is a great post!
    "Anonymous" needs to read further in the biochemistry book. They were correct that oxygen doesn't have a "pH" but it is very important when determining pH. When detecting acidemia or alkalemia in the body, the most important molecules are bicarbonate (HCO3) and carbon dioxide (CO2). Oxygen is in both of these. Your respiratory system also has large effects in maintaining the body's pH. Your kidneys and respiratory system are essential for maintaining a slightly alkaline pH. They work to balance each other. Seeing as lemon water works on the kidneys (diuretic, etc) I would hazard a guess that the benefits are more than what you think!

    Also, I believe your doctor is taking an arterial blood gas to monitor your blood pH.

    I am in pharmacy school and we learn all the time about metabolic/respiratory acidosis and alkalosis. These conditions can cause major catastrophe in the body and anything that helps maintain a normal pH of 7.35 to 7.45 is a good thing!

    I am going to start drinking this every morning :)

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  76. @Kelsey
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with such grace, and taking time to type it all out for us! Cheers to lemon water and healthy body ph!!

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  77. I love that I found this site. I love reading about health benefits of foods, in this case drinks.. I am one of these people that need to eat better because I was taught growing up more about convenience foods vs healthy foods. I don't know all the science facts about PH levels etc. I do know that I learned some about PH levels when I started selling a line of skin care products and Vit. C works the same on the outside as it does on the inside. It helps prevent early aging. I also know that last year I was having major stomach issues, so bad that I couldn't hold anything down & lost 32 lbs in a matter of three months. I think most was due to my diet and it really opened my eyes. I've been drinking water with lemon in it on and off for the past year and I love it! Makes me feel refreshed in the morning (I've never been a coffee drinker). I do need to invest in some of these glass straws and a press. I've never seen those before and I hate plastic anything. Since I've been drinking water with lemon I am not having my stomach issues anymore & I'm not taking the meds that I was told to take. The side affects to me looked more harmful than good. So learning about the benefits of food & drinks has helped me make better choices for me and my children & that makes me very happy! BTW I got rid of all my plastic in my house that had anything to do with food that I could. If you read up on plastic it's really scary the problems it can cause. Another thing I wasn't taught when I was younger. I remember thinking plastic was wonderful and going to help us vs. hurt us. Thank you Amy for putting information out here to try to help others. Keep up the good work! :)

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  78. I usually drink three glasses of water to start my day and now I will definitely be adding lemon!

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  79. I have a stainless steel press like that! I am going to implement this starting tomorrow as one of my habits.

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  80. i just started drinking lemon a week ago... But in a different way.. I drink a shot of 30cc lemon in the morning....after some 10 minutes i drink water, eat banana, then breakfast... after breakfast, i have that feeling of wanting to use the toilet (LOL).. Anyway, this morning I will mix lemon with water and see how it'll work for me..

    Anyway, I got lost and just tadaaah in your blog... you should check mine so you'll know why i suddenly got interested with yours! LOL :)


    www.niqueinit.blogspot.com
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  81. You put it very simply in your 5 reasons. I've been reading about lemons elsewhere and using it daily for a few months although I have always adored lemons.

    QUESTION: My lemons have tasted AWFUL lately and I keep feeling disappointed. I'm guessing maybe its a seasonal thing I don't know. Anyone else ever go through a spell of not yummy lemons? I've tried buying them in different stores but no help!

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  82. I buy a bag of lemons, juice them, and freeze the juice in ice-cube trays. Store the lemon-juice cubes in a ziplock bag in the freezer, and use one cube in glass of water. Saves time and money.

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  83. Love your blog found you on pinterest, have you ever tried true lemon, not the one in the plastic lemon, it is 100% natural. like to keep in purse so can use in water or tea all day. Was freaked out years ago after reading about using lemons from restaurants may not be washed and contain bacteria. Wash your lemons. Thanks for your great blog, showers of blessings and healing on you today :-)

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  84. I have used lemon in my water for years, I love the taste it is so refreshing! I use the true lemon also, it is much easier then squeezing! But same great taste..

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  85. I use 1/2 a lemon in a 24 oz mason jar. I save the other half for later in the day.

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  86. as a dental hygienist i love that you added the straw :) chew some gum after, (to wash away the acid) or eat a protein source (this helps neutralize the acid) and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing (if you do it any sooner you can brush the acid into your teeth and erode enamel)

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    2. Thank you, Anonymous, I have de-mineralization problems with my teeth and was going to brush right after the lemon water!

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  87. Very Interesting stuff. I also use the True Lime product with some Truvia for sweetner in my water - I love the taste of it:-. Have you ever heard of the True Lime product? They have lemon and some other flavors also. Convenient for on the go for sure!!

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  88. what about using Real Lemon Juice from a bottle... would that have the same effect?

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  89. LOVE all the info!! Here is a link to a juicer - cheapest one I could find via internet: http://www.thegourmetdepotco.com/metrokane/3502c-mighty-oj-citrus-juicer-white-chrome/

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  90. OK negative anonymous, you need to disappear.

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  91. Hey just wanted to add that I just read an article about how added lemon juice (or any citrus for that matter), increases the efficacy of absorption of lots of the antioxidants and beneficial plant chemicals in green tea, more so than green tea alone. So combining the two is also another good idea. Thanks for the article! I think I might start making lemon water a new part of my morning routine!

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  92. I don't drink lemon water every day but I do love it! I drink it quite frequently at restaurants and, lately, I have been making an effort to drink more water. I really don't care for the taste of just plain water (even the bottled kind) so I add lemon juice to it. I'm going to have to start doing that more frequently (and I loved one of the commentors idea to juice several lemons and freeze them!).
    I also like mixing other fruits in water and letting the whole thing sit over night. Yummy and healthy - certainly more so than soda!!!

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  93. I get water when we are at a restaurant with my granddaughter. She wants lemonaid so I put Truvia (Stevia) in to give it a sweet taste. She loves that we can make our own lemonaid!!

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  94. I drink lemon water every morning, I have seen all the results listed above. I do however, drink my lemon with warm water, because sometimes cold water in the morning can shock your metabolism.

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  95. The very best way to get the juice from lemons, limes, oranges, etc is the old fashioned glass juicers where you twist it back and forth. I have tried several other juicers and go back to my good old standby every single time. I love thriftstores so when I see one I grab it.......never know when a friend is gonna see how great they are and want one!!

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  96. I've been drinking a 12-16 oz glass of warmed water with a lime/lemon freshly squeezed first thing in the morning for about a month and I have to admit, it was a taste I grew to appreciate. I've lost 5 lbs with just this simple, little change in my lifestyle and diet. I am originally from India but grew up in the States. Drinking warm or room temperature lime/lemon water is something my mom use to do to lose weight! IT WORKS!!! But i was told not to add any sugar or sweetner to it.
    Sometimes, I drink an 8 oz glass before lunch or end up day with a warm glass of lime/lemon water.
    hope this helps.

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  97. Amy I've been drinking lemon water like you since my diagnosis and besides the good taste I feel it helps me feel clean inside! I warm up the water a bit and leave the squeezed lemon soaking a bit then drink the juice! Wishing us both the best of luck! My inspiration is also Kris Karr! We re survivors already and gonna make it :) xx

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  98. how much lemon and water to use to be effective?

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  99. You can also use the lemon peel in your bath! It smells great and gives your skin a nice boost in the winter! Just store the peel in an air tight container in the fridge. Cut into small slices and put in a hot bath or even a foot soak!

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  100. I have the same juicer in stainless steel! See William Sonoma!

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  101. I love reading your blog!!! Thanks for all the great info. I have a funny story about lemon water. We were at a famous restaurant in Chicago called Ed Debevics... If your not familiar with this particular restaurant they are famous for their "rude service" anyway, I ordered lemon with water and our waiters come back to me was that I was just to cheap to pay for the lemonade. Lol it's a fun place to visit if you ever visit the Windy City.

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  102. found you on Pinterest... love it... I can only say for myself but I have been drinking tap water with a qtr wedge of lemon 2 to 3 times a day for six months and have lots 28 pounds. I exercise three times a week a the Y. Also cut out all sugar. I believe the lemon water has been instrumental in making my metabolism work better. I asked my doctor about the lemon and my teeth and they said as long as I don't let the water just sit in your mouth it is fine to drink lemon water, if you want using a straw cant hurt either....I have also used True Lemon that product is great.... and warm water or tap water is easier to digest.... wonderful article, thank you AMY....

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  103. Could you use lime instead of lemon? I prefer the taste of lime over lemon.

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  104. Amen to testing your PH! I'm a Lifestyle educator by trade (admittedly, I do not always practice what I preach) I have found the best way to keep yourself healthy is by testing your ph and striving to keep it balanced. Citrus is awesome in moderation so a little lemon diluted isn't going to hurt (only help).

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  105. Helps prevent kidney stones also!

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  106. I'm not seeing the link to the lemon presses on amazon. I could just go find them myself but I'd really love to be able to use your link!

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  107. there is a juicer that looks just like this on amazon that is chrome colored called Metrokane Mighty OJ Manual Juicer, Chrome. looks nice.

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  108. Just how much do you drink? 8oz, a full jar? what? And how many times a day?

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  109. I love this idea and have always been told that drinking lemon ice water first thing in the morning is the best way to jump start your metabolism. That being said, I'm a nurse in a hospital and the alkaline "fact" is false. When your body neutralizes acid, it turns neutral. Your body never over compensates. And if your body becomes more alkalitic on the pH scale it's actually BAD for oxygenation as your hemoglobin have a higher affinity and do not distribute the oxygen to the tissues. Alkaline pH is very, very dangerous. But don't worry, because lemon water doesn't make your body alkalitic anyway :) moral of the story: Lemon ice water is very good for you!

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  110. Watching a 90210 episode (season 1, I think). Pretty sure I saw the same juicer being used in the kitchen. Wouldn't have even paid attention if I hadn't read this! Maybe they aren't too impossible to find . . .

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  111. Hi, I gave up the lemon water cleanse as I started getting headaches. My friend warned me against continuing this as her nutritionist told her that to neutralise the acid the body leaches calcium from the bones. I'm concerned about osteoporosis. Does anyone know better?

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  112. Hi Amy and everyone else. I have very unhealthy habits at the moment...one of them being drinking one, two or even three diet soft drinks a day. I am turning 40 this year and reading your blog and all the comments have inspired me to take better care of myself and respect my body. Thank you for your motivation everyone. Off to buy some lemons tonorrow... and sparkling water!!

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  113. Lime water with a tbl spoon of honey in Luke warm water taken on empty stomach first thing in the morning cleanses your system and recharges your body. This is widely known and practiced in India. There are several benefits already listed in this post. See many more people who have benefited from this across the globe On benefits of honey.com website

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  114. Here's another lemony-wake-you-up-in-the-morning idea: Soaked Oats. The night before, mix one cup of oats, one cup of almond or rice milk, and 1/2 a grate lemon rind. Cover and put in the fridge overnight. Its a healthy, refreshing breakfast. I'll be adding lemon water to my mornings as well!

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  115. Hello Amy,
    I am a cancer from last survivor as well (3 years from last treatment, diagnosed at 35yrs old.). I had cervical cancer and due to internal radiation, ahve been plagued by recurring UTI's.
    Your post reminded me of an article I read once in the waiting room about PH in cancer patients. Thank you for posting something so wonderful and easy to do. I have slid down the slippery slope of unhealthiness and really want to change not only for my health, but for my 4 kiddos and hubby as well. I wish the very best in your battle and treatments-I will keep you in my heart and prayers.-Jodi

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  116. Oh there is soooo much wrong with this scientifically. There are a couple things wrong here, but let's focus on the big one: pH. The author seems to think that drinking one pint of water infused with lemon can alter your body's pH balance. If it could, you would want to avoid it, as it would be a deadly poison. The body naturally keeps the pH of various fluids and tissues balanced in a tiny range of values, and anything you do to try to nudge it out of that range is countered by a process called homeostasis (meaning "self regulation"). Also, I have no idea how the author thinks that the acid in lemon water turns into a base via human metabolism. And CANCER? You think you can cure cancer by drinking lemonade? Listening to this kind of stuff is, frankly, dangerous to your health. This time it's just a bunch of misguided stuff about lemon juice, but there are people out there who say the same things about arsenic and chelating compounds, which can actually kill you.
    Furthermore, all of the positive effects you have mentioned can be attributed to, get this, drinking water. Sure you are adding some vitamin C with the juice, but if you aren't already getting your daily dose of Vit. C from your diet, adding lemon to water isn't the first thing you should be working on improving.

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  117. Before everyone gets into a Science vs. The Internet war, can I just humbly suggest that the benefits of drinking water speak for themselves without bring in these falsities?

    Yes, obviously your followers don't think you have a PhD in biology, Amy, and they're not coming to this blog with the intention of getting a medical lesson, so you can make these claims and people will go "Hm, that's interesting, I wonder if that works, I'll try it!" And, truly, nobody gets hurt.

    But water is healthy for so many real, honest, verifiable reasons there's really no need to make claims that you don't support and probably shouldn't with your background (I'm assuming) even if you could.

    This is your blog, and you can do whatever you want (as long as it doesn't mislead people to hurt themselves, which this post does not). But I think the scientists taking objection here have a point, however inflammatory their means of expressing it may be. There's just no need to pass on false knowledge. Maybe you truly believe in the legitimacy of the places you read about this, but if you don't know if it's real or fake, if you don't personally understand the mechanisms at work, that should indicate to you that you shouldn't pass it on. It's simple and it's fair to your readers.

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  118. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LEMON IN MY WATER!!Thank you for writing this about Lemon water.I too feel like Lemon Water wakes me up more than a cup of coffee most mornings. I am not a Pop drinker so water is my go to drink,and unsweetened iced green tea with lemon. So I just wanted to say thanks for the information about lemon water ,

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  119. My Mom is now 90. She told me her Dad, my Grandfather used to do this every morning he got up. He passed away when he was 97. Obviously, there is something to this. Thanks for sharing. Getting a glass right now.

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  120. I love this. Def. going to go get some lemons!

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  121. WOW! I had no idea that lemon water was so incredibly good for you. I have had kidney stones, gall stones (gallbladder was removed) and need to lose weight. I have always liked the taste, but rarely opt for it. I've been trying to wean myself off of so much diet-soda and switched to Crystal Light. Of course, there's a bunch of chemicals in that too. I'll have to go buy a bag of lemons and a juicer tonight and try the lemon water idea. -Thanks for the tip about the lemon juice in the mineral water also... Sometimes there's just nothing like a fizzy drink! (And it gives me another alternative to soda/alcohol when we're out and about.) Thank you so much!!

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  122. The lemon water sounds really good and I will try it soon. If you don't want to squeeze a lemon some days use a Tbs. of Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (not regular vinegar because of processing). You can get Braggs Vinegar at most supermarkets and health stores. If you drink vinegar mix it into a small glass of WARM water. You can sweeten it with honey if you like.

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  123. I 100% believe in drink lots of water all day as it is good for the body. I myself keep it on hand all day long so I don't reach for juice or soda. I did want to let you know that though lemons are filled with vitamin c, ingesting it doesn't benefit the skin in quit the manner you are explaining it. I'm a licensed Skin Care Specialist. If you want it to protect your skin the best way is to use it topically. I'm not saying its bad for you, quit the opposite, but if you want it to protect and fight aging it really should be used topically. You also need to be aware that it is really hard for the skin to absorb. Vitamin C can also be very unstable so you need to use derivative that has been stabilized. Ascorbyl Palmitate is one of the best Vitamin C derivative because it's the most stable and easlier absorbed by the skin. If Vitamin C is used properly it will not only fight free radicals but it will help boost collagen production. Thanks for all the other tips!

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  124. I once read that drinking a glass of ice water with the juice of a lemon in the morning will help with constipation. Within 30 minutes of drinking the lemon water I have a bowel movement so that's another good reason to drink it. I put a packet of Stevia in mine and it tastes like lemonade.

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  125. I have been following all this advice now for a few weeks- love it.
    Check our Crate and Barrel's dual citrus squeezer. Fits in a drawer.

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  126. I have been slicing lemons and freezing them. All the lemon flavor and benefits with no waste. It's quick and easy for this busy momma!

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  127. I love my Jack LaLanne juicer! Oranges, carrots, apples greens YUM! I do drink lemon water all day long. I really need to get a water filter though, any suggestions?. Please don't drink diet colas---they have cancer, stroke and kidney stone causing chemicals. Just yesterday Coca Cola and Pepsi changed one of their flavorings in all products so they don't have to put a "cancer causing" warning on their cans per California law. I think it was the carmel coloring(?) Check out Mercola.com I like this blog by the way!

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  128. Have you heard of "Kangen Water"? It is a alkaline (9.5) water. My grandmother discovered it when her blood count bottomed out a couple years ago. You can buy a filtration system for your home or buy it at a health food store. There are many testimonials about it helping cure cancer and other ailments!

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  129. Yes, I've heard of drinking lemon water and how good it is for you. I've been doing that lately now that I've discovered bags of lemons are so inexpensive at Aldi's! Makes it easier to get my 6-8 glasses of water in each day. :)

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  130. Love hot lemon water every morning..........I squeeze and fill small size ice cube trays (walmart). Just about the right amount of half a lemon. Put them in a ziplock bag. Ready to pop in my hot water every morning. :)

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  131. I've been doing this EVERY DAY since last October when you posted this and my mom pinned this. (I thought might as well give it a shot-- it can't hurt!)

    Thank you so much! It's done so much for me! I love my habit!

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  132. Thanks. I also heard if you chug a whole glass the minute you get up, it flattens under-eye bags

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  133. hi they say the stainless steel grounds the alkaline, should try the glass straws.

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  134. I need to get myself a lemon press!

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  135. Breville has citrus presses similar to the one you have. They are stainless steel and expensive, but Breville sells reconditioned ones which are less money and work perfectly. We use ours everyday for freshly squeezed orange juice. Great, of course, for lemons and grapefruit, too.

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  136. Sounds GREAT! And there is so much medical research and results to back up the whole PH argument. We are a nation killing ourselves (or in the very least making ourselves terribly sick) with what we consume.

    I would caution folks to beware of using vintage/antique gadgets. Be sure to find out somehow what the lead content may be. As a collector of antique kitchen/dining ware, my eyes were opened a few years back to the fact that while it's pretty to look at, it may be dangerous to use. There must be some way to test it if it's something you really want to use :)

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  137. Maybe this will help validate the lemon. I have been drinking lemon water since 1995 when I lost a kidney due to kidney stones caused from Lupus. I have had three doctors to tell me about the benefits of lemons. One Nephrologist, one Urologist and one family doctor. The Urologist who removed my kidney told me the most important thing I could do for myself was to drink lemon water every day. I do not need to read any scientific material since I am assuming my doctors have done their research.

    I use 1/2 lemon in 8-12 ounces of purified water. For sweetener I use maple syrup, local honey or stevia. Only natural sweeteners. Blackstrap molasses is good, too, as someone mentioned. I drink it cold and hope my body temp. will warm it up. Also, I drink green tea with 1/2 lemon later in the day.

    Addressing the fresh lemon vs. bottled lemon juice...the bottled variety has preservatives and if you are doing the "all natural" thing, you would not want that. Also, only the fresh lemons are considered live food. As for whether the bottled kind has any benefits, I can't say. I would say to research it online or ask your doctor about it. I would try it in a pinch if I was out of lemons.

    I love lemons. Limes are great, too. Thank you so much, Amy, for this great site and for bringing this subject to light. Keep it up.

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  138. Fabulous post. im going to start putting lemon juice into my morning oolong tea :) x

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  139. Fabulous post. im going to start putting lemon juice into my morning oolong tea :) x

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  142. Does it have to be lemons or can you use limes too? Using both lemons and limes or one or the other to switch it up a bit?

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  143. does the lemon essential oil work also?

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  144. Instead of lemons can you substitute bottled lemon juice? And if so, how much?

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  145. Amy, thank you so much for this information about lemon water. I'm going to start this new habit today. I always order lemon with my water in resturants, so why not at home. Thanks again!

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  146. I found RealLemon or RealLime packets.....freeze dried lemon or lime juice. I keep them in my purse and add a packet to water when I'm out and don't have a fresh lemon or lime available.

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  147. Thanks for all the tips. It is a great reminder that I should be drinking more water with lemon in it.

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  148. I was watching one of those doctors on tv and he said the best thing anyone can do for themselves is to drink a glass of lemon water every day

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  150. I drink lemon juice water for Kidney Stones, I'm sure they are disolved with the lemon.

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  151. Amy, thanks so much for this information. As is the case with many other, I found your blog through Pinterest and I love it. Thanks for sharing with all of us these healthy tips. I am a month into a healthier lifestyle and am loving it. I do fresh fruit and spinach smoothies every morning, but I am going to go get some lemons and start my mornings with lemon water.

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  152. I love the healing benefits of REAL FOOD!! I also drink lots of lemon water out of a large mason jar! Its the simple things in life that make me happy! I also drink cucumber lemon water, the cucumber gives and nice refreshing taste if I am looking for something different! Happy Healing!

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  153. If that lemon press is antique, so are laptop computers.

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  154. Awesome! I love to add lemons to my juice and I will be sure to drink lemon water every morning now!

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  155. Loved your article. I am a firm believer in drinking lemon water daily even though I have never liked lemons.

    My additions are;
    * Chop and boil ginger, add this to your lemon water also.

    * Make sure you add the rind to the lemon water and not just the juice because lemon rind contains excellent antioxidants and shouldn't be wasted by throwing in the bin.

    *Currently, I am also adding a green tea and lemongrass teabag to my lemon water

    Great way to neutralise the chlorine/fluoride added to our water supply. Great article and blessings to you for providing this information to all who seek it....

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  156. This is the ONLY way I can get myself to drink water :) Thank you for all the information on its benefits...I'll be sure to keep my fridge stocked!

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  157. Aloha Amy/All, Great article! My morning regiment includes taking a teaspoon of olive oil and drinking a cup warm lemon water. It works great for my metabolism. I still like my morning cup coffee too. Any thoughts on the olive oil?

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  158. I just started lemon water today, i have gall stones and am a cancer survivor, i am just trying to get healthier....hope this helps me...thanks for all the comments, there is some great info.....

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  159. how much should you drink per day?

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  160. Yeah I`ve heared about this prosedure for loosing weight and just it! But these info is so interesting maybe will start to drink it.. By the way I`ve seen in ESSE store this kind of juise press...

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  161. I have a large bottle of concentrated lemon juice in my fridge and use that. Easy, quick, and no mess, no fuss. Is there a reason I should not be using that?

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  162. I found a great recipe for lemon/mint/cucumber water - just cut up a lemon, a medium-sized cucumber, and add about 10 mint leaves to 2 lt. water, and let it steep overnight. Tastes wonderful; I could drink it all the time.

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  163. I am obsessed with lemon water! The only way I actually like to drink it is with lemons added! All day, everyday! So glad to hear all the awesome benefits of it! I usually add so much lemon it's basically sugarless lemonade haha

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  164. I recently decided to start drink a lot more water, and was googling that when I came across info on lemon water. Through more googling I found your blog, and started drinking lemon water this morning. Most of the research I've seen suggests drinking it warm, so that's what I'm doing.

    If people don't have juicers, here's what I do. Before cutting the lemon, roll it on the counter top. This sort of juices it in the rind. Then cut in half and squeeze the juice into a glass

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  165. Can you use lemon juice?

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