Lemons have many benefits. They are a source of vitamin C, promote digestion, help alkalinize the body, and encourage more water intake! When it comes to detoxification strategies, drinking lemon water offers gentle but effective support.
One of the liver’s main roles is to produce bile. Bile helps metabolize dietary fat and trap fat soluble toxins for elimination thru stool. Lemon juice helps create the optimal pH in the stomach, which is a signal for the release of bile. Lemon juice is also a mild diuretic, which promotes kidney function.
In these ways, lemon juice stimulates digestion and helps promote detoxification!
A great way to start the day is to drink a large glass of room temperature lemon water. This helps flush out stagnant bile and prime your system for the day. Lemon water is also a great pre-meal support and can be added to smoothies and hot or cold herbal teas for added health benefits.
A way to get the most out of your lemons:
Check the discount shelves for bags of lemons. Take them home and juice them. Pour the juice into ice cube trays and freeze. Pop out a cube or two as needed.
Another option is to use a few drops of good quality lemon oil (I recommend DoTerra brand) in your water bottle throughout the day. Lemon oil is made from the rind of lemons, so the properties are different from the juice but the benefits are similar.
Lemon water is an ideal way to support detoxification and can also be a gentle solution for bloating, indigestion, and skin problems.