Drink Lemon Water #bebetter52

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This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is a perfect way to start the New Year and detox from the holidays. The challenge is to drink room temperature lemon water first thing in the morning.

Why room temperature and why first thing in the morning? Well, according to Water Benefits Health, water at room temperature helps preserve the enzymatic and energetic properties of the lemon. By boiling the water, you lose some of the enzymes and with ice water, you hinder the lemon's digestive impact. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is beneficial because it helps wake up your metabolism and digestive system.

SO WHY LEMON WATER?

There are many benefits to drinking water and there are many benefits to consuming lemons. When you put them together, amazing things happen. Adding a little flavor to our water helps us drink more of it. When we drink more water we stay hydrated, which boosts the immune system, activates internal organs, aids digestion and lowers blood pressure (healthalkaline.com).

WHEN YOU ADD LEMON TO WATER, YOU BOOST ITS BENEFITS TREMENDOUSLY.

Great source of VITAMIN C, which helps to boost your immune system.  

Helps with DIGESTION, which includes preventing constipation, diarrhea and other indigestion issues.

Flushes out TOXINS by aiding in the process of purifying the liver.

Reduces JOINT PAIN by decreasing the amount uric acid deposited in joints.

FUN FACTS:

1.     Try drinking lemon water 30 minutes before meals to aid with digestion and enhance nutritional absorption.

2.     If you weigh less than 150 pounds, squeeze half of a fresh lemon into 8-12 ounces of water. If you weigh over 150 pounds, squeeze a whole lemon into 24-32 ounces.

3.     Your body can only metabolize about 12 ounces of water at a time so when drinking more than 12 ounces, spread the consumption of water over the course of a couple of hours to get the most benefit. 

4.     Lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings.

5.     Lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes! Potassium stimulates brain and nerve function.

6.     Lemons are even good for the skin. The antioxidants in lemon juice help not only to decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too. Lemon juice can also be applied to scars and age spots to lighten them.

7.     Water is the body's main chemical component. Every system in the body depends on water to function properly, as the water flushes toxins out of vital organs.

WARNING: IF YOU DRINK TOO MUCH LEMON WATER AND TOO QUICKLY, YOU MIGHT EXPERIENCE DISCOMFORT SUCH AS A HEADACHE, STOMACHACHE AND FATIGUE (WATER BENEFITS HEALTH).  IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS, REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF LEMON YOU SQUEEZE INTO EACH GLASS AND DRINK OVER A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME.

VARIATIONS:

Although we recommend drinking lemon water at room temperature, drinking lemon water at different temperatures is better than not drinking it at all.

You can drink cold water by adding ice and lemon.

You can drink hot water and add lemon and even some honey.

You can add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

You can use lemon essential oil instead of lemon juice.

Perhaps substituting lemon water every morning can kick your coffee habit, too! We are excited for you to experience all the health benefits of lemon water alongside us this week.

Remember for every completed challenge money will be donated to Every Mother Counts. If you post a picture on social media then extra money will be donated. 

 

Drink Water #bebetter52

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IMG_7384Drink Water#Bebetter52

This week’s 52 Week Be Better Challenge is to drink the proper amount of water for your body using a reusable water bottle. How much water do you need to stay properly hydrated depends on your height and weight, your activity level, and the climate where you live. Aim to drink one-half to one ounce of water daily for every pound that you weigh. If you weigh 140 pounds, for example, look to drink 70-140 ounces of water each day. If you are active and live somewhere warm, aim for the higher end of your calculated range. Before you get started use this hydration calculator to figure out how much water you should be drinking.

The benefits of staying hydrated are endless: enhanced mood; greater concentration, memory and alertness; energized muscles; better digestion and kidney function; clearer skin; congestion relief; improved cardiovascular health; and the list goes on. Even better is the fact that you can start reaping all of these benefits now – no need to stop what you’re doing and run to the grocery store for this “super food.” Grab a glass (or a reusable bottle if you’re on the go), fill it to the top with filtered water, and you’re all set. By the end of the day, you just might impress yourself knowing how many times you refilled it!

 

Keep in mind, though, that your body can only metabolize 12 ounces of water at a time, so it’s best to spread out your consumption over the course of a day. To stay hydrated all day long, experts recommend drinking a glass of water:

When you wake up – to rid your body of toxins, and help you feel more energized and ready to take on the day

Before you eat – to reduce overeating, and activate digestive enzymes and bile production

Before and after you exercise – to replace what you lost through sweat, and to keep your muscles hydrated and energized

Before you go to bed – to help with detoxification, and reduce your risk of stroke or heart attack

 

IMG_7390As part of this week’s challenge, commit to using a reusable water bottle to reduce waste. According to reuseit.com, 480,000 tons of plastic bottles and jars were thrown away in one year (2008). This is a problem because “ten percent of the plastic produced every year worldwide winds up in the ocean. 70% of which finds its way to the ocean floor, where it will likely never degrade.”

Here is a great list of reusable water bottles by Real Simple. One that is not on the list is the new and trending Hyrdo Flask, which keeps ice water cold for three days and water hot for 24 hours.

Some of our favorite water-drinking tips can be found in the article “Water & 20 Tips For Getting Your 8 Glasses Daily”

-While at work, get a 20-ounce cup of ice and keep filling it from the office water cooler. The key is drinking with a straw — you take bigger gulps and drink much more.

 

-Freeze little bits of peeled lemons, limes, and oranges, and use them in place of ice cubes. It’s refreshing and helps get in a serving or two of fruit.

-Substitute a cup of hot water with a drop of honey or lemon for tea or coffee.

-When you have juice (apple, grape or orange), fill half the glass with water.

 

Drink water this week!

Cheers, and happy hydrating!

 

 

 

Drink Lemon Water #bebetter52

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This week’s Be Better Challenge is to buy a bag of lemons and drink lemon water. We recommend that you drink the lemon water first thing in the morning at room temperature.

Why room temperature and why first thing in the morning? Well, according to Water Benefits Health, water at room temperature helps preserve the enzymatic and energetic properties of the lemon. By boiling the water, you lose some of the enzymes and with ice water, you hinder the lemon's digestive impact. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is beneficial because it helps wake up your metabolism and digestive system.

So why lemon water?

There are many benefits to drinking water and there are many benefits to consuming lemons. When you put them together, amazing things happen.

Drinking plain water can be boring and that’s why we often crave drinking things besides water like juice, soda, etc. But adding a little flavor to our water helps us drink more of it. When we drink more water we stay hydrated, which boosts the immune system, activates internal organs, aids digestion and lowers blood pressure (healthalkaline.com).

When you add lemon to water, you boost its benefits tremendously.

Great source of VITAMIN C, which helps to boost your immune system.  

Helps with DIGESTION, which includes preventing constipation, diarrhea and other indigestion issues.

Flushes out TOXINS by aiding in the process of purifying the liver.

Reduces JOINT PAIN by decreasing the amount uric acid deposited in joints.

Tip: If you weigh less than 150 pounds, squeeze half of a fresh lemon into 8-12 ounces of water. If you weigh over 150 pounds, squeeze a whole lemon into 24-32 ounces. Remember that your body can only metabolize about 12 ounces of water at a time so when drinking more than 12 ounces, spread the consumption of water over the course of a couple of hours to get the most benefit.  Warning: if you drink too much lemon water and too quickly, you might experience discomfort such as a headache, stomachache and fatigue (Water Benefits Health).  If you experience any of these symptoms, reduce the amount of lemon you squeeze into each glass and drink over a longer period of time.

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Although we recommend drinking lemon water at room temperature, drinking lemon water at different temperatures is better than not drinking it at all.

You can drink cold water by adding ice and lemon.

You can drink hot water and add lemon and even some honey.

You can add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

You can use lemon essential oil instead of lemon juice.

You can also drink lemon water 30 minutes before meals to aid with digestion, thus enhancing nutritional absorption.

Remember if you have officially joined the 52 week challenge $2 will be donated to charity if you post a picture on social media of you completing the challenge with the hash tag #bebetter52.Lemon#

 

 

Lets start changing our lives and the lives around us.