Include this simple lemon water drink into your fertility diet as it has so many health benefits! Great for anyone in the preconception stage (men and women).
Lemon water can aid with bringing the body back into harmony!
Firstly staying hydrated is essential for maintaining optimum bodily functions and flushing out unwanted toxins. Most doctors recommend that we should be drinking at least eight x 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
Sufficient water intake helps with many aspects of the reproductive system. Lemon has been used for centuries for its protective and therapeutic qualities. So why not add them together to get the benefits of both! Fresh lemon juice squeezed into water is often promoted to aid fertility health – plus it’s refreshing!
A very common and easy to find fruit! Lemons are packed full of vitamin C which is an important antioxidant. They also contain the B vitamins, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, bioflavonoids, and phytochemicals, among other beneficial nutrients.
Possible health benefits of lemon water
Lemon is identified as antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antihistamine. This citrus fruit has even been known to show some antibiotic effects.
The juice is high in bioflavonoids (vitamin P). Flavonoids promote good health and reduce the risks of certain diseases. They’re powerful antioxidants and enhance the functions of vitamin C in the body.
A popular blood purifier and detox. Always favorable before trying to conceive! Lemon water stimulates and cleanses the liver and kidneys.
Drink lemon water to help restore the pH balance in the body – vital for good health. You may be surprised to find out that lemons are an alkalizing food! Although lemons are acidic in their basic form, they’ve a very different effect on the body once digested and assimilated. The end result becomes alkaline! Our modern diets have led to many of us having an overly acidic bodily environment. If the body is too acidic then immune deficiency and an array of medical disorders can result.
A woman’s cervical fluid is influenced by her body’s pH levels, therefore drinking lemon water is helpful. Fertile cervical mucus needs to be alkaline to protect sperm cells once they’ve been ejaculated into the vagina, which is naturally acidic.
Citric acid in lemons enhances digestion and the elimination of waste matter. Used to ease heartburn, bloating, and constipation. An unhealthy digestive system can result in nutrients not being properly absorbed and/or toxin build up.
Antioxidants in lemon help protect our cells from free radical damage. This is important for the health of sperm cells and the female ovum (egg cell) including the DNA within.
The high vitamin C content in lemon juice helps ward off and relieve the symptoms of infections such as colds, sore throats, and influenza. Sickness if bad enough can upset the body’s natural rhythms, including ovulation or sperm production. In fact a bout of flu/fever can lower a mans sperm count for up to three – four months after the ailment has passed!
The human body isn’t able to produce or store vitamin C which is an essential nutrient, so it needs replenishing on a daily basis. This water soluble vitamin is essential for cardiovascular health, and it’s well recognized for reducing inflammation. Other functions include – growth and repair of tissue, maintaining collagen, aiding with the formation of red blood cells, and to prevent hemorrhaging. Vitamin C improves iron absorption and helps with calcium metabolism. It also converts the inactive form of folic acid into the active form, and regenerates vitamin E.
Great for stress management. Prolonged stress depletes the amount of vitamin C from the body as it’s used up more rapidly than usual. Adequate intake of vitamin C helps support adrenal gland functions, and recovery from stress.
Lemon water assists with weight loss, regulates metabolism, and sugar absorption. An advantage with any diet and exercise program!
The American Diabetes Association refers to lemons and other citrus as “diabetes superfoods”. Recommended for their low glycemic index, soluble fiber, and key nutrients.
Use to prevent UTI’s such as cystitis. Lemon water discourages the proliferation of opportunistic bacteria in the urinary tract.
Lemon water liquefies the bile, which in turn deters the formation of gallstones. Bile is produced by the liver and aids with the break down of lipids (fats) as food is digested.
The combination of citrate and other chemicals in lemon juice may help prevent kidney stones, along with drinking enough water. These are formed from the crystallization of dietary minerals in the urine.
*Please note – One research study indicated that grapefruit juice may increase the risk of developing kidney stones.
A phytochemical called limonin found in lemon juice has been shown to have cholesterol lowering effects. Lemons contain as much limonin as they do vitamin C.
Anti cancer properties. Limonin and another phtochemical called limonene (concentrated in the rind or peel) are believed to inhibit some cancers.
Known to help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism. This is because of lemons alkalizing, detoxification, and anti-inflammatory effects. Neutralizes high uric acid levels in the blood which causes gout.
Beneficial for those with hypertension. Lemons contain potassium which is a mineral linked to stabilizing blood pressure. Long term dehydration can contribute towards high blood pressure, as the blood vessels constrict. Drinking enough water may help in certain circumstances.
May provide relief for asthma sufferers, and those with other respiratory problems, and/or allergies. Lemon water is an old time home remedy for people with persistent asthma to help ease the frequency and severity of attacks.
A clear complexion is an added bonus!
How much lemon water to drink daily?
You don’t need heaps of lemon juice. Only one or two decent sized lemons worth daily is usually enough to enhance general well-being. If you choose to consume more then it’s wise to build up the amount slowly, as the detoxification effects will be greater. This may cause unwanted side effects e.g. headache or bowel changes!
If you’re under 150 pounds (68kgs) all you need is the juice of half a lemon with water twice daily – equal to one whole lemon per day.
If you’re over that weight then you may want to use the juice of one lemon twice daily – equal to two whole lemons per day. If the taste is too strong you can dilute with more water.
Best lemon water tips
Ripened lemons are fully yellow, have a glossy skin, mild sweet fragrance, and are heavy for their size. They should be firm, but not too hard, and no soft spots. Go organic to avoid pesticide residue and waxes on the fruit!
Store lemons at room temperature and avoid exposure to sunlight.
It’s easier to get more juice out of a lemon when it’s not cold. Squeeze them at room temperature, or place in a bowl of slightly warm water for a few minutes beforehand. Try rolling the fruit under the palm of your hand on a flat surface to soften.
Consume lemon water while either at room temperature or warm. Ice water may hinder the digestive qualities of the lemon, as it takes more energy for the body to process. Boiling water can destroy some of the enzymes in the lemon. However anyway is better than none!
An excellent time of the day to consume lemon water is first thing in the morning, half an hour before you eat breakfast. This will activate the digestive system for the day ahead, and it’s also an ideal time for cleansing the liver.
Rinse your mouth out with water afterwards to avoid any tooth enamel problems from the lemon. Using a straw helps minimize contact with teeth. Don’t brush your teeth immediately.
*Important – Some people are allergic to citrus. If you have a known allergy to citrus fruits then you should avoid consumption of lemons.
Lemon water isn’t a medicine or drug. We advise that if you’re sick or have any health issues to consult your doctor.
These claims have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.