Health Benefits of Lemon Water -
My Uneducated Grandmother’s Advice



The way you start each day is incredibly important.  My grandmother was the first to suggest that I start the day out with a mug of warm water and the juice of half a lemon. So what did my uneducated grandmother know that I didn't?

Benefits of Lemon Water

Well here you go.

Lemon water has many medicinal values, as well as its benefits for cleansing the body, stimulating the liver, and improving digestion and elimination. Lemon water also helps to alkalize the body and control the proliferation of unhealthy bacteria and viruses. 

The following is a brief summary of a few of the key health benefits of lemon water.

1.  Boosts Your Immune System – One of the major health benefits of lemon water is that lemons are high in Vitamin C which helps towards fighting cold. 

2.  Controls Blood Pressure - Lemons have a high level of potassium which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.

3.  Balances pH – Lemons contain citric acid but do not create acidity in the body once metabolized.  In fact lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around;therefore by consuming lemon juice you reduce your overall body’s acidity. The key to good health is having an alkaline body.

4.  Helps Digestion – Lemon encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. It helps flush out unwanted materials.  Drinking lemon with warm water stimulates the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis – the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving allowing food to digest properly. With an efficient digestion, you also reduce the odds of heartburn and constipation.

5.  It is Diuretic – Lemons increase the rate of urination, which in turn helps purify it. Toxins are therefore released at a faster rate which in turn helps your urinary tract to stay healthy.

6.  Healthy Skin – Vitamin C which is also present in lemons helps decrease wrinkles. Lemon water eliminates toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clean and clear. It can also be applied directly to scars to help reduce their appearance.

7.  Freshens Breath – Not only does lemon juice help freshen breath, but it also helps relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. The citric acid within the lemon juice, erodes tooth enamel.

8.  Relieves Respiratory Problems – Lemon helps clear chest infections and common coughs.  It also helps with asthma and various allergies.

9.  Reduces Coffee Intake – Taking lemon juice with hot water, especially in the morning, replaces your morning crave for that caffeine dosage that you call your “morning coffee”.  

10.  Weight Loss - It has been proven that people who maintain an alkaline diet lose weight faster. By helping the body eliminate waste products and toxins easier, lemon juice cleanses the body and helps the weight loss process to begin. Lemons are also high in pectin fiber which helps tackle those hunger cravings we occasionally have.

11.  Energizes Your Body – The energy that we receive from food is in the form of atoms and molecules. A reaction occurs when the positive charged ions from food enter the digestive tract and interact with the negative charged enzymes. Lemon is one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions which provide your body with more energy when entering the digestive tract.

The health benefits of lemon water as you can see are many. If you are going to add it in your daily diet it is always wise to consult your physician for advice.

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Chicken Breasts in Lemon Cream Sauce

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons butter, divided

12 ounces mushrooms, sliced

6 boneless chicken breasts

all-purpose flour (to dredge)

1 cup chicken broth

1 cup heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Melt 3 tbs butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

2. Add mushrooms and saute until tender.

3. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

4. Sprinkle chicken with salt& pepper, dredge in flour, shaking off excess.

5. Melt remaining 3 tbs butter in skillet.

6. Add chicken and saute 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

7. Transfer chicken to a serving platter (keep warm).

8. Add broth to skillet, scraping up browned bits.

9. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until reduced to approximately 3/4 cup.

10. Stir in cream and lemon juice.

11. Cook over medium heat until slightly thickened.

12. Stir in mushrooms, white pepper& salt to taste.

13. Add chicken and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until sauce is a medium thick consistency.

14. Serve over rice or noodles.

Servings:  6

Approx. calories 510 per serving


Garlic Lemon Chicken

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves

4 teaspoons flour

salt and pepper

2 teaspoons oil

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon butter

Directions:

1. Flatten chicken slightly. Dust with flour. Salt and pepper chicken.

2. Fry in hot oil 5 minutes each side. Remove chicken from pan.

3. To pan add broth, garlic, lemon juice and butter.

Cook 2 minutes. Pour over chicken.


Servings:  4

Approx. calories 180 per serving


Lemon Squares

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut

2 cups sugar

4 large eggs

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon baking powder

powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.

2. Butter 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

3. In food processor combine 2 cups flour, butter pieces, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the coconut.

4. Process until moist clumps form.

5. Press onto the bottom of the prepared pan.

6. Bake about 20 minutes, until edges are golden.

7. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups sugar, eggs, lemon juice, baking powder and the remaining 1/4 cup flour until well blended.

8. Pour over hot crust.

9. Bake until topping is set and light brown, about 25 minutes.

10. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.

11. Cut into squares and dust tops with powdered sugar.

12. Can be made 1 day ahead.

13. Cover with plastic wrap.


Servings:  36 squares

Approx. calories 140 per serving