The one thing that I have found to be a really great taste sensation is the flavour of lime, whereas I used to use condiments, I have a tendency now just to add freshly squeezed lemon or lime. Also, it works really well to flavour cold and hot drinks. Squeezing lemon on fish really adds a punch of taste, baking it in roasted chicken, also provides a great taste sensation, adding either lemons or lime to pop or alcoholic drinks really gives them a freshness without the sugar.
It is thought that lemon and water actually helps with weight loss. The idea is, that lemon or lime flushes out toxins. It is also thought that the addition of lemon or lime to your fluids, cuts your appetite and blocks bad absorption. The goal is actually to not only add the juice of the lemon or lime, but to add the rind as well. Lemon and lime is a great source of vitamin C and they have something called pollyphenel, which are micronutrients with antioxidant properties. They also contain pectins which is a fibre that can lower LDL and has anti-inflammatory benefits, this comes from the flesh of the fruit.
Most importantly lemons and limes have zero carbohydrates. Anytime when I add the lemon or lime to my drink I like to squeeze in the juice and throw in the slice and then I like to chew on the flesh of the fruit when I pull it out of my drink.
There is no proof that adding lemon or lime to your water actually helps you lose weight. It does however create a taste to your water so that it might actually propel you to drink more, stay hydrated and reduce thirst which can trigger food cravings. It is good to remember that when you are dehydrated the dehydration slows down your metabolism, which can lead to weight gain.
Some other benefits of drinking water is in the treating of kidney stones! Kidney stones are created from calcium build in the urine. Lemons contain citrate which is used to prevent the formation of kidney stones. Drinking more lemon water increases the citrate in the urine and helps prevent stones from forming. Lemon water can also relieve constipation.
I personally love lemon water! I used to want to be a lemon ginger tea girl, but I found that no matter what I did; lemon ginger tea, lemon tea, ginger tea, I would vomit after! So now I stick to cold lemon drinks and for some reason I am just fine. Now I will say, I have not noticed any difference due to the lemon HOWEVER I am more enticed to drink the water when it is flavoured. When I am on pure water I will drink a little over 1 liter. When I drink flavoured water I can drink double! And water is great! My skin is clear, everything works efficiently (no constipation), and I get so busy with drinking water that I forget if I’m hungry or I’m so full of fluid it doesn't matter.
Bottom lining it, water is good for you! And if you are hoping it will help you lose weight, it will, maybe it’s more in an effect rather than cause way, but it still works!
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