I started adding lemon juice to my morning water to encourage myself to drink more water each day. At the time, I really didn’t like the bland taste of plain water. Lemon juice turned out to be the answer and it’s certainly got me drinking my 6 – 8 glasses each day.
Then I discovered just how good the rind and pith and membranes were for you. So I found a way to incorporate these into my daily lemon water. Here are 5 reasons why you really need to be keeping the rind, membranes and pith!
- The rind is richer in Vitamin C than the juice itself. So why throw it away?
- The rind is also rich in phytonutrients, which makes absorbing the Vitamin C even easier. Some studies show they enhance and prolong the positive action of Vitamin C in our body.
- The bioflavionoids in the rind can assist with capillary function. Some studies found them to be highly effective in preventing and treating varicose veins! They also have been shown to help athletes recover more quickly from injuries. Additional studies show that the bioflavonoids have also been shown to help significantly reduce the level of infection for common colds and the flu.
- The natural fiber from the rind also keeps me full longer as it slows down digestion and keeps more blood glucose levels more stable too. Pectin in the lemon fibers has been shown to promote weight loss too.
- The type of fiber in the rind has been shown reduce cholesterol levels – especially the low density lipoproteins (LDLs) which are the bad type of cholesterol for your body.
Interested in incorporating the rind into your water? Here's what I do each morning.
RECIPE FOR MAKING LEMON WATER
25 fluid oz of water / 750 ml of water (preferably filtered)
Roughly chop the lemon and remove the seeds.
Place with a quarter of the water into a blender and blitz for a 1 minute (or less)
Add remaining water and mix. Enjoy!
If you like additional freshness, you can add more mint leaves into your glass.
What's interesting about preparing lemon water this way is that the water no longer tastes sour but has a clean, slightly bitter but refreshing taste. I try to drink most of the water by 11 am and if not, I sip it through the day.
- Worried that your dentist will disapprove? Drink this through a straw!.
- Worried about the residual pesticides on the rind? Buy organic if you can. If you can’t look for a natural vegetable and fruit cleanser. A brand I like is ETLNo.9. It’s an all-purpose green cleaning formula and I use it on my fruits and veggies at home.
Thank you for reading my blog. :)
P.S. I know I was supposed to blog more about eating a range of foods but I hope you don’t mind me going with the flow today. I really wanted to talk about lemons!