Recently I have been waking up, and trying to drink at least some water before getting going. Drinking at least 8 ounces of water first thing (before coffee) in the morning helps me feel hydrated, and aids in the wake up process. Some mornings though, my stomach will either be a little sore if our food was spicy the night before, or I will have a little heartburn. Drinking water also helps all of that flush out of my system a bit quicker. I have discovered that when adding cranberry and lemon to my water, it helps calm whatever is going on inside my stomach. I wanted to learn a little bit more about why, so I started to do a little research. Most websites state the same thing, but I found these articles on WebMD that gave the benefits of cranberries and lemon juice. Now, I know the health benefits on the cranberry page are for raw/dried cranberries. But when you find your 100% cranberry juice, with zero artificial additives you can read what the nutrition label has to offer. Below are a few points on why medical professionals are saying it’s good to drink lemon-cranberry water if not every day, at least every now and then.
Water- 1 1/2 cups
Cranberry Juice-1/2 cup
Lemon Juice- 1/4 cup
(Remember these are just a few benefits listed below! Check out the websites!)
Lemon Water Benefits
- Has antioxidants called bioflavonoids
- Used for fighting common cold, (H1N1) swine flu, etc..
- Used for an upset stomach from vomiting during pregnancy, or upset stomach in general
- Helps with kidney stones
- Aids in digestion
- Cranberries are a superfood
- Anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves eyesight
- Improves the function of blood vessels
Reference the websites below for more info, these are where my notes came from today.
Here are the articles, and I hope you give this a try! The taste is not sweet, AT ALL. BUT, is very refreshing (and can do all of the wonderful things above). Over time I say this can have a pretty substantial impact on your every day.
So get it going, you fearfully and wonderfully made human.
Enjoy this Wednesday, and take it easy.