By Dr. Edward F. Group III
You’ve heard you should drink eight glasses of water every day. While that’s a good baseline for most people, the exact amount can vary depending on body size, physical activity, and other factors.  Sixty percent of your body is water and water is part of many, if not all, internal processes.  Water helps all your organs function properly, your body uses water as a joint lubricant, water helps flush waste and toxins. Studies show that people who get more water have greater energy and focus more easily. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center even reported that men and women who drank less water developed colorectal cancer at higher rates than the men and women who drank more water.  Suffice to say, staying hydrated is important to your health.
Some people say water lacks taste and can be boring, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be. Adding a little lemon to your water is a great way to add flavor and experience the benefits offered by lemons. It’ll also help cleanse your body of toxins and waste. The American Cancer Society recommends hot lemon water for alleviating constipation and clearing the bowels.  Let’s look at four more benefits of lemon water.
4 Benefits of Adding Lemon Water to Your Diet
1. Lemons Are Loaded with Nutrients and Phytonutrients
Phytonutrients are the organic compounds responsible for the health benefits offered by plants. The phytonutrients in lemons, specifically, have antioxidant and antibiotic properties. Lemons also contain limonin, a compound found in citrus fruits with possible anti-viral and anti-obesity effects. 
|Nutrient||Value Per 100g||1 Lemon Yield 48g||1 Wedge Yields 5.9g|
|Vitamin A, IU||6IU||3IU||0IU|
|Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)||0.15mg||0.07mg||0.01mg|
2. Lemons Support Digestion
Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges contain pectin, a dietary fiber that supports digestion. Lemons actually contain more pectin than oranges as well as high levels of citric acid.  Citric acid supports digestion, as does pectin, which slows down the speed that food leaves the stomach and improves the way it’s broken down. One study found that five grams of pectin mixed with orange juice produced a greater feeling of fullness after eating. This might help reduce the amount of food consumed and support weight loss efforts. 
3. Lemons Are High in Vitamin C
Immune cells need vitamin C and medical experts have recommended vitamin C to boost the immune system.  Vitamin C also neutralizes free radicals, creates energy, and defends against certain environmental toxins. 
Vitamin C protects skin from the premature aging that can be caused by the accumulation of toxins. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reported that women who consumed more vitamin C had stronger, firmer skin, less dryness, and fewer wrinkles. 
4. Lemons Support Normal Kidney and Liver Function
Lemons support both the liver and kidneys. In animal studies, the pectin in lemons lowered liver cholesterol levels and supported normal liver function.  Polyphenols, plant compounds that promote liver enzyme activity and regulate metabolism, are likely the cause. 
What’s the Best Way to Thoroughly Cleanse Your Body?
Lemon juice is a powerful way to clear toxins, support the immune system, improve digestion, and protect the liver and kidneys. But it’s just the tip of the detoxification and cleansing iceberg. For a thorough, gentle cleanse, try an oxygen based colon cleanser such as Oxy-Powder®.
Great health starts in your gut. When waste and toxins accumulate in your colon, it puts pressure on your liver and kidneys. Set yourself up for the best possible health and keep your colon clean and detoxed. Boost your results by adding a natural cleansing agent like lemon juice to your day.
Do you have any tips for using lemon juice to cleanse and detox? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.
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Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.