09 December 2015

20 Reasons to Drink Lemon Water

Chef Marcus Guiliano is an award-winning chef, green restaurateur, author, real food activist, professional speaker, restaurant consultant & ultra-marathoner.

- Welcome to marcusg.tv, I'm Chef Marcus Guiliano

and I'm a chef on a mission. - [Woman] Today's mission is: we're gonna be talking about 20 collective reasons to drink lemon water every morning on an empty stomach. - Lemon water, now, I love to drink lemon water, a lot of people like to drink lemon water with meals, you see, let me rephrase that. You see a lot of people putting lemon in their water during meals, such as, you're at a restaurant and you get a slice of lemon. I don't think people really realize the powerful benefits of lemon juice in their water and/or the best time to actually drink lemon juice in their water. - [Woman] I think they're just putting lemons in the water just to flavor it. - Just to flavor it, right, right. So it's just a twist of lemon in your water, and most people like that small essence of lemon, they really like that small essence of lemon, that's us owning Aroma Time, owning a restaurant, a lot of people ask for lemon in their water. It's just, you know, a habit. My point is, I don't think people really realize the exact benefits that are coming about, so here's a great article from Natural News, naturalnews.com, 20 collective reasons to drink lemon water every morning on an empty stomach. That's important.

So, I drink lemon water every morning, Jamie, you really don't do it as much as I do but you put lemon in your water all the time. But I have a habit of taking two organic lemons, squeeze them into a quart of water. Now just recently, my father started doing this. - [Jamie] Oh, wow. - Yes, he started doing this about a month ago, six weeks ago, 'cause they got a half a case of the organic lemons that I've been getting, they'll take a half a case, and he has reported back some changes in his health. Now, my father's not the healthiest person to begin with, I'm not sure what he eats or what he doesn't eat but he needs to be better and he needs to work out, he needs to lose weight and he needs to get off some of his medications, and it's unfortunate to see a loved one in that kind of a situation, however, the lemon water, he's claiming, is giving him a lot more energy. - [Jamie] Wow! - And he's feeling better and he's sleeping better at night, he said. - [Jamie] How long has he been doing it? - I think about six weeks now. - [Jamie] Wow, okay. - So he's claiming that he's getting some effects of this, he's directly linking it to lemon water,

it's the one thing that he's actually changed in his diet, and that's first thing in the morning, lemon juice in his water. I just roll the lemons on a table, I cut them length-wise and I just squeeze them, if seeds get in, who cares, I swallow a seed, I don't swallow a seed, some of the pulp gets in, but my general rule is one lemon per pint of water. - [Jamie] And this article actually talks about putting it into warm lemon water, you don't necessarily use warm, but... - I use room temperature water. - [Jamie] Room temperature. - Room temperature water, I had to use cold water this morning and it drove me crazy, it didn't taste as good and it wasn't what I was used to. - [Jamie] Uh huh, so why are lemons, lemons contain substances that are really good, do you know what the substances are? - So, a long time ago, probably about 10 years ago I heard one of my favorite health gurus, Gary Null, talking about the power of lemons and how lemons can actually detoxify you. And he made this great, great case on scurvy and sailors, we all know the story of sailors when they would sail across from Europe into America, they would get scurvy, and the one thing that they would take on the boats with them was citrus, was lemons, to get vitamin C to combat the scurvy. Well, Gary Null totally presented this whole case

that totally blew that out of the water, that whole theory. He claims that he went to Europe, and to London specifically, and really studied sailors diets of that era and went back into the museums and really did a lot of research, and here's what he claimed: he claimed that the chemicals that they were using to make wooden ships, to seal the wood, and to make these ships, was actually getting into people's liver and causing scurvy or causing something else, causing a malfunctioning liver. When he looked through their diets, he goes there's tons of seaweed in their diet, seaweed is loaded with vitamin C, but it wasn't until they put the lemons on the ship that the scurvy of the liver corrected itself and the scurvy went away, and his theory was that the lemons were detoxifying the liver of the harmful chemicals that they were treating and making the boats with. And that previous to lemons there was plenty of vitamin C on the sailors diets, and I was like, wow, that's fascinating. And seaweed, he said, seaweed was the one thing in their diet that's loaded with vitamin C. So, let's jump into now, Natural News, the health ranger, Mike- - [Jamie] Some 20 collective reasons.

- So, that piece that I told you about, the sailors, might make sense once we read this. So here we go, go for it. - [Jamie] So lemons have many health benefits that have been known for centuries and drinking everyday warm lemon water can make a huge difference. Lemons contain many substances, notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin and limonene- - Limonene. - [Jamie] That promote immunity and fight infection. It's also a great energy booster for when we wake up first thing in the morning as our tissues are dehydrated and in desperate need of fluid to push out toxins. - Now, we use lemon, speaking of limonene, it mentioned limonene, limonene is in the oil of the lemon and we use these little tiny bottles of lemon oil from Young Living, which we flavor the water here with and we use them in our personal life and we use them at home and clean our hands, limonene is one of the major constituents that's located in a lemon oil, which has a lot of health benefits as well. And I've read over the years the benefits of limonene and a cancer connection, that they're using limonene to help with cancer. - [Jamie] Interesting, so there's 20 collective reasons

to drink lemon water every morning on an empty stomach. The first one, the liver produces more enzymes from water with lemon than from any other food. - That is so important, now this is going back to the lemons, then to the liver and the vitamin C and the scurvy and the whole thing. So, for liver health, the liver, it's extremely important for liver health and we don't realize how much we bombard our livers with everything we do in life everyday. The food we eat, the processed food we eat, the alcohol that we drink, even the smallest amount of alcohol is not good for you. And I know people say oh, a shot of whiskey a day and this and that, you know, and this'll lower blood pressure, a glass of red wine, your liver doesn't see it like that. Other parts of your body may say oh yeah, there's a certain part of that alcohol that may have something in it, like resveratrol in red wine but your liver doesn't look at it that way, so if you're drinking any type of alcohol, lemon water is probably extremely important. - [Jamie] Water with lemon cleanses the liver, lemon juice stimulates the liver to release toxins. - Now, your liver is your filter of your body. So you want your liver to release this stuff 'cause that's where everything's going into,

everything gets filtered down to your liver and your liver is, you know, the organ that is, like I said, your filter. - [Jamie] Lemon helps in protecting our body against the immune system's deficiencies as it is rich in vitamin C. - Very rich. - [Jamie] Drinking lemon water helps in maintaining the pH levels in the body. - pH is extremely important, there's tons of books out there and a lot of doctors, medical doctors and alternative practitioners, have written books on or have prescribed this high alkaline diet theory, the most notable one is Robert Young out of California, he has his pH Miracle book, he has his pH clinic, he has his pH products and a lot of doctors, medical doctors and alternative medical doctors, claim that if you can get your pH in your body, your alkalinity up, that you're gonna have less disease, you're gonna promote better health from having a higher pH. So lemons, even though they look acidic or you look at a lemon and go that's acidic, once you ingest it, it turns alkaline. So it's actually very alkalizing, so don't get confused with the acid that you think a lemon is, it's very alkalizing to the body. - [Jamie] Lemons act as a powerful antibacterial as it contains pectin fibers, which is beneficial for the colon.

- Now, speaking of fibers, when we make juice at home, we use the whole lemon, of course we're using an organic lemon so it hasn't been sprayed or artificially gassed or anything like that and it's a cleaner product but you still wash it very good. So we use the whole lemon and that's extremely important because the pith, the white part, the skin and the flesh itself and the fiber inside all have different properties, and to be able to get all of those properties, juice the whole thing. - [Jamie] Drinking lemon water in the morning on an empty stomach will help in flushing out toxins. Vitamin C in lemon improves our skin by rejuvenating the body, drinking water with lemon regularly every morning will improve the condition of your skin. Water with lemon is beneficial for pregnant women since lemons are loaded with vitamin C, it acts as an adaptogen helping the body cope with viruses such as colds. Lemon water relieves heartburn, for this, mix a teaspoon of lemon juice in a half a glass of water- - And again, because it's very alkalizing, so it's helping your body, it's almost like baking soda at that point but you take baking soda to relieve heartburn, Tums, something like that,

so the alkalizing effect in the body, it helps you alkalize your food better, digest your food better. - [Jamie] Water with lemon helps dissolve gall stones, kidney stones, pancreatic stones and calcium deposits- - I've actually known people that have gone on lemon flushes for gall stones and things like this, very, very effective. I've heard of people's success stories personally with this. - [Jamie] It helps in digestion as lemon contains citric acid, it interacts with other enzymes and acids which easily simulate the secretion of gastric juice and digestion. It provides the body with electrolytes, which hydrates your body, as lemons contain good amounts of electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. - That's extremely important, electrolytes, I like to run and electrolytes are very important with endurance athletes, however, there is a cleanse out there called the Stanley Burroughs cleanse and it's lemon juice and maple syrup or lemon juice and cane juice, or lemon juice and molasses if you have diabetes or not, depending on how you wanna do that, it's a very famous cleanse, I think it was developed back in the 60's by Stanley Burroughs, and the main thing of that is lemon juice,

fresh lemon juice in your water, and you can go days with this mixture of lemon juice and maple syrup. I've known people, I've done it personally for 10 days, 14 days, but I've known, we've known people that have done it for up to 40 days. It has some remarkable health benefits. So the electrolytes in the lemons, 'cause I had one person tell me one time oh my gosh, you're not getting your electrolytes, this was a medical professional, you're not getting your electrolytes, you're not getting your electrolytes, and of course, the electrolytes are in the lemons. I'm not suggesting anybody go on and try that fast without really diving into the book and understanding what's going on but we have a lot of friends who do it annually as a cleanse to welcome in the new year. - [Jamie] Water with lemon is good for the joints, reducing pain in the joints and muscles. Water with lemon helps fight infections of the respiratory tract, sore throats and inflammation of the tonsils. This is due to the anti-inflammatory properties of lemon. Lemons contain pectin fiber, which helps suppress hunger cravings. Studies have proven people with a better alkaline diet have lost weight faster. - So, it really does suppress hunger,

and if you do this before a meal it helps you with your meal. Or you take two pints, a quart of this, and drink this during the day, it really does help suppress your hunger. I personally experience that. - [Jamie] Water with lemon helps with tooth pain and gingivitis. Water with lemon prevents cancer, this is due to the fact that lemons are highly alkaline foods, multiple studies have found that cancer cannot thrive in an alkaline environment. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties, which fight harmful bacteria, fungus and virus that cause disease and infection. It's antioxidant properties help eliminate toxins from the body. Water with lemon aids in proper functioning of the nervous system, the nervous system needs a sufficient amount of potassium to ensure sustainable signals to the heart. Lemon water can help lower blood pressure. Daily intake of one lemon can reduce high blood pressure by 10 percent. - That's interesting, that's very interesting because a lot of people do suffer from high blood pressure, and, you know, the one thing with blood pressure is people don't realize blood pressure can be helped by drinking water in general,

just by being properly hydrated, and then you add lemon into it, you know, you're gonna get double the effect here, but if you think about it, your blood is thick, your body is working harder, and by drinking water you're allowing everything in your body just to relax and move much easier. So one of the ways you can tell if you're dehydrated is when you go to the bathroom the color of your urine, and that's the true sign, when I go oh my gosh, my urine's a little on the dark side, I immediately go drink water and that just happened recently to us when we were traveling in Italy because we didn't have enough water with us and especially traveling in the airports, and that's, like, the worst time, because we were on a plane for 11 hours and the last thing I wanted to do was drink all this water and have to get up again and go to the bathroom and go to the bathroom but when I did go to the bathroom, I was like oh my gosh, I need water, I need to hydrate. - [Jamie] And the last one, lemon water creates an alkalizing effect in the body, even if you drink it immediately before a meal, it can help your body maintain a higher level of pH. The higher the pH, the more your body is able to fight diseases. - So Mike Adams lists a bunch of references on that article,

some really good references on that article, you can easily Google, the title of the article is 20 collective reasons to drink lemon water every morning on an empty stomach, and many doctors and medical literature does talk about the benefits of lemon water. And like I said, people are drinking lemon water, or lemon in their water, not really realizing the powerful effect. Or not putting enough lemon in their water, so my personal suggestion is one lemon per one pint, squeeze it out really good, roll that lemon really good, get as much juice as you can. If you're making fresh juice, get organic lemons, juice the whole lemon, like I said, we probably do three to four apples per lemon, then a cucumber and maybe whatever else we want, you can add beets, you can add carrots, you can do a bunch of things, juicing has become very popular over the last 10 years and if you go on Facebook you'll find a lot of groups out there, a lot of people that have juicing blogs, juicing websites, juicing fan pages, juicing protocols, there's tons of books out there, you can find lots of literature on juicing. And lemons... important, important part of our daily diet and our daily rituals, I think it's important for people

to have sort of daily rituals, we have daily rituals where we brush our teeth, we have daily rituals where we put on deodorant, we have daily rituals where we take the medicines that our doctor, some of us, take the medicines that our doctor prescribed to us, but we overlook certain things that can really help our health. So hopefully that helps people, gives people some insight on lemons, lemon juice in their water, lemon water, specifically. I'm Chef Marcus Guiliano. - [Jamie] And Jamie. - Thanks for tuning into this, if you like our videos, please hit like, subscribe to our channel, share this, pass this on, leave your comments and do you have any specific success stories with lemon water? If you do, we wanna hear about it. Leave those in the comments below, thanks for watching. (upbeat music) - [Man] ♫ I can't stop it tonight, ♫ This epidemic, demic, demic, demic ♫ I'm trying to fight, ♫ Blood pressure's rising now, ♫ It's in the danger zone, ♫ Somebody help me, I'm about to go terminal. ♫ It's an epidemic, epidemic, call the clinic.

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