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COLLINS0905 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/2/12 6:14 P

I LOVE adding lemon to my water... even when I go to the gym. Also.... While I was doing a clinical rotation I was told that adding apple cider vinegar to water (one capful for a glass of water) has many benefits for digestion. It actually doesn't taste bad either!

MAMA_CD Posts: 1,507
1/2/12 4:48 P

I use real lemon juice from a large green bottle usually

LZY0108 Posts: 274
1/2/12 4:34 P

Glad I found this topic. I've been adding the juice 1/4 of a lemon yeilds to 20 oz of water. I find I drink more water that way. I like the taste... I do this 4 times a day so I end up using the whole lemon and drinking about 9-10 glasses of water each day. I was concerned it wasn't as hydrating though. Thanks for the info! emoticon

TONI2011 SparkPoints: (32,068)
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6/4/11 2:01 A

Adding lemon juice to water is also good to help preventing kidney stones - I forgot all about that until I saw this post. Need to start doing it again.. Thanks for the reminder.

WCUNNINGHAM3 SparkPoints: (13,253)
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6/4/11 1:36 A

I use lemon all the time and I actually make my own "sports drink" (for workouts), cause I can't drink the store kind (Gatorade, etc)- too much sugar.

Fill bottle with water, if 16 oz bottle add ~ 1-2 oz of lemon juice, ~1 tsp of salt and a sugar free drink pkt (I don't like using the entire pkt, still to sweet for me so I use only about 1/2 for 16 oz-24 oz bottle of water). This mixture provides the same benefits (electrolytes- sodium and potassium) as the sugared drinks but is healthier.

MIAMI_LILLY SparkPoints: (199,765)
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6/4/11 12:02 A

I heard that lemon juice helps you lose retained water. I don't think it will dehydrate you. It also adds Vitamin C, is good for your skin, and studies have shown that the acid in lemon juice prolongs the emptying of your stomach. So if you drink it with meals it will help you stay fuller, longer.

TERZA_RIMA Posts: 296
6/3/11 10:30 P

I use fresh lemons...I've never tried the bottled kind, but I always assumed heat/photosensitive vitamins (like vitamin c) start to degrade once the fruit's been "opened," or at any rate that something is lost when the juice is processed for packaging.

OPUSEVA Posts: 1,334
6/3/11 5:16 P

"Why am I being told to drink ten gallons of it? "

Who is telling you this? Nobody on this site! That's WAY TOO MUCH!!
The eight glasses thing everybody talks about amounts to a total of only one-half gallon a day. I can't imagine anyone needing 10 gallons a day!

BEANBYDESIGN SparkPoints: (0)
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6/3/11 4:06 P

I just use the little plastic lemon, because I keep them on hand anyway for recipes and they have a better shelf-life than real lemons, but real lemons are probably a better choice because they're fresh.

GRRARRGH SparkPoints: (33,430)
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6/3/11 3:30 P

This may be a silly question, but what kind of lemon juice are you guys using? Just what's in those little plastic lemons you buy? Or are you buying real lemons and using the juice from there??

TERZA_RIMA Posts: 296
6/3/11 2:58 P

As mentioned, she's probably thinking about the (very) mild diuretic effect of lemon juice (nothing compared to, say, the diuretic effect of a cup of regular coffee or even chamomile tea--it seems to just help prevent me from retaining all the water I'm drinking). I put lemon in almost all my water, probalby the equivalent of one whole lemon a day; i started as part of a liver cleanse diet my mother was on about 10 years ago. I've never had a problem. It has an alkalizing effect on the body and it's a great way to get some extra vitamin c.

VIENNASIX9 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/3/11 2:58 P

I'm confused about the whole water thing. Why am I being told to drink ten gallons of it?
No wonder people are feeling bloaty

Melissajaney how much are you drinking a day? and why?

MELISSAJANEY SparkPoints: (0)
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6/3/11 2:50 P

I put a squirt or two in every water bottle I drink. I don't know about my metabolism but I know that I feel less bloaty when I do it.

RUNNINGAL425 Posts: 1,070
6/3/11 2:47 P

OMG. People have been drinking lemonade for years and I have never, ever heard that there are terrible health effects (unless they are adding tons of sugar). Adding a little of any fruit juice to water helps to give it a little flavor, and if it helps you reach your water goal for the day, go for it! It is much better than sodas, or sugar laden crap.

I also like to add just a little apple cider vinegar, fresh mint leaves and stevia to my water, especially in the hot summer months. I think it is refreshing.

BEANBYDESIGN SparkPoints: (0)
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6/3/11 11:02 A

Awesome, thanks everyone. There is a woman at my mom's gym who, we suspect, has an eating disorder, and she's known to mix her water with lemon juice (but the mixture she goes for is like 1/2 and 1/2 or some ridiculous thing like that, not 1 oz. to 1 liter like I'm doing), and so I think my mom kind of freaked and thought I was doing something crazy. I have read before that it's fine (and even recommended) - I'm glad I'm not the only one. I'm going to keep it up. Thanks!

RUNKRISSY Posts: 281
6/3/11 9:21 A

I think that your mom has heard that lemon juice can be used in warm water to act like a diuretic. I believe that you would need to use a good deal more than a wedge to do so. In addition to helping you to drink more water, lemon helps keep your urinary track clean. Doctors often recommend that patients who suffer from kidney or bladder stones consume lemon water.
If you like it, drink up!

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
6/3/11 9:06 A

I think it's just fine.

4ME-4US Posts: 248
6/3/11 8:52 A

i use lemon juice in my water and its amazing! my dentist says my teeth are perfect, so I'm not going to worry. Actually, I think Crest or some toothpaste brand has a website that says lemon juice is good for your teeth. Some alkalinity thing. I'm not sure. But small amounts won't mess it up.

6/3/11 7:45 A

I'm not a scientist or anything ;) but I'd be willing to guess that a relatively small amount of lemon juice in a bottle of water is not going to have an overal dehydrating effect!

ANGIEPIE82 Posts: 128
6/3/11 7:32 A

i dont know what the truth is. but why not put a lemon wedge in your water, ive heard that it boosts your metabolism.

BEANBYDESIGN SparkPoints: (0)
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6/3/11 7:23 A

Is it okay to put a bit of lemon juice in water? I have 1 liter water bottle that I drink from, and I add about an ounce (give or take) of lemon juice to it, because I like the way it tastes, but my mom told me yesterday that she heard that lemon juice dehydrates you and you shouldn't mix it with water. Does anyone know what the truth is on this?

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