Water. The life sustaining and delicious resource we all need to survive.
My family and I just got back from a vacation in Okoboji, and the water there was pretty subpar. We drank a lot of bottled water and my hair noticed the difference as well from the shower. Since I've gotten back from the relaxing trip, I've appreciated my water at home so much more.
So today I want to share some statistics with you, and then to brighten things up a bit, I'll let you in on the surprising benefits of putting lemon in your water.
But first, some statistics:
- Water is a finite resource—even though about 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, less than 1 percent is available for human use. (Source: EPA)
- Forty out of 50 state water managers expect water shortages under average conditions in some portion of their states over the next decade. (Source: EPA)
- Each American uses an average of 100 gallons of water a day at home. (Source: EPA)
- As babies we are approximately 75 to 80% water and as we grow older this percentage decreases until the percentage is reduced to approximately 60 to 65% for men and 50 to 60% for women. The human brain is about 85% water and our bones are between 10 to 15% water. (Source: www.chemcraft.net)
- Here's an interesting article on the challenges of California's drought and water crisis.
Now – it's time for some inspiration for adding some sweet lemon to your next tall glass of water.
Putting a clean and organic lemon wedge or just squeezing some in your water has wonderful health benefit and adds natural flavor. Here's just a few reasons why you should try it.
- Detox and Cleanse your Body. As published by Dutch researchers in a 2002 edition of the European Journal of Nutrition, lemon peels and the waste stream of the lemon peels are effective in lowering blood and liver cholesterol levels. (Source: rootsandsprouts.com)
- Neutralize the Acid Levels in your Body = Akaline. This helps with issues of stomach discomfort and acid reflux. It can really help the next time you eat something that didn't quite agree with you. It also helps manage your ph levels - which has been said to help everything from preventing strokes to improving bone healthy and memory.
- Weight Loss. Some people insist on this one. If you look at plain water and what it does for you if you're hungry, and then add some refreshing and tasty lemon, I can see how it works.
Again, these are just a few benefits. Personally, the first thing I do each morning is pour a glass of filtered water and add me some sweet lemon. And I keep pouring until bedtime arrives.
Maybe you should try it too.
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