Is drinking lemon water healthy?

Lemons are acidic, right? Well, yes and no.

It is a common misconception that drinking lemon water is not good for you because it is acidic. Most of us interested in healthy eating know that it is best to eat a diet high in alkaline foods. Outside of the body and technically inside the body prior to digestion lemon juice is acidic but once digested it is alkaline.

But what about the teeth? Doesn’t it ruin the enamel on your teeth?

It can, if you were to suck on lemons all day, exposing your teeth for extended periods of time, this could damage the protective enamel on your teeth. However, drinking lemon water in moderation, say up to one glass a day, does not result in extended exposure and so it is not destructive to your teeth. This is the only con to consuming lemons or lemon juice that I am aware of. Considering this and the countless pro’s to drinking lemon water it is considered healthy.

Your stomach is protected from the acid in lemons and after the digestion process, when the lemon is metabolized it actually has an alkalizing effect raising the PH in your body. It leaves what is called an alkaline ash in your system that your body removes through urine. Thus, making it alkaline in the body.

The best way and time to drink your lemon water is warm and first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Doing this will help to flush your liver eliminating toxins daily. You can also opt to brush your teeth afterwards to further safeguard your teeth if you still have some concern about them being exposed to the lemon juice.

Some of the additional benefits of drinking lemon water are, but not limited to:

It is high in vitamin c, helps digestion, promotes clearer skin, can curb your craving for sweets, can help lose weight, and can help prevent bad breath.

How much lemon juice should be consumed? It varies, I usually squeeze the juice of an entire lemon into a cup of hot water most mornings when it is cold outside. But I love lemons and don’t mind the bitter taste. You don’t have to use that much and can add a bit of raw honey if you want it sweat. Any amount of lemon juice added to a cup of warm water each morning will be beneficial to your health.

 

 

 

Share Your World – April 24, 2017

Cees’s Share Your World

Great questions today. I really had to put some thought into some of these. Here are my answers.

Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink?

Most often, just water at room temperature. But if it is cold, hot water with the juice of an entire lemon or camomile tea. If it is hot, Canada Dry all natural Raspberry sparkling seltzer water or occasionally I will sneak a swig of my husbands A&W root beer.

Complete this sentence:  Never In My Life Have I…. 

Wow, um… There is so much I have not done yet. So I will randomly choose something.

Never in my life have I ever traveled to another country. Yet.

If you could be given any gift what would it be?

I would say if someone was going to gift me something, and I could specify what I want, it would be an experience of some sort.

I recently started listening to “The Minimalist” pod casts. They have such a great message. Subsequently I have been trying to get rid of things I don’t use. While I will probably never have a stark house, I don’t want to collect stuff I don’t need. So movie, concert, event or travel tickets, something that I normally would not spend money on myself but that would give me a new experience would be an amazing gift.

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something productive?

If I don’t fall asleep right away, which is usually the case, I tend to toss and turn for a while. If I don’t fall asleep, then I get up and move around for a few minutes then go back to bed. If I still can’t sleep I will just lay in bed and let my mind wander, or make up a story in my mind to fall asleep to.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful to find out that I have a severe vitamin D deficiency.

This is good news because I look forward my runs getting a little easier as my muscles will not feel so weak and I will have more energy once my body adjusts to the supplement I started taking.

About a road less traveled

I just read a great post by Broadside. My response is lengthy and well quite a bit more personal of a post than I anticipated posting when I started this blog. But I feel this is such an important subject, that I will share.

Do we need role models? By Caitlin Kelly

My response to the title – YES! More specifically we need positive role models.

She starts off by referencing a poem by Robert Frost – The road less traveled. This is by far my favorite poem of all time from the moment I heard it! If you have not read it, even if you are not a fan of poetry, it is worth the read.

At the end she poses the questions. Do you have role models to help you figure out your life? If so, who?

My immediate thought was no, I don’t currently have any role models, and I rarely have.

Then a minute more thinking about it I realized that is not true. Far from it. I often have to catch myself like this when my first response is negative and take a deeper look. And anything worth looking deeper into is worth sharing.

The fact is, with few exceptions (young children for example) we choose our role models, they don’t choose us. They can be anyone. Someone you know personally, who they are as person entirely, maybe just one aspect of their character (Ha, because we all know none of us are perfect) or even through something they have written. Their influence as a role model can be good, bad or in between. In any way, they can have a profound impact on our lives and can affect how we view ourselves. This is why understanding how role models play a role in our lives and selecting your role models carefully is paramount.

As a young child, my role models were my parents. Whether I wanted them to be or not. This is where my initial negative response comes from. Not because I have not had role models in my life but because my parents were not the role models I wanted them to be. But my parents, like all others, are human. And I have no control over the people they choose to be. But as we get older we are able to identify this, then choose who we want to be and likewise who our role models will be. Oddly enough when this “Aha” moment first came into my life I was a young girl, barely a teenager. When my mother, of all people, shared a poem she had just read, The road less traveled by Robert Frost.

A little back story. At about age five, I discovered that my ideals were different than my parents. Of course, at that age I did not know what an “Ideal” was. But I for the first time I truly understood the difference between right and wrong as it applied to me in deciding when I would do what is right or wrong, not just because my parents said so. In fact, from that point on I disagreed with decisions they made often. Unfortunately , I grew up in a sheltered household that was very “my way or the highway”.  Being so young, this caused a dilemma for me. At first my willpower was strong and I just kept my opinions to myself. Responded how I was expected to respond. But with few outside influences, over time came to believe that there was something wrong with me because I did not think or view things the same way they did. This negative “life lesson” I had learned from what I would consider bad role models in my life took me many years to unlearn.

When I first heard this poem, and saw it in a book. That spark went off in my head. There is more than one road. I can choose the road I want to walk. Maybe disagreeing with my parents perspective was not “wrong” after all and it is just a part of who I am. I can walk the road less traveled. Was there really nothing wrong with me? It seemed too good to be true, but it had to be true, enough people in the world must have different viewpoints in order for something like this to be printed and sold to the masses. At that moment I chose to let Robert Frost, through that poem be a role model to me. And a good one at that!

Considering of course that I was still a child and needed to respect my parents while I lived in their home. Besides nothing they required of me was illegal, they just a had a different view on life than I did. And so, I did as instructed and was the daughter they wanted me to be.

But I also was now free. Free to learn how to be myself again. To find again who I was when I was five. To start the long process of self-reflection to find my true self and personality that I had worked so hard to bury deep inside all those years. An individual, free to accept that I can be whoever I want to be and that there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.  True, I could not show it outright for a time. Until I was an adult and on my own. But that was okay, knowing this was going to be a long hard process anyways because my thoughts had changed but all the old feeling were still there. A little (many years really) quiet time in my mind to sort things out was not a bad thing. I was now moving in the right direction and could choose my own role models. Even if they had to come from books.

We do not have control over how we are raised. But if it had not been for the experiences I had growing up, I would not be as strong of a person as I am today. For that I am grateful for the all challenges I have faced.

As fate would have it. Around the same point in time I started taking martial arts. I chose my instructor to be a positive role model. As I got older, over nearly a decade our relationship had developed through many stages. In all, he has been and continues to be the greatest role model in my life. He has always challenged me to be myself, no matter how scary that can be at times. For that and many other reasons he is the most amazing person I know. He is my best friend and now my husband of almost 18 years.

I came to be someone who knew many people but really had few friends. I often chose friends who had something about them that I admired and aspired to.

Currently I have been blessed to know a couple more people over the last few years who I can get alternate perspectives from when I find myself questioning my own perspective on things. It is always good to have three very different people to bounce things off of, to then ponder and determine what your true thoughts are on life matters. I value their opinions and admire much of who they have chosen to be as people.

The first of my three, of course being my husband.

Second, my personal trainer who through example has greatly inspired me to find value in experiences over things. I have never really considered myself materialistic but I have a new-found appreciation for finding value in experiences.

The other is my acupuncturist. Such a kind and caring soul, she finds joy in helping people heal.

All are always willing to give their point of view when asked. They are in my opinion excellent role models and I am grateful to have them in my life.

Through it all the good, bad and in between have helped me open my mind, helped me discover who I want to be and guide to me to who I am. I regret nothing because I love who I am today.

As my husband would say “Change is the only thing constant in life, get used to it”. My take on that is, if things are going to change, make them change for the better. And change in the form of growing and becoming a better person is a good thing. Anyone who can help you achieve such growth is a role model worth having in my opinion.

Flower of the Day – April 18, 2017

Cee’s Photography – Flower of the Day

Here is my flower of the day.

This flowering plant was given to me from a friend who moved about five years ago and could not take it with him. He stated that it is a Desert Orchid (Please ignore the yellow dying leaves and the weeds in the pot. I am embarrassingly behind on weeding my potted plants). One of the few flowers in my garden this year that are not purple.

Shades of Purple

I love spring time with all the flowers in bloom and a fresh cool breeze in the air. When the sun is warm and everything just seems happier in general.

I can’t help but notice over the last couple weeks that there are shades of purple everywhere. It seems that a good 90 percent of my garden this year are purple flowers. It is said that purple is the color of Royalty. At least that is what I think of every time I see it.

Here are some photos from my garden to brighten your day!

Share Your World

I saw this on another persons blog and thought, how fun! And how nice to post a little something that gives readers more of an idea or picture in their minds eye of who I am as a person, not just as a new writer.

This is the first I have added a link to my blog, hopefully I did it correctly.

So here it goes…

Share Your World

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?

Pen – Uni-ball vision micro (waterproof/fade-proof), black ink.

On a side note I find it frustration when someone has such lavish cursive handwriting that I can’t read it and on the extreme opposite when I learned how to write in cursive, I just never really loved how my personal handwriting style looked. Print is so much cleaner and easier to write neatly. So as a child, as soon as it was permitted I switched back to print and stuck with it.

I would however love to learn the art of calligraphy.

Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer?

Dancer.

I would love to be able to do both. But faced with a choice I would choose dancer hands down. I like all types of body weight exercise and am fascinated with all physical arts. It is amazing what a body is capable of!

If you were on a debate team, what subject would you relish debating?

I am not one to participate in debates or be on a debate team. Honestly my mind goes blank with trying to think of what I would debate.

That is not to say I wouldn’t give all I am and have to stand up for something or someone that I deeply and truly believe in.

What are you a “natural” at doing?

I would say I currently am a natural at teaching. It comes easy now but it is a skill I have been learning my whole life. I have often had to learn things on my own for various reasons and I know the struggle that all too often comes with it. I have come to enjoy researching and figuring things out on my own. I love that I can help teach what I know to others to hopefully make learning less of a struggle for them.

However, in writing this the thought comes to mind that perhaps I am a natural at compassion and have learned to teach as a tool to show compassion.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful that I got my taxes filed. I always file on time but I procrastinate in this area  every year. It is usually a weight on my shoulders that I am glad to be rid of.

I look forward to getting my tax refund!