In my research of leading a healthier lifestyle, I came across a very simple and inexpensive way to alkalize my body. I have read from various health websites that sicknesses and diseases cannot live in a body that is more alkaline than acidic. If your body is alkaline then that means that your pH level within your body is 8-14. Zero to 6 is acidic, and 7 is basic. Most of the foods that we tend to eat are acidic such as sweets, breads, and processed foods. Here is a quick way that I usually jump start my morning and my body on the alkaline trail. I drink a 12 oz glass of water with lemon juice, and it is refreshing and delicious! I prefer it over sweetened lemonade now because of the health benefits and taste.
I know you are thinking, "Aren't lemons acidic?" You are right, but it also is alkaline. Vitalitylink.com states that outside of the body lemons are acidic, but inside of the body the juice becomes alkaline. Click the link above to learn how this process happens.
The materials you need are a lemon, a cutting board, a sharp knife, and a cup of water (not shown). I have read online that room temperature water is best to use, but I usually use filtered water from my refrigerator.
Next, use a cutting board to slice the lemon in half horizontally and remove as many of the seeds as possible. This will make it easier during the squeezing process (seeds won't fall into your cup).
Then cut the oranges in small wedges or slices, whichever way you prefer. Wedges tend to work better for me because I can grip them better than the slices. It is totally a personal preference.
Finally, squeeze the lemon juice into your cup of water. I squeeze the juice of 2 wedges into my water because that is what I prefer. Most health websites say to squeeze 1/2 lemon juice into the water. Be sure to guard your eyes for this step!
For safe keeping and to save time for the next few mornings, place the remaining wedges/slices inside of a zip lock bag and refrigerate them. As a word of caution, avoid sucking on lemons because the acidity of the lemons can cause your tooth enamel to wear off and your teeth will become weak.
I'd like to hear your experience of drinking lemon water to alkalize your body in the comments section below.