What is a Water Diet

Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 12:06 PM

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Sedentary lifestyles, hectic working schedules, irregular meal timings, and lack of time to exercise are perhaps the most common factors that get in the way of good health.

Add to the list the poor eating choices and overindulgence in fatty foods, and our best intentions to lose weight or stay fit fall by the wayside.

The good news is that our bodies are quite forgiving, and if we detoxify our system regularly with special detox diets, it not only benefits our skin and energy levels but also our general health. One of the best detox diets is the lemon water diet.
 
Lemon water diet
We usually wash our face at the end of the day to cleanse away dust and dirt that clog our skin cells. However, we forget to cleanse our bodies of unwanted toxins, which accumulate owing to pollutants, eating choices, and stress. This toxin build-up may precipitate as various skin disorders, allergic reactions, lowered immunity, and fatigue.
 
Drinking lemon water or following the magical lemon water liquid diet every three to four months helps to release the toxins, shed a few pounds, and rejuvenate the system. The formula for this diet is quite simple. You will need to mix together around 2 tablespoonfuls of freshly extracted lemon juice and approximately an equal amount of honey or maple syrup to about 10 ounces of water. Add a dash of cayenne pepper to the liquid solution and the lemon water solution is ready.  Drinking this lemon water at regular intervals (upto 6-8 glasses) through the day is recommended in the liquid diet plan. The individuals may continue this diet for 4-6 consecutive days under guided supervision of a dietitian or follow it for only for a couple of days as per individual preferences and health goals.
 
How does drinking lemon water help?
The lemon acts as an immunity enhancer and a cleansing agent at the same time. Addition of honey or maple syrup ensures a steady source of energy through the day and cayenne pepper works to boost the metabolism. The followers of the lemon water liquid diet experience reduced cravings for sugar and have better metabolism and a refreshed glow on their face. The liquid diet helps to release mucus, reduce water retention, lose weight, and purify the blood. 
 
Possible side effects
Drinking lemon water may have certain side effects like nausea, headaches, dizziness, and mood swings, and hence, it is always recommended that the diet be followed under qualified supervision. Continuing on this diet for a long period may induce nutrition deficiencies. Therefore, it is not recommended for pregnant women, children, and people with low blood pressure. Like any detox diet, the lemon water diet complements an otherwise healthy and balanced nutrition plan. Drinking lemon water surely works as a potent detoxification process, but should definitely not be used to replace traditional diets.

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