The Ketogenic Diet has proven time and time again to be one of the best diets for weight loss. It can also be very beneficial in reducing the risk of cancer, focusing the brain (increased memory, clarity, and seizure control). This diet has also been proven to reduce the chance of migraines, as well as controlling diabetes.
With all of these amazing benefits some people still have their doubts about staring this diet due to the fact of the routine of eating high acidic forming foods such as fresh meat, some oils and nuts, as well as most dairy. One quick and easy way to neutralize the acid in your body is by adding lemon juice to your daily diet. Here is why you should be drinking lemon water on the ketogenic diet.
Lemons, And How They React In The Body
Lemons in general are natural disinfectants, therefore when they enter the body they clean everything that they pass through including toxins that live in the body. Lemon itself is very acidic based on its pH level of two. With that being said I’m sure you are now thinking: How does lemon juice become alkaline (having a pH greater than 7) when you consume it?
Well, it turns out that food’s pH level before it enters your body has little to do with how it may effect your body after being ingested. Although, lemons are an acidic food they transform into an alkaline substance after entering your body which then will easily and naturally neutralize your body.
Why This Is Important
In order for the cells in your body to function properly you should maintain a pH level of about 7. Maintaining this pH level on a ketogenic diet is important because you are consistently eating high acidic forming foods which will then result in health problems down the road. A common health problem that arises is a state of health referred to metabolic acidosis.
Lemon water is not the only way that you can neutralize your body on a ketogenic diet. One way that many people neutralize their bodies while on this diet is adding more alkaline vegetables to their diet like asparagus, broccoli, and green beans. There are many more vegetables and foods that would have the same effect on your body but these are just some of the most popular and convenient options.
5 Benefits Of Lemon Water
- Great Source of Vitamin C
Citrus fruits like lemons are high in vitamin C, which is a antioxidant that helps protect cells.
- Improves Skin Quality
Drinking lemon water has been proven to improve the quality of your skin and aids in preventing wrinkling. If your skin loses moisture, it becomes dry and prone to wrinkles. With that being said, being properly hydrated will help prevent this from happening and adding lemon water to your hydration regimen will help rid the skin of toxins and improve your overall skin quality.
- Aids in Weight Loss
One way that drinking lemon water promotes weight loss is the the reduction in appetite and calorie intake. There have also been many studies that prove an increase in the body’s metabolic rate when drinking lemon water.
- Cleanses and Detoxifies the Body
Because lemons are a natural disinfectant, when they enter the body they clean everything that they pass though which helps the body function properly.
- Helps Body Absorb Nutrients
When drinking lemon water with daily meals it helps the body with absorbing the nutrients that you need to maintain a healthy life.
How To Make
Lemon water is literally one of the easiest things to make and the awesome thing about it is you can add other things to it to make it even more nutritious than it already is. Sometimes I like to add limes or cucumbers to it to give it a little extra flavor. While on a ketogenic diet sometimes I miss just some good old fashioned lemonade so ill add some of my favorite sweetener to it!
Start by grabbing 2 or 3 lemon slices and lightly squeeze them into your water and then just throw the remaining of the lemon straight into your water so it can stay infused throughout the day when you refill your favorite cup / bottle.
From there you can add anything else that sounds tasty!
Things to consider adding to your lemon water:
Will Lemon Water Kick You Out Of Ketosis?
The short and simple answer is no. Lemons are perfectly fine on a ketogenic diet and only can improve your overall experience and weight loss. 1 whole lemon only contains about 2 net carbs, and you are not even eating the entire thing. You are drinking a diluted version of the lemon juice contained in lemons so the carb count is quite frankly very minimalistic.