A Beverage That Helps You Lose Weight – that no one is talking about!

Yes, drinking this one single beverage added daily to your menu or at least a few times a week can have such a powerfully positive effect on your health and weight loss goals.

This healthy drink is cheap, natural, and easy to adhere to and has been scientifically proven to help you lose weight and increase longevity. 

This is a must drink to add to your lifestyle to support the prevention of weight gain, fatigue, cancer, viruses, and harmful bacteria. [1-3]

This drink is… drumroll ?… 

Freshly squeezed lemon juice!

Lemons are rich in citric acid, vitamin C, and polyphenols, which provide so many health benefits, 

Lemons contain various kinds of polyphenols that have been shown to affect the breakdown of fat and insulin-receptor function that play essential roles in obesity and diabetes prevention. They are also involved in the PPARg system [4-10], which I talk about in my video on how to turn off genes of obesity found in the link below: XXX

The many polyphenols found in high levels in lemons have been shown to help prevent lifestyle-related diseases and have anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antiviral activity, and affect fat and sugar metabolism. [11-18].

Eriocitrin, the main lemon polyphenol, is a potent antioxidant abundant in lemon juice and lemon peel. It has anti-aging effects and reduces fatigue because of its effect on the intestinal microbiome that supports taking more energy from the foods eaten. [1,19-20].

Some other major polyphenols in lemons, namely hesperidin and naringin, reduce cholesterol levels and improve fat and sugar blood levels in people who have type-2 diabetes. [21–24]

One study in Japan investigated the effect of dietary lemon polyphenols on high-fat diet-induced obesity in mice. They found that feeding with lemon polyphenols stops body weight gain and body fat gain. [25]

Another research study showed that a lemon detox for an intervention period of 7 days showed significant improvement in body weight, body mass index, percentage of body fat, and waist-hip ratio compared to the control groups. Also, reduced C-reactive protein levels (an indicator of inflammation) only in the lemon detox group. The researchers conclude that lemon juice reduces body fat and insulin resistance and may affect risk factors for heart disease. [26]

Takeaway

The results of many research studies are evident. When you add to your lifestyle the regular consumption of pure freshly squeezed lemon juice, you will see fat tissue reduction, lowered inflammation throughout the body, lower cholesterol levels, more balanced blood sugar, and fat levels and anti-aging effects not only for your own health but also on your microbiome health status.

Therefore I recommend consuming freshly squeezed lemon juice daily first thing in the morning. If you are taking medication daily, then wait one hour after taking medication before taking a shot of fresh lemon juice. It may take a few days to get used to the strong taste, but this minimal discomfort is definitely worth it in the long haul. 

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