Beginning with a half cup of warm, purified or spring water. Squeeze out about half of the juice from a fresh lemon and stir. Either add more lemon juice or water, depending on your preference. You can also substitute lemon essential oil.
Extract lemon juice by using warm water by using cold and hot water together, as this will soften the lemon and allow more of the natural juices and oils to be released.
Much of the research on lemon water’s ability to detoxify the liver is centered around the antioxidant D-Limonene, which is more concentrated in the peel of the lemon. D-limonene has been shown to activate enzymes in the liver that lead to detoxification. It has also been shown to treat cancer.
It turns out that two tablespoons of lemon juice contain almost exactly the amount of potassium in 8 oz of a typical sports drink. So, if you want to make your own low-carb sports drink, it's quite easy. Just mix together:
Juice lemon into a large glass jar and chop lemon remains into quarters, adding to the jar with the water and salt (if using). Let soak for 10 minutes. Leave the lemon in for increased potency the longer the drink sits.
Note: As soon as you add a sweetener to this, even a healthy one like honey, it is no longer a “health drink” but just a variety of a “lemonade” beverage. Because there is some natural sugar in the lemon juice, it is very satisfying as is. The more it soaks, however, the more it picks up the bitterness of the peels. But it is refreshing nevertheless, and good for your liver!