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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Health Benefits to Drinking Lemon Tea

Lemon tea first thing every morning – This is an old favourite  that I learned from my beautiful Nan, she swore blind that drinking lemon tea first thing in the morning before anything else was her secret to staying healthy, and my studies have proved her right.
My lovely Nan passed away at the ripe young age of 89  and she still had gorgeous skin even then which she said was due to her lemon tea!
Out of all of my studies, Ayurveda is my favourite, I love the philosophy it just makes so much sense.
Ayurveda teaches us to focus on morning rituals which work to align the body with nature’s rhythms, balance the doshas and develop self-esteem and self-discipline.  I have to agree, I love my morning rituals and if I let go of them I sure see the difference.
Warm lemon water in the morning helps to kick start our metabolism for the day, it assists the liver and digestive system, therefore it helps us to control weight, great news – and that is just one benefit of lemon tea.
Lemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers which build immunity and fight infection;
  • high vitamin C
  • citric acid
  • calcium,
  • bioflavonoids
  • pectin

HOW TO : You should be using purified water and it should be warm not hot, our body works best with closest to our own body temperature, the body has to work hard to cope with extreme temperatures and we want to assist our body not hinder it. Lemons ideally fresh organic. I like to make a litre jug full but just a cup is fine.
In my litre jug I squeeze the juice of one lemon, for a cup just use half a lemon, if you don’t like it you can reduce the amount of lemon until you get used to it, or you can add some raw honey.
It only takes minutes to prepare but you can cheat with this by squeezing lemons and freezing in ice-cube trays, take one ice-cube and pour over warm water. Try adding some lime too, same benefits and awesome taste. Great way to boost the anti-aging vitamin C and to alkalise the blood.

10 Benefits to Drinking  Lemon Tea First Thing Every Morning

1. Hydration - This is I feel the most important benefit – Our body is literally on a fast while we sleep and is in a mild state of dehydration when we wake, lemon water can re-hydrate your body within minutes of drinking it which is why it is so good first thing.
Lemon tea – warm water and lemon juice helps to replace fluids that are continually lost by our body, being dehydrated causes rapid aging and deterioration of the body, we feel exhausted, stressed, cant think straight, constipated – the list goes on.
We are 70-75% water, it is essential to keep those body fluids up. when we are properly hydrated we are full of energy and feel vibrant.

 2. Digestive Aid - Lemon juice doesn’t actually flush the body as you may read, but it helps the liver and kidneys to do their cleaning job, it helps produce the acids we need for good digestion. The acids in lemons are of a similar composition to our saliva and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices – the body’s natural digestive acids.  Lemons are also high in minerals and vitamins which help shift toxins in the digestive tract. Lemons turn alkaline when digested by the body and so help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, acid reflux and bloating. The citric acid in lemons help to produce enzymes, which aids healthy digestion and stimulates the liver.

3. Lemon is a Natural Diuretic - A natural diuretic, therefore helping the body to release toxins –  helps detoxification and keeps the bloating away.

4. Clears Skin - With all that flushing and hydrating we are obviously going to improve the look of our skin and we all know vitamin C is fab for our skin right? Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is key to the production of collagen, a protein which aids in the growth of new cells and blood vessels to give skin its firmness and strength. Vitamin C also helps create scar tissue and ligaments,  it helps our skin repair itself . The vitamin C contained in the lemon rejuvenates the skin from within our body and gives us a vibrant glow!

5. Immune Builder - One of the easiest, cheapest and most effective ways to boost the immune system –  high in antioxidants and vitamin C, drinking lemon juice or lemon tea regularly helps to fight of disease and illness. Lemons are also high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function and control blood pressure.
Lemons are anti -inflammatory – inflammation can cause many health problems. People with Asthma and other respiratory symptoms would all benefit hugely from drinking lemon tea/water.

6. Balances pH Levels - Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body bringing it back to a balanced state, when we are over acidic we are vulnerable to disease – no disease can survive in an alkaline body. Drinking lemon water regularly can help to remove high acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints – one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation.

7. Freshens Breath - Lemons can help clear bacteria in the mouth assisting with the health of our teeth as well as keeping our breath nice and fresh. The acid in the lemons can erode the enamel on the teeth though,  so be sure to rinse with fresh after after your lemon drink.

8. Promotes Healing - If our immune system is strong we obviously heal more quickly and the vitamin C found in abundance in lemons, helps to heal wounds quickly and basically takes care of all the tissue in the body including bones and cartilages. Vitamin C also helps us recovery from stress and anxiety.

9. Lifts our Mood - Just the smell of a lemon can clear our mind and so lift our mood, back in my aromatherapy days, we were encouraged to use lemon essential oil and have it near us while studying to help us stay clear and focused as well as happy!

10. Aids in Weight Loss - Last but definitely not least, lemons help us hugely with keeping our blood more alkaline and people with healthy alkaline levels tend to lose weight more easily and faster than those who are high acid, the body is very sluggish and slow when in acid state and so it would be very difficult to lose weight,  for us to lose weight we need our system to work well and eliminate properly, lemon is helpful in this way too. So get that lemon tea going and lose those extra pounds!
Of course just lemon tea alone will not bring all these benefits, but an overall healthy diet, lots of water and lemon tea in the mornings will bring huge health benefits.

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