Lemon Water: ‘the best morning drink’

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There is a proverb in Bengali, ‘Jar sesh bhalo tar sobh bhalo’ signifying the success of each day by its pretty end. Well, is it not the kickstart that gears us up to act? All of us had heard since antiquity that ‘Morning shows the day’. And with health in concern, the best start would be drinking warm lemon water in every mornings. Warm lemon water in the morning initiates the digestion process for the day and helps in eliminating the waste products from the body easier. It prevents the problem of constipation and diarrhea, by ensuring smooth bowel functions. According to Ayurvedic philosophy, choices that you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to disease or tear it down. Ayurveda invites us to get a jump-start on the day by focusing on morning rituals that work to align the body with nature’s rhythms, balance the doshas and foster self-esteem alongside self-discipline.

green lemon water  Warm Lemon Water

Lemons are packed like a clown car with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. Lemons are acidic to the taste, but are alkaline-forming in the body. In fact they are one of the most alkaline-forming foods; this makes them great for balancing a highly acidic condition in the body. The main benefits of lemon are as follows:

1. Lemons are acidic to begin with but they are alkalineforming on body fluids helping to restore balance to the body’s pH.

2. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds.

3. “The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile,” says Jethro Kloss in his book Back to Eden. Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier.

4. Lemons increase peristalsis in the bowels, helping to create a bowel movement thus eliminating waste and helping with regularity.

5. Scurvy is treated by giving one to two ounces of lemon juice diluted with water every two to four hours. In 1747, a naval surgeon named James Lind cured scurvy with fresh lemons.

6. The citric acid in lemon juice helps to dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones.

7. The lemon peel contains the potent phytonutrient tangeretin, which has been proven to be effective for brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease.

8. It destroys intestinal worms and provides relief from different indigestion problems.

9. When there is insufficient oxygen and difficulty in breathing (such as when mountain climbing) lemons are very helpful. The first man to reach the top of Mt. Everest, Edmund Hillary, said that his success on Mt. Everest was greatly due to lemons.

10. Experiments have found the juice of lemons destroy the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases.

11. Lemons are useful for the treatment of higher blood pressure increases the levels of HDL (good Cholesterol).

12. Lemons helps in strengthening the blood vessels by vitamin P (bioflavinoids) present in lemon thus preventing internal hemorrhage.

13. The symptoms of eye disorders, including diabetic retinopathy have been shown in research to improve due to the rutin, found in lemons.

14. Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds, including naturally occurring limonene; oil which slows or halts the growth of cancer tumors in animals and flavonol glycosides which stop cell division in cancer cells.

15. According to The Reams Biological Ionization Theory (RBTI), the lemon is the ONLY food in the world that is anionic (an ion with a negative charge). All other foods are cationic (the ion has a positive charge.) This makes it extremely useful to health as it is the interaction between anions and cations that ultimately provides all cell energy.

16. Drinking hot water with added lemon and honey helps in reducing weight. Its a famous traditional way for rapid weight loss. The obvious benefits of drinking hot water with added lemon are hydration, warming, vitamin C, and clearing the throat before singing.

17. Lemon is an antioxidant which deactivates the free radicals preventing many dangerous diseases like stroke, cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

18. Lemon is found to be anti-carcinogenic which lowers the rates of colon, prostate and breast cancer. They prevent faulty metabolism in the cell, which can predispose a cell to becoming carcinogenic. Also blocks the formation of nitrous amines in the gut.

19. The skin of lemon dried under the sun and then ground to make powder can be applied to the hair for a few minutes before bath which relieves head ache and cools the body.

20. Applying lemon juice to acne dries the existing ones and prevents from getting more.

21. It acts as a natural hair lighter and skin bleach which reduces the pigment melanin and prevents the risk of chemical allergic reactions which is common with hair dyes and bleaches.

22. It also helps in relieving gingivitis, stomatitis, and inflammation of the tongue.

23. It is given to prevent urinary tract infection and gonorrhea.

24. It is applied to the sites of bites and stings of certain insects to relieve its poison and pain.

25. It relieves colic pain and gastric problems.

26. It soothes the dry skin when applied with little glycerin.

27. It used for marinating seafood or meat kills bacteria and other organisms present in them, thereby prevents many gastric-intestinal tract infections.

28. Lemon juice with a pinch of salt (warm) every morning lowers cholesterol levels and brings down your weight.

29. It is the best drink to prevent dehydration and shock in case of diarrhea.

30. It can also be used as a mouthwash. It removes plaque, whitens the teeth and strengthens the enamel.

31. It is an excellent treatment for dandruff and greasy hair.

32. Lemon juice, applied over the face, removes wrinkles and keeps you young. It gives a glow to the skin.

33. Lemon juice helps to prevent and cure osteoarthritis.

34. Lemons are very good for your body. These sourpusses help your whole body, if you can manage the pucker. Lemons are high in Vitamin C, which everyone needs for their daily diet.

35. Lemons can lower a fever, prevent invections, help to heal wounds, and can help prevent sore throat, tonsilitis and asthma.

WARM LEMON WATER     Lemon Water benefits

Moreover, the fun fact behind lemon juice is this that they contain more potassium than apples or grapes! Because of how hard lemon juice can be on the enamel of your teeth, it’s important to dilute it with water of any temperature. So, it is better to drink it as the very first thing in the morning, and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast.

Not only are the benefits of lemon water endless, it’s one of the most substantial yet simple changes you can make for your health.