Lemons are a powerful fruit.  In fact, they are one of the few trees that bear fruit year round.  To most the fact that lemons contain vitamin C is not a surprising, however, lemons also contain a flavonoid called esperetin and naringenin.  This combination is amazing for fighting off free radicals throughout the body.  This combination amongst the other amazing nutrients in lemons has shown to:

  • Reduce acne
  • Decrease aging on skin
  • Dissolve kidney stones
  • Decrease arthritic symptoms
  • Improve liver enzymes
  • Decrease nasal congestion
  • Improve lung issues and infection

Lemon is sour tasting.  In Chinese medicine sour foods calm the body and activate the liver.  Heat in Chinese medicine is ruled by the heart and small intestine.  Regularly drinking hot water with lemon, especially in the morning and before meals, can provide digestive power and reduce metabolic waste by cleansing the liver and the bowels.

According to EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICAL AND MEDICAL RESEARCH, hot water with lemon:

  • Increases hydration rate
  • Increases natural digestive enzymes by stimulating digestion
  • After meals, warm water aids in better digestion, increasing metabolism
  • Improves bowel movement frequency
  • Purifies your blood and increases your body’s natural detoxification processes via your skin, kidneys and lymphatic system.
  • Stimulates the stomach organ and other glands and prepares the body for food
  • Helps your muscles relax and soothes your nerves
  • Warm water taken in the morning may also help flush the kidneys of excess stomach acids
  • Decrease free radicals in the body

Hot water with lemon is an amazing combination that can benefit the body in many ways.  Try it first thing in the morning and before meals and see how it benefits you.

Sources:

Patel, Suchita, Jinal Patel, Mona Patel, and Dhrubo Jyoti Sen, Prof. Dr. “Sen EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICAL Et Al. European …” European Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medical Research. N.p., 27 June 2015. Web. 27 Oct. 2016.

Tillotson, Alan Keith, Nai-shing Hu. Tillotson, and Robert Abel. The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know about Chinese, Western, and Ayurvedic Herbal Treatments. New York, NY: Twin Streams, 2001. Print.