Before going for your job interview, you looked great, physically fit and in a good shape.Being in shape is a sign that you care for yourself, you are dedicated and passionate about working out, health and fitness in general. Having a great muscular physique signifies discipline and motivation and all these traits can certainly help you in your job interview. After all this, you landed the job and started work. Some few years later, the stress built up but you couldn't shake it off. You got fat and you are now out of shape. You are now scared you might lose your job because you are not taking care of yourself. Your blood pressure is high and the doctor told you to check your diet. You tried doing that but the more you do the less change you see. You are getting more and more stressed up everyday.
What if i told you the lemon you see everyday can help you regain your confidence
The lemon, Citrus limon (L.) Osbeck, is a species of small evergreen tree in the flowering plant family Rutaceae, native to Asia.
The tree's ellipsoidal yellow fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, which has both culinary and cleaning uses. The pulp and rind are also used in cooking and baking. The juice of the lemon is about 5% to 6% citric acid, with a pH of around 2.2, giving it a sour taste. The distinctive sour taste of lemon juice makes it a key ingredient in drinks and foods such as lemonade and lemon meringue pie.
Nutritional Value Of Lemon
Lemons are a rich source of vitamin C, providing 64% of the Daily Value in a 100 g serving (table). Other essential nutrients, however, have insignificant content (table).
Lemons contain numerous phytochemicals, including polyphenols, terpenes, and tannins. As with other citrus fruits, they have significant concentrations of citric acid (about 47 g/l in juice)
Health Benefits Of Lemon
- Weight Loss
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. Studies have shown people who maintain a more alkaline diet, do in fact lose weight faster. I personally find myself making better choices throughout the day, if I start my day off right, by making a health conscious choice to drink warm lemon water first thing every morning.
Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. It’s atomic composition is similar to saliva and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. Lemon Juice helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion eg, belching and bloating.
Lemons contain pectin fibre which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial.
The vitamin C component as well as other antioxidants helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes and it helps to combat free radical damage. Vitamin C is vital for healthy glowing skin while its alkaline nature kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne. It can actually be applied directly to scars or age spots to help reduce their appearance. It also prevents the formation of wrinkles.
- Immune System
It helps to flush out unwanted materials from our body because lemon increases the rate of urination in the body. Cirtic acid present in lemon helps enzymes function and stimulate the liver and gain in detoxification.
- Stress & Injury
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), found in abundance in lemons, promotes wound healing, and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage. As noted previously, vitamin C also displays anti-inflammatory properties. Combined, vitamin C is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of good health and recovery from stress and injury.
Besides fresher breath, lemons have been known to help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. Be aware that citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should be mindful of this. No not brush your teeth just after drinking your lemon water. It is best to brush your teeth first, then drink your lemon water, or wait a significant amount of time after to brush your teeth. Additionally, you can rinse your mouth with purified water after you finish your lemon water.
Lemon is one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions, providing your body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract. The scent of lemon also has mood enhancing and energizing properties. The smell of lemon juice can brighten your mood and help clear your mind. Lemon can also help reduce anxiety and depression.
Why you should take it with lukewarm water?
Lukewarm actually comes from the Middle English word lukewarme. It was a combination of “luke" and “warm," and the “luke" part was an alteration of the Middle English word lew, which meant tepid.Tepid means neither hot nor cold. So in short lukewarm water is water that is neither hot nor cold.
Mostly, people take water in its cold state but from research this is wrong. If you drink cold liquid with a meal then all of the fats will solidify and turn your food into a sticky sludge that slows down your digestion and becomes stagnant.
Regularly drinking luke warm water especially in the morning heals our body, provises digestive power and reduces metabolic waste which might have built up in our immune system. The consumption of warm water increases the tightening of the intestines, which optimizes elimination.Unlike hot water, processed cold water is devoid of many essential minerals that could become very unfavorable to the digestive tract when consuming a meal.
How to make your lukewarm lemon water in the morning
When you wake up in the morning, try not to take in anything else. Just:
- First take a glass of luke warm water
- Squeeze one lemon into the glass of luke warm water
- Do not add salt or sugar. For taste you have an option of adding honey to it.
Just as simple as that. Keep on with this routine daily and you will see the change you have always been looking for. Prepare to gain your confidence back. Say no to stress and say yes to healthy living.
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