Happy New Year! I hope you all had a relaxing and memorable Christmas season.
2019 is here, and so are the new rituals we all want to add to make our year the best it can be. On the list that I always try to instill in my clients is lemon water either in the morning or at night (or both depending on the health challenges).
Well, for starters it is a fantasitc way to get hydration into your body first thing, so that your body can flush out the old and make way for the new nourishment of the day.
Now it’s important that you heat the water (and have it filtered), but it doesn’t have to be super hot, just warm enough that your digestive system gets warmed up for the food that will enter its system shortly. In Chinese medicine we preach how important our Stomach Fire is, this is our ability to break down food and absorb, so we stay happy and healthy. Lemon helps ramp up these processes, which is fabulous because it’s so easy to squeeze a lemon into hot water.
While we are on the subject of the digestive system…
Because a lemon has the same atomic structure as digestive juices found in our stomachs, it tricks the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving through your body and gastrointestinal tract smoothly. This is why it is so helpful with relieving indigestion and easing stomach upset.
Lemons are warriors for your white blood cell production (yes, I have been binge watching The Last Kingdom), but to be honest I do see these yellow Kings and Queens as warriors because the vitamin C packed in them stimulate white blood cell production which is vital for your immune system to function properly, and also protect cells from getting oxidative damage.
It looks after your skin…
The antioxdiants in lemons fight damage caused by free radicals, keeping your skin looking fresh. It also helps the body produce collagen, essential in smoothing out lines in the face.
In Chinese medicine we practice a type of food therapy called Shi Liao and lemons are known to go to the energectic systems of the Lung, Spleen, Stomach and Liver. They have the qualities of being sour, astringent and cool. We use it to curb excessive appetite and GERD/ acid reflux symptoms, really anything causing digestive upset, or what we refer to as rebellious Stomach Qi.
They protect the center of a person, which what keeps a person stable emotionally and helps people remain calm in stressful situations. I could go on and on about the emotional qualities of lemons, it’s fascinating!
So, what about time of day…or night?
It’s true that lemon water will help in different ways depending on the time of day.
In the morning:
- Relieves dehydration
- Energizes the body
- Boosts metabolism
- Stimulates digestive system
- Helps weight loss
- Boosts brain power
- Detoxes the colon
- Helps weight loss
- Boosts immune system
- Helps with heartburn
- Helps reduce inflammation
It’s safe to say you can’t go wrong with a half of a lemon in the morning or at night. I challenge you to incoporate it for 2 weeks and see how you feel. If you have any question about other ingredients you can add, please message me! I love talking health and wellness.
Thanks for reading!
1 organic lemon, lemon sqeezer, 1-8oz cup of hot/warm water, loving intention