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In today's world of information abundance, it is sometimes difficult to figure out what is actually useful and what is not. Still, each person must, first of all, be responsible for his own destiny. After studying the available information and consulting a doctor, understand which of the many proposed remedies will be beneficial specifically for his body. So hot water with lemon has been discussed and advertised in various print and Internet publications for quite some time. But before you rush headlong into the maelstrom of the new health system, it is advisable to thoroughly consider all the pros and cons.
How hot lemon water is good for the body
It is not easy for everyone to immediately embrace the idea of just drinking hot water. It just so happens that most people have much more sympathy for cold water. And they drink hot only in the form of coffee or tea. But if you think about it, then for the body and all its organs it is the effect of hot or warm water that will be most harmonious, due to the fact that it is closer to their natural temperature and creates a warming and relaxing effect. By the way, the Chinese nation, known for its longevity, health and youth, has long used only hot water.
Of course, hot water should not be understood as boiling water, but only a liquid heated (or cooled) to a temperature of about + 50-60 ° C.
The benefits of hot water with lemon on an empty stomach
Lemons have long been one of the most affordable and at the same time the most useful fruits, sometimes overshadowing even apples traditional for Russia. However, back in the past centuries, these exotic tropical fruits were widely grown in many Russian villages, while actively using their beneficial properties.
Adding lemon to hot water can have a curious effect on the human body with some degree of benefit, especially if you consume the resulting drink in the morning on an empty stomach with sufficient regularity.
Hot water with lemon is able to gently prepare all the organs of the gastrointestinal tract for the day's work, diligently flushing accumulated mucus and food debris from the walls of the stomach and intestines. Lemon juice in combination with hot water can relieve heartburn, relieve belching, prevent flatulence in the intestines and help cleanse it. Lemon is also believed to stimulate the production of bile, which helps with digestion. It is believed that lemon water has a beneficial effect on liver function, but there is no scientific evidence on this topic. Unless it is able to indirectly cleanse the liver, stimulating the release of toxins and removing them from the body.
Several elements contained in lemons (potassium, magnesium) contribute to the fact that hot lemon water has the ability to cleanse the lymphatic system and promote relaxation and elasticity of the blood arteries. And when combined with the warm temperature of the drink, it is able to enhance the body's natural detoxification processes through the skin, kidneys and lymphatic system.
Hot water with lemon is quite high in vitamin P, which helps the normal functioning of the cardiovascular system.
Many people in their reviews, talking about the benefits of drinking hot water with lemon on an empty stomach, mention that it helps them get rid of constipation, and in a fairly short time. Lemon water really quite effectively affects intestinal peristalsis, removes various harmful substances from the body and partly accelerates metabolic processes.
Reducing slagging of the body is already useful in itself, but it also causes amazing changes in the skin. After a few days of drinking hot water with lemon, you can notice a lightening of the skin, a decrease in the manifestations of acne and other problems with appearance.
Lemon has active immunomodulatory properties due to the content of vitamin C and other minerals and vitamins. In addition, these tropical fruits are highly bactericidal. Due to this, regular consumption of lemon water will help protect the body during the period of annual infections and activate its own antiviral abilities.
Many people who have been drinking hot water with lemon for a long time in the morning, in their reviews, emphasize that the benefits of this drink are not only that it helps them to cheer up, but also maintain vitality throughout the day. Some have even replaced their daily coffee with it, which in itself can be very beneficial for a person. Perhaps the fact is that the essential oils contained in lemon have a powerful anti-stress effect. Lemon scent alone can fight depression and anxiety.
The benefits of warm lemon water in the morning
Initially, the benefits of water with the addition of lemon were talked about at the end of the 20th century with the light hand of the popular doctor-nutritionist Teresa Chong. Many useful properties of this drink were exaggerated, and they did not think much about possible contraindications for use.
But if you use warm water with lemon on an empty stomach deliberately and regularly, then its benefits are obvious:
- Warm water, consumed in the morning, helps to awaken the body, saturate it with moisture, and the addition of lemon, at least, enriches it with useful elements.
- Warm water with lemon contains an optimal amount of vitamin C in an easily assimilated form by the body. Namely, the body's need for this vitamin is constant and daily.
- Lemon water has a mild diuretic effect and helps to clear the urinary tract of bacteria accumulated during the night.
- According to doctors, a person should consume at least 2 liters of water per day, otherwise a lot of health problems will gradually come out. Lemon gives ordinary water its brightness and attractiveness, which helps to drink it in larger quantities than usual.
Many agree that, despite the significant exaggeration of both the benefits and harms of drinking hot water with lemon, even a small step towards a healthy lifestyle can fill a person with joy, pride and satisfaction.
What is the use of lemon with hot water for weight loss
Many, using hot water with lemon, expect to lose weight significantly. Of course, lemon water itself contains practically no calories, therefore it will not add excess weight to the body. A certain positive role is played by the fact of normalization of the work of the digestive tract. Citric acid also helps break down fat.
Lemon water is believed to contain significant amounts of fiber and pectins, which reduce appetite and keep you feeling full for long periods of time. But fiber with pectin is found mainly in the pulp and rind of lemon - pure squeezed juice will not help in this matter.
Therefore, it should be understood that water with lemon can serve rather as a preventive measure against obesity. And it can help you lose extra pounds only in combination with sports and the introduction of other methods of healthy eating into your life.
How to prepare hot lemon water
Of course, in theory, you can take water of any temperature to make lemon water. But the benefits of a lemon drenched in boiling water can be significantly reduced due to the fact that some of the vitamin C will disappear forever. On the other hand, it is also impractical to use water with a temperature below room temperature, since it will be retained in the stomach until it reaches body temperature. So, instead of cleansing and moisturizing the body, on the contrary, it can cause additional edema.
Therefore, the ideal water temperature for preparing a lemon drink varies between + 30-60 ° C. You can boil water and add lemon to it after cooling. And if pure spring water is available, then it is better to heat it to the required temperature, without bringing it to a boil.
For the preparation of the drink, you can use both freshly squeezed lemon juice and all parts of the lemon, including the zest. In the latter case, the manufacturing method becomes a little more complicated, but the benefits from taking such a drink are incomparably greater.
The easiest recipe for hot water with lemon
The easiest way to prepare a healthy lemon drink is as follows:
- Heat the water to a boil.
- Pour 200 ml of hot water into a glass.
- Wait for it to cool down to + 60 ° С.
- The lemon is scalded with boiling water, cut into slices from 1/3 to half of the fruit.
- Place the slices in a glass of hot water and crush them thoroughly.
In such a drink, absolutely all the beneficial properties of a whole lemon will be preserved.
Advice! If the taste seems too sour, then 1 tsp can be added to harmonize it. honey.
Lemon Juice Warm Water Recipe
It's also easy to make a drink that only contains lemon juice and water.
- Pour 200 ml of warm clean water into a glass.
- Add 2 tbsp to the glass. ready-made or freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Hot water with grated lemon
In order for all the nutrients from lemon to pass into the drink as much as possible, it is advisable to grind the fruit before adding.
You will need:
- 1 lemon;
- 400-500 ml of water.
- The lemon is poured over with boiling water and a thin layer of yellow zest is removed from it on a fine grater.
- Seeds are removed from the pulp and grind it together with the zest in a blender.
- Add to a container with warm water, stir and filter.
How to Drink Hot or Warm Lemon Water Properly
It is advisable to drink lemon water half an hour before meals in the morning. Do not drink more than 200 ml at a time. Regularity is more important here than quantity.
Advice! To reduce the harmful effects of lemon juice on tooth enamel, it is better to drink water through a straw.
Limitations and contraindications
In some cases, the harm from using boiling water with lemon is much more tangible than the benefits it brings. It is not recommended to use lemon water for people with diseases of the liver, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract. Water with lemon is especially harmful for those who have gastritis with high acidity or stomach ulcers.
Also, lemon water is contraindicated for allergies to citrus fruits.
Hot water with lemon can have a tonic and healing effect on a person, and can bring tangible harm. If there are no obvious contraindications to its use, then you can try to continue to focus solely on your own feelings.