LEMON IN WATER – WHY IT’S SO GOOD FOR YOU

This is Part Four of an ongoing series called What To Drink Upon Rise?

Last week we covered Apple Cider Vinegar and the previous weeks, Herbal TeasFermented Foods and Digestive Bitter Tonics

Breakfast beverages are consumed upon rise and offer various health benefits. They aid digestion and absorption, stimulate a healthy bowel motion, cleanse the bowels, offer nutrition and probiotics, healing properties and so on… Each week I will outline the different types of breakfast beverages and how they help your health.

LEMON IN WATER – WHY IT’S SO GOOD FOR YOU

  • Lemons taste sour making them an excellent digestive, stimulating the appetite by increasing the salivary, stomach, intestinal, gall bladder and pancreatic  juices.
  • Sour and bitter tastes specifically act as chologogues, which means they stimulate bile flow. What does bile do?
    • Bile contains bile acids, which are critical for digestion and absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins in the small intestine.
    • Many waste products, including bilirubin, are eliminated from the body by secretion into bile and elimination in faeces.
  • In Ayurvedic medicine it balances the dosha Vata –  moves stagnation in the liver, encourages the flow of bile, and promotes proper liver function. The sour taste awakens the mind and helps to bring together scattered energy. It is anti-flatulent, antispasmodic, energizing, refreshing, satisfying, nourishing to the heart, and can clear dryness.
  • Lemon in warm water moistens, holds fluid in the tissues and acts as a laxative.
  • Drinking warm water with lemon juice first thing in the morning, upon rise, supports the the human’s body hepatic clock or liver cycle.

 

The hepatic clock –  ref 

  • The liver synthesizes complex chemicals and processes toxins the most when the production of bile is lowest.
  • Along the same lines, chemical synthesis and toxin processing is lowest while the liver’s production of bile is highest.
  • Because bile is needed for food processing, the liver makes a greater proportion during the day – and less at night.
  • Bile production is assumed to be at its highest at 9am and lowest at 9pm.
  • After 9pm, the liver switches to its other primary functions, synthesizing chemicals and processing accumulated toxins.
  • The cycle begins shifting around 3am, when the liver slows chemical synthesis and readies itself for bile production.
  • The liver cycle shifts again around 3pm, when chemical synthesis begins to increase and bile production decreases.

 

The Best Lemon In Water

  • Choose organic lemons and filtered warm water.
  • Better still adding lemon juice to a cup of warm bone stock broth takes the benefits to another level. Bone stock broth is in itself medicinal – rich in collagen, amino acids, electrolytes, extremely healing and therapeutic to the gut, skin and musculoskeletal system.
  • Adding lemon juice to our Ovvio Organics D- Tox Bitters Tea enhances the actions of our quintessential liver and bowel cleanse tea.

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