The Power of the Humble Lemon

When I was a little girl my Dad always brought my Mum a strong cup of tea with 2 sugars and 2 biscuits to start the day. Not a great beginning for the digestive system with all the information we have these days. My mum always had digestive issues right up until she died at the young age of 62. Her best friend “Aunty Jenny” started her day with a cup of hot water and the juice of half a lemon – her husband always brought it to her in bed as well…such thoughtful men! 🙂 Anyway, Aunty Jenny swore by this drink each morning as a way to keep your body clear and clean. She lived a busy active life well into her 80’s. I can’t say for sure if there was a connection, but I am sure a healthy digestive system helps to promote and encourage a healthy life.

Nowadays we have lots of studies that show how effective lemon juice is as a digestive aid.

I start most days with a delicious mug of quite warm (so it is easy to drink) but not boiling water, with half a lemon squeezed into it. Tastes and feels so good! Read why it is so good for you below.

 Kickstarts the Liver and Bowel Warm lemon water stimulates the liver to produce bile which is an acid essential for digestion. Lemon juice is similar in composition to saliva and hydrochloric acid in the stomach – both very important in the digestive process. Lemon juice in warm water also helps loosen the plaque and toxins that get stuck along the walls of the bowel. It can help to stimulate bowel movements – especially when taken first thing in the morning. Warm lemon water is very good at relieving nausea, heartburn, burping, bloating, or that yuk, unsettled feeling in the tummy.

 Flushes Your System & Can Help with Shedding Excess Kilos Lemon oil is also an effective diuretic, helping to flush out toxins in your urinary tract as well by increasing your urine output. As an aromatherapist I know we use lemon essential oil as a detoxifier, as well as to balance the fluids in the body, especially urine and any oedema. So this is why it helps to balance the lymphatic system, which is our cleansing/garbage disposal system. The pectin fibre in lemons helps reduce hunger pangs. I also think the warm water helps fill you up too. And I think that by making the choice to help cleanse your body first thing in the morning as part of your daily routine, helps you to keep choosing the healthier foods and drinks throughout the day.

 A Great Alkaliser -Normalises pH Levels. It is weird I know, but the acidic effect of lemons when we taste them changes inside the body, so once metabolised the citric acid doesn’t create acidity in the body it actually alkalises it. (Some people can’t wrap their head around that idea!) Many of you will have heard how an acidic pH system creates illness and disease in the body.  Acidic bodies store a lot of uric acid in the joints, and this can lead to inflammation and to painful conditions such as arthritis and gout. Regular warm lemon water, and a more alkaline diet can help to flush the acidity out of the system.

 Healing & Beautiful Skin I remember women using lemon juice to help fade age spots and scars in beauty tips in old magazines. Due to the cleansing qualities, lemon juice in warm water promotes a healthy internal system which then shines out through the skin. The ascorbic acid and antioxidants help to reduce wrinkles as well as free radical damage. The Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is also essential in wound healing, as well as maintaining healthy bones, connective tissue and cartilage.

 Refreshing and Uplifting Lemons are renowned for their fresh, distinct aroma that comes from the essential oil that is expressed when we squeeze the lemon skin.  Very clearing and uplifting for the mind, and another way of helping with nausea is to sniff the lemon oil on your hands from the squeezed skin.  By having a healthier digestive system your breath will start to smell better too. If you do drink lemon water, remember it is still acidic in the mouth (hasn’t been digested yet) so rinse your mouth with water or clean your teeth afterwards so the acid of the juice doesn’t affect your tooth enamel.