Happy Saturday! I trust that your weekend is off to a beautiful start. Life is moving along smoothly for me, as I ready myself for the move to Dubai. Although my To-Do list is definitely still quite large, I continue to feel a fantastic sense of pleasure when I cross another line off (especially when the line starts with the word ‘Taxes’). I’m pretty excited right now because today marks the day that I purchased my first Mac Book Air. For some time now my current laptop has been causing me a number of headaches- and the thought that I could do with a new laptop that was faster, lighter and reserved for my current and growing writing career- became louder and louder. After dreaming about making the purchase, I arose this morning with the task well planned out.
So, I am writing to you from my brand new Mac Book Air! Woo! Lighter, faster and I am totally committed to naming this day the beginning of a beautiful, successful and bright writing career. So, stay tuned!
For those of you that know me well, it should come as no surprise to you that I am writing about lemons, today. In fact, you are probably surprised that it has taken me this long to spill the details on my passion for this fabulous citrus fruit. Most nutritionists (especially holistic nutritionists) include lemons in their daily practice. Each morning is accompanied by at least one lemon. For me, my day hasn’t started until I am sipping on a 1 litre mason jar filled with warm water and freshly squeezed lemons. It’s just not the same without it.
So, why lemons? When life gives me lemons, what do I do?
Lemons and limes (ya, that’s right- I’m just going to throw limes in there too) are not just magical because of their delicate citrus flavour. Lemons provide us with an abundance of nutritional value and support.
One of the fundamental points I like to tell people when it comes to eating and food is that you want to try to keep your diet as natural and colourful as possible. If you’ve heard of the Rainbow Diet before- then you already have an idea of what I’m talking about. The reason why something like a a Rainbow Diet is so great is because fruit isn’t just colourful to appeal to our sense of sight. The bright and beautiful colours of fruits are representative of the many phytonutrients that they contain. For instance, if you are eating organic (non-sprayed) fruit and vegetables- I recommend to either include the skin/peels or to save them for something else. The reason being that the nutritional value is not only in the fruit/meat itself. So, whether you are grating the peel into your dressing or including the peel in your favourite cocktail- I recommend that you make some use out of the whole lemon.
10 Top Health Benefits of Lemons
1. Lemons are alkalizing for your body; when you eat or drink the juice of a lemon- the ‘acidic’ properties of the lemon enter your body, which stimulates a series of responses that create a more alkaline balance in your digestive system. This also is helpful when it comes to blood sugar regulation! Long story short- ingesting an acid (lemon juice, apple cider vinegar) stimulates the release of Hydrochloric Acid into your stomach, which begins the process of digestion, stimulates hormone release, ‘wakes up’ your organ systems and in summary- gets things going.
2. Lemons are a great source of Vitamin C; lemons are one of those fruits that are a fantastic natural source of vitamin C and the flavonoids that are excellent when it comes to fighting flus and infections (hint: think scurvy).
3. Lemons help to cleanse your bowels; in relation to the number 1 reason (mentioned above), by stimulating these natural responses in your body, lemons help to support and increase the bowel cleansing that takes place upon waking. To be frank- when you get into a routine of daily lemon water, you will notice that your body sync’s up and you will be experiencing highly regular & satisfying bowel movements in the morning- leaving you feeling fresh, light (haha) and ready for your day.
4. Lemons promote ‘gastric fire’ in Ayurvedic medicine; in Ayurveda (traditional Indian, sanskrit school of thought/way of life), lemons and limes are an important part of daily regimen. Depending on your constitution (lemons for bata & limes for pitta), the citrus fruits are vital in regards to the diet and creating patterns and regulation for your body.
5. Lemons have been reported to have an abundance of anti-cancer properties (antioxidants); not only are lemons high in vitamin C, they also contain a list of antioxidants that have been noted to aid in cancer prevention and cancer treatment (think: high vitamin C therapy for cancer).
6. Lemons + Liver = Lovers; Our livers LOVE lemons. Lemons provide a number of roles in relation to liver support. One of the key roles is that it is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and acts as a dissolvent to uric acid and other toxins that build up in the liver. Our livers tend to house most of the toxins in our body- and lemons help to stimulate the breakdown and release of these. Also (Faris, if you’re reading- i’m sure you’d love to take over in discussing this part), lemons act as a stimulant for the release of bile from the gal bladder- which begins the process of fat-breakdown in the liver (bile liquefier). All in all- lemons and the liver are lovers and lemons are overall fantastic detoxifier’s for your liver.
7. Lemons are anti-aging (antioxidant properties); lemons supply a large number of antioxidants that are great for anti-aging, neutralizing the free radicals that build up in our bodies over time due to toxic overload.
8. Lemons have powerful anti-bacterial properties; anti-aging, anti-bacterial– I hope you are starting to get that lemons are seriously amazing. Due to their acidic nature in general, lemons are helpful in fighting bacteria. More so, studies have found that the juice of lemons destroy the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases.
9. Lemons are a great substitute for your morning ‘rise & shine’ drink; not only because of their powerful citrus flavour & their ‘gastric-fire’ quality, when combined with ginger and/or cayenne, lemon juice is a great substitute for coffee/caffeine. Especially when you make it a regular, daily habit- your body’s ability to adapt to this new pattern will help to regulate all of your body’s systems including your digestive system & your circadian rhythm (sleeping / waking cycle).
10. Lemons are BEAUTIFUL gifts from mother nature. Need I say more?
I hope to have made a convincing discussion today. All in all, the main point is that lemons are incredible for your body, mind and spirit and you can’t do yourself any harm (but will do yourself a LOT OF GOOD)- by introducing lemons into your everyday. So, why not try it out and start your Sunday morning with a delicious, comforting glass of lemon water.
This is how I do it:
1. Grab a glass (if you are in the with the times, you will have a mason jar handy, and if you are a holistic nutritionist- you probably have a 1 litre mason jar- so grab that)
2. Take 1 organic lemon, wash (if need be), cut it in half, and squeeze both halves into the glass/mason jar
3. Fill the glass half way with room temperature water (filtered, if you can) and half way with boiled water
4. Do a few morning stretches, take a seat, put on some beautifully relaxing/morning music
5. If you are feeling really adventurous- juice some fresh ginger and/or turmeric &/or add a sprinkle of cayenne to your water.
6. Repeat, daily.