Ayurveda, the "Science of Life", is full of simple remedies with enormous benefits. One important health habit notable in the Ayurvedic discipline is a basic morning drink that is so highly beneficial, it is known to result in disease prevention, cure and doshic balance (overall well-being). In Ayurvedic science, toxins (known as 'ama') accumulate in the body mainly as a result of undigested or poorly digested food. Most people have some level of ama in their bodies but if ama is not effectively removed it can lead to disease.
Ayurveda says that the affects of drinking warm lemon water in the morning helps to soften ama in the body before it has time to solidify and become a problem. The properties of lemon are incredibly helpful in cleansing. The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and flush out toxins in the digestive system. Lemon is a diuretic and increases the rate of urination. Toxic material or ama is therefore expelled at a faster rate keeping your digestion strong and healthy throughout the day, and preventing further ama from being accumulated.
To serve: Upon waking, add juice of half lemon to a mug. Pour in warm filtered or spring water and mix. The water must not be too hot else the drink will not flush the ama as effectively. To stimulate your Agni, or the digestive fire (metabolism), add in some fresh ginger as well. The warming qualities of the ginger are great if your digestion needs a little boost or if you're feeling a bit sluggish. A teaspoon of honey can be added if desired. Wait at least 15 minutes before having chai or breakfast.
Here are 10 more reasons to start your morning with Lemon Tea:
1.The health benefits of drinking lemon water have been known for centuries in many cultures. 2. Lemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting properties 3. Lemons are a rich source of Vitamin C 4. They are also a source of Potassium which is good for the brain & nerve functions. 5. Lemons are good for balancing your PH. They have an Alkaline affect inside the body. They are acidic on their own, but when consumed they're alkaline. 6. Drinking warm lemon water is great for digestion and assimilation. 7. Lemon water contributes to a flawless complexion. 8. It keeps your lymphatic and adrenal systems healthy. 9. Lemon is one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions resulting in increased energy levels. 10. The scent of lemon is a mood enhancer -- it can make you feel happier, clearer, and more awake. There is also research to suggest that lemon can help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.
Start tomorrow morning with Lemon Tea and consume consistently for two weeks -- you'll then start seeing benefits such as improved digestion, better complexion, increase of energy, and more.
Wishing you the best of health!
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