Daily morning lemon flush is the latest catch phrase for us this Nutritious November. Why? Read on to know some magnificent benefits of lemons. Hopefully by the end of it, we would have convinced you to add it to your diet.
Detox and boost your immune system
Drinking a warm glass of lemon water in the morning helps you flush out toxins from your body and reactivate your digestive system. With its rich nutritional content and anti-bacterial properties, lemon water can keep some seasonal illnesses at bay and strengthen your immune system, preparing it for colder temperatures. To awaken your body and keep it healthy, squeeze half a lemon in to a big glass of warm water and drink every morning. One glass of lemon water a day may keep the doctor away. So, let’s try it!
Keeping hydrated is crucial for a number of reasons. Most importantly, it helps keep the balance of your body fluids, which are about 60% of what our body is made of. Why keeping this balance? Among others, body fluids regulate circulation, digestion, transportation of nutrients and more, all functions essential to your wellbeing.
As some people find drinking plain water a bit boring, instead of going for unhealthy sugared beverages, just add some lemon to your water, give a fresh taste to it and...drink more!
Treat your liver
We all know how living in China as an expat might guide us to unhealthy habits that have an impact on our liver’s wellbeing – among others we’re thinking about the various hard-
to-resist happy hours and some of those greasy Chinese delicacies. Careful! Because the liver is affected by everything we ingest, for its wellbeing we should always be conscious about what we eat. As liver is believed to make more enzymes out of fresh lemon juice than any other food, to give it a real treat just implement lemon water into your daily routine and boost your organ’s efficiency.
Let your skin and hair glow!
With its high content of Vitamin C, lemon juice can help bring back that glow to your skin after a tiring and highly polluted day. Simply squeeze a lemon and apply its juice on to your skin with your fingertips or a cotton ball before going to sleep. Rinse the following morning. Again with its rich citric acid content, lemon can help your hair find a new shine in this gray and polluted Shanghai winter. To give your hair a “cleanse” simply massage it with lemon water in the shower. Let it sit a couple of minutes, rinse and proceed washing as usual.
Bonus Info: So... what about French kiss?
Well, this is just a cultural curiosity! In Italy “limonare” (literally translated, “lemoning”) means French kiss. Though the origin of this verb is a bit obscure and there’s currently no agreement on the matter, at Shanghaihabits we like to think that long time back, in Italy, two healthy lovers were drinking their morning lemon flush and, feeling much awaken, they gave each other a passionate kiss, giving birth to that activity called “lemoning”.