Recently, I found out that a 100g cup of simple tea with milk contains 407 kCal of energy (say, fat) and according to an approximate analysis a normal person burns 1 kCal of energy by walking 20 meters. This means if we calculate, in order to burn the fat of 407 kCal we need to walk 407 X 20 = 8140 m or 8 km which gives me an idea of how much fat I am accumulating just drinking a single cup of tea with milk.
Fortunately when I read about benefits of lemon tea or green tea, it gave me some relief. Lemon tea contains just 10-15 kCal of fat, which means without changing my habit of drinking tea I can still be fit. So, I thought why not tell others about lemon tea. I am not here just to boast about advantages of lemon tea but here I am giving a full review of lemon tea.
What is a Lemon tea?
Warm lemon water in the morning helps to kick start our metabolism for the day, it assists the liver and digestive system, therefore it helps us to control weight, great news – and that is just one benefit of lemon tea.
Lemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers which build immunity and fight infection;
- High Vitamin C
- Citric acid C6H8O7
- Bio flavonoids
- Pectin C6H10O7
How to Make a Lemon tea: Well, everyone have their own recipes but most important thing is the temperature of the fluid because our body have enzymes which works as natural catalyst in a chemical reaction and depends on the temperature, that is the reason why taste of any food or beverage changes with temperature.
- Boil 200 mL water in a jug.
- Place tea leaves inside a tea ball, you can also use green herbs like lemon grass, tulsi leaves, even peppermint leaves.
- Squeeze some fresh lemons. For 200 mL water I personally use 1 ½ lemons.
- Stir well and add 2 teaspoon sugar.
- For good results and healthy digestive system pour 3 tablespoon honey.
- Filter it and Lemon tea is ready to be served (mostly drunk by you cuz you can’t resist).
10 Benefits of drinking lemon tea !
- 1. Hydration – This is I feel the most important benefit – Our body is literally on a fast while we sleep and is in a mild state of dehydration when we wake, lemon water can re-hydrate your body within minutes of drinking it which is why it is so good first thing.
Lemon tea – warm water and lemon juice helps to replace fluids that are continually lost by our body, being dehydrated causes rapid aging and deterioration of the body, we feel exhausted, stressed, can’t think straight, constipated – the list goes on.
We are 70-75% water, it is essential to keep those body fluids up. When we are properly hydrated we are full of energy and feel vibrant.
- Digestive Aid – Lemon juice doesn’t actually flush the body as you may read, but it helps the liver and kidneys to do their cleaning job, it helps produce the acids we need for good digestion. The acids in lemons are of a similar composition to our saliva and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices – the body’s natural digestive acids.
Lemons are also high in minerals and vitamins which help shift toxins in the digestive tract. Lemons turn alkaline when digested by the body and so help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, acid reflux and bloating.
The citric acid in lemons helps to produce enzymes, which aids healthy digestion and stimulates the liver.
* The American Cancer Society says warm lemon water helps cancer sufferers to stimulate bowel movements.
- Lemon is a Natural Diuretic – A natural diuretic, therefore helping the body to release toxins – helps detoxification and keeps the bloating away.
- Clears Skin – With all that flushing and hydrating we are obviously going to improve the look of our skin. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a key to the production of collagen, a protein which aids in the growth of new cells and blood vessels to give skin its firmness and strength. Vitamin C also helps create scar tissue and ligaments; it helps our skin repair itself. The vitamin C contained in the lemon rejuvenates the skin from within our body and gives us a vibrant glow.
- Immune Builder – One of the easiest, cheapest and most effective ways to boost the immune system – high in antioxidants and vitamin C, drinking lemon juice or lemon tea regularly helps to fight of disease and illness. Lemons are also high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function and control blood pressure.
- Balances pH Levels – Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body bringing it back to a balanced state, when we are over acidic we are vulnerable to disease – no disease can survive in an alkaline body. Drinking lemon water regularly can help to remove high acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints – one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation.
- Freshens Breath – Lemons can help clear bacteria in the mouth assisting with the health of our teeth as well as keeping our breath nice and fresh.
- Promotes Healing – If our immune system is strong we obviously heal more quickly and the vitamin C found in abundance in lemons, helps to heal wounds quickly and basically takes care of all the tissue in the body including bones and cartilages. Vitamin C also helps us recovery from stress and anxiety.
- Lifts our Mood – Just the smell of a lemon can clear our mind and so lift our mood. Aroma therapists are encouraged to use lemon essential oil and have it near them while studying to help them stay clear and focused as well as happy.
- Aids in Weight Loss – Last but definitely not least, lemons help us hugely with keeping our blood more alkaline and people with healthy alkaline levels tend to lose weight more easily and faster than those who are high acid, the body is very sluggish and slow when in acid state and so it would be very difficult to lose weight, for us to lose weight we need our system to work well and eliminate properly, lemon is helpful in this way too. So get that lemon tea going and lose those extra pounds!!
10 Side effects of lemon tea !
- Tooth Erosion: Lemon tea can be a silent killer for your teeth enamel, making your teeth susceptible to acute pain and sensitivity to sharp changes in temperature.
- Heart Burn: Excessive consumption of lemon tea can alter the pH level of your stomach and intestine, causing acidic reflux where acid from your stomach moves up to your oesophagus. This can cause a burning sensation in the chest.
- Dehydration: In extreme cases, lemon works as a diuretic. That simply means it triggers dehydration in the body by a frequent urge to urinate. Consuming lemon tea quite frequently can prove dangerous and may cause dehydration in the body.
- Canker Sores: Drinking too much lemon tea can irritate mucous membranes and potentially lead to canker sores. Lemon tea can play havoc in your mouth.
- Unsafe for Pregnant Woman: Pregnant women are advised against the consumption of lemon tea as it contains caffeine. Excessive consumption of lemon tea may trigger miscarriage or other severe side effects.
- Unsafe for Lactating Mothers: Women who are breastfeeding their babies should also steer clear of lemon tea. Yes, it is refreshing – just what an exhausted new mother needs. But the caffeine from the tea gets blended with the breast milk and can harm the poor baby who is dependent on the milk that is their only diet.
- Osteoporosis: Lemon tea silently flushes out large amount of calcium from the body through urine, which can cause osteoporosis in the later stages of life.
- Absorbs Aluminum: When you add lemon in your tea, the aluminum present in the tea gets absorbed in the body, which does not happen if you drink normal tea. This absorbed aluminum can cause toxicity in the body, which can lead to encephalopathy, osteomalacia or a plastic bone disease, proximal myopathy, increased risk of infection, increased left ventricular mass and decreased myocardial function, and microcytic anaemia with very high levels and even sudden death.
- Alzheimer’s: Studies have linked the intake of lemon tea with the chances of having Alzheimer’s disease in later stages of life. Regular intake of lemon tea can cause accumulation of plaque in the brain, which has been linked to the onset of Alzheimer’s.
- Stomach Problems: In some people, regular intake of lemon tea can cause stomach ache, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, and even ulcer.
All these side effects of lemon tea are serious, but they do not mean that you refrain yourself totally from your daily source of relaxation. All you need to do is be moderate. Don’t drink more than one cup a day and if possible, avoid having it first thing in the morning when your stomach is empty.
Some of the types of Herbal teas:
It is prepared from the lemongrass plant, and it is used in cooking as well. Due to the presence of a component called citric acid, it helps to digest our food therefore it is often served after dinner. Teas like Lemon Zinger are prepared through the blending of it.
Green tea is called the “wonder herb” because it has various health benefits. The presence of potent antioxidants called polyphenols helps to reduce free radicals. It reduces the chances of cancer and prohibits the formation of tumours too. It is really beneficial to our health because it lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It strengthens our immune system and helps fight against tooth decay and different viruses and also lowers blood pressure.
Ginger increases our energy and also acts as a stimulator. It helps to digest our food and to control problems like nausea. The presence of anti-inflammatory properties makes it really helpful to Arthritic patients.
Chamomile tea aids to reduce our stress and helps to digest food. Chamomile is one of the best known popular herbs which are used all over the world. It secures peaceful sleep and reduces the problems of insomnia. People who are allergic to chamomile should abstain from drinking this tea.
Rose hip Tea:
Rose hip Tea is a rich source of vitamin C, and it is the fruit of the rose plant. It is beneficial to our tissue health, adrenal function and skin and also helps to strengthen our immune system.
The dried purple, white and pink coloured flowers are used to prepare Lavender Tea. It is a medicinal herbal tea which is used as a scented herb worldwide. It helps us in many ways. It helps to reduce respiratory issues, cough, asthma, bronchitis and body temperature and is used for treating fever. It helps to heal ulcers, sores, cuts and wounds.
Lemon Balm Tea:
It is really beneficial to our health and effective to reduce stress and calm nerves. It also helps to control thyroid problems and lowers insomnia and anxiety. It increases the capacity of our memory and refreshes our mood. It lowers the problems of stomach, digestive system and flatulence.
Hibiscus Flower Tea:
Hibiscus flower Tea is made from dried hibiscus flowers. It helps to reduce hypertension, cholesterol and blood pressure. The presence of anti-oxidants in hibiscus tea gives us protection against cell damaging free radicals. Hibiscus is also used in Zinger Tea and Sorrel Tea.
Dandelion Tea is made from the plant’s leaves and flowers. It contains immense vitamins and minerals. It lowers fluid retention and provides soothing pleasure to pain and swelling caused by arthritis. It improves our digestive system and liver function.
Peach and berry flavoured teas are made of the leaves, flowers and berries of the hawthorn plant. It enhances blood circulation and helps to improve cardiovascular health. It reduces stress and improves the process of drainage of excess salt from our body.
It has many health benefits, and it is really easy to prepare. It is extremely beneficial for weight loss. It enhances our bodily strength to fight against viruses and also helps to control blood sugar. Cinnamon Tea becomes even more effective when it is blended with honey.