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Medicinal Benefits of Lemon Tea
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Medicinal Benefits of Lemon Tea
Dec 27, 2010 | By Joseph Pritchard
Joseph Pritchard graduated from Our Lady of Fatima Medical School with a medical degree. He has spent almost a
decade studying humanity. Dr. Pritchard writes as a San Francisco biology expert for a prominent website and
thoroughly enjoys sharing the knowledge he has accumulated.
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One of the many ways of enjoying tea is to add the juice of a lemon to the beverage. This not only reduces the
astringency of the tea, but also enhances its flavor and provides several medicinal benefits. To prepare lemon tea,
Ayushveda.com recommends boiling water and letting the tea steep for several minutes before adding lemon slices or
lemon juice. Honey may also be added to taste.
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YogaJournal.com reports that drinking lemon tea strengthens digestion. Hot tea carries beneficial substances
throughout the body, while at the same time encourages the elimination of toxins and waste products. EurekAlert.org
reports that the lemon allows the body to absorb more of the beneficial substances in the tea by keeping these
OnlineFamilyDoctor.com reports that lemon tea relieves headaches and is a remedy for weakness, general debility and
low vitality. Ayushveda.com recommends drinking lemon tea as a way of boosting mood, lifting lethargy and
banishing fatigue. YogaJournal.com states that drinking tea is a good way to clear your mind, sharpen your senses and
calm your emotions.
Tea provides a degree of protection against the development and progression of cardiovascular diseases, according to
an article in the February 2006 issue of "Molecular Nutrition & Food Research." There is evidence that the flavonoids
found in tea reduce lipids, inflammation and the formation of blood clots in arteries, but there the results of clinical
studies in humans have not been consistent. In spite of this, drinking tea is a considered a good way of combating
Enhanced Insulin Activity
Your body requires insulin so that it can convert glucose, or sugar, to energy. Drinking teas that are made from leaves
of Camellia sinensis -- such as black, green or oolong tea -- was found to increase insulin activity, according to an
article in the November 20, 2002, issue of "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry." The article adds that adding
lemon to the tea does not reduce this benefit.
Protection against Skin Cancer
Consuming lemon tea, or any black tea with citrus peel, provides some protection against skin cancer, according to an
article in the August 1, 2001, issue of the journal of "BMC Dermatology." The article reports on a study conducted
among the older population of Arizona, a state that has the highest risk of skin cancer, and also where tea and citrus
products were commonly consumed. Members of the population who did not have skin cancer reported consuming
larger amounts of citrus products and black tea as compared to those who did not
When to Eat and How Often
This might sound strange, but you have to eat more often to lose fat and gain muscle. During my transition period, I never ate
less than 6 meals a day.
• Try to eat every 2 to 3 hours.
• Do not eat complex carbohydrates after 6:00 p.m. or four to five hours before going to bed.
• Try to eat one gram of protein per pound of lean body mass on lifting days and .8 grams of protein per pound of lean body
mass on non-lifting days.
• Never eat more than 70 grams of protein in one meal.
When I think of carbohydrates, I think of energy. Carbohydrates supply our bodies with the energy it needs to make it through a
workout. Without an adequate supply of carbohydrates, the body goes into carbohydrate deprivation. This is called a state of
ketosis (meaning our body is using protein as energy). This is not a good state to be in for long because it will rob the body of
muscle tissue in an effort to create energy. On the other hand, if too many carbohydrates are consumed, they convert into
stored fat. The idea is to consume just enough carbohydrates to make it through our workouts with sufficient energy. I have
broken down carbohydrates into these three categories:
• Simple carbs: These are sugars, or quick energy. They are absorbed very quickly into the body. Ex. Anything with sugar, also
• Complex carbs: This is where you get long-term energy for the day. These are long chained carbohydrates that brake down
slower, giving us energy over a prolonged period of time. Ex. Oatmeal, potatoes, pasta, rice, breads
• Fibrous carbs: These are things like vegetables. I think of them as roughage in order to stay regular. Make sure you include
them in you later meals when you can't eat complex carbs. They are also a good source of vitamins. Ex. Leafy vegetables like
Proteins are the building blocks of our muscles. Without a sufficient amount of protein in our diet, our muscles will not have the
raw materials that they need to build up, or even hang on to what is already there.
Net protein utilization: Not all protein is created equal. Different foods are absorbed more than others. For example, egg white
protein is absorbed at 88%. That means we get about 9 eggs to our muscles. On the other hand, chicken breast are absorbed at
68%, meaning we get about 7 breasts to our muscles. It is imported to eat a wide verity of protein foods though; no one protein
source has all the amino acids we need.
• Whey protein (100%): the best source of whey protein is from protein supplements. It is also absorbed very fast by the body,
so it is best to take this when your body needs amino acids quickly: like right after a workout or when you first get up in the
• Egg whites (88%)
• Fish (78%)
• Chicken breast (78%)
• Soy protein: My one bit of advice would be to try and stay away from soy protein. It is not absorbed very well by the body.
We normally think of fats as being bad. The fact is certain fats are essential to building muscle and carrying out various functions
of the body. There are 2 fat types we need to be concerned about:
• Saturated fats: these are the bad fats. Avoid these fats as much as possible. You will find these types of fats mostly in meats
• Unsaturated fats: these are the good fats. They are a good energy source and help us build muscle. You can find from plant
oils. Peanuts are also a good source.
Do not under estimate the importance of water! If you are looking to get lean, water will be your best friend. Drink as much as
you can and as often as you can. Also, it is very important to drink lots of water when you're eating large amounts of protein to
clean urea from the system.
Vitamins & minerals
As resistance training athletes, we have a greater need for vitamins & minerals. When we workout and bring blood to our
muscles it is important that our blood is full of those essential vitamins & minerals if we want to grow.
Supplements are just that, meaning they are used to supplement your diet, not replace it. Don't ever think of it that way.
Hierarchy of supplements:
I developed this hierarchy of supplements based on what I thought were the most important and also by price.
• 1. Proper diet: Without proper diet you are just wasting money on supplements. Start here! Do not think that supplements are
going to do it for you alone.
• 2. Multi-vitamin & mineral: It is very important to have all your vitamins & minerals when resistance training. Most of us are
lacking in some areas, make it a priority to make this your first supplement.
• 3. Protein powder: It is usually very hard to get all the protein you need from real foods. Powders make it much easier. Also,
these powders are absorbed fast by the body making them ideal after workouts or before and after sleep.
• 4. Creatine: This is great for harder workouts. It also makes you muscles hang on to water, giving them a better environment to
• 5. L-glutamine: This is an important amino acid in muscle recovery
• 6. Branch chained amino acid: These are great before and after workouts along with L-glutamine because it gives your muscles
all the amino acids it needs to repair and grow.
• 7. ZMA: This helps you release more growth hormone while you sleep, increasing your size and strength.
• 8. Thermogenic: These really help in the fat loss process. They also help you hang on to more muscle while dieting due to the
fact you can eat more.
• 9. Meal replacement: Although very expensive, meal replacements make it much more convenient to get some of your meals
in. Also, you can get in more meals than if you were to eat only real foods.
I hope this helps.
A long-term study by the Netherlands National Institute of Public Health and the Environment found a correlation between
regular consumption of black tea and reduced risk of stroke. Researchers looked at data from a study examining the health
benefits of foods that are high in flavonoids - phytonutrients with antioxidant benefits. While some of the flavonoids were
obtained from fruits and vegetables, seventy percent came from black tea. The study looked at 552 men over a 15 year period.
Researchers concluded that the flavonoids in black tea helped reduce the production of LDL - the "bad" cholesterol that can lead
to stroke and heart attacks. Furthermore, men who drank over four cups of black tea per day had a significantly lower risk of
stroke than men who drank only two to three cups per day.