The origin of the lemon is unknown, though lemons are thought to have first grown in Assam (a region in northeast India), northern Burma or China. A study of the genetic origin of the lemon reported it to be hybrid between bitter orange (sour orange) and citron.
The juice of the lemon is about 5% to 6% citric acid, which gives a sour taste. The distinctive sour taste of lemon juice makes it a key ingredient in drinks and foods such as lemonade and lemon meringue pie.
Drinking a glass of hot water with lemon on an empty stomach has become very popular nowadays. This drink has many health benefits because it improves your digestive functions and eliminates the excess toxins accumulated in your body.
The famous nutrition author, Keri Glassman, who also has this daily habit, says for ABC News Radio: “a single glass of lemon water before breakfast can help you stay hydrated, but may also improve digestion and regulate an overactive appetite.” Moreover, the nutritionist and founder of Food Coach NY Dana James has emphasized the detoxifying and cleansing properties of lemon water due to its bitterness, “which activates the bile flow, which helps emulsify and remove fat soluble toxins.” Therefore, you should start drinking lemon water as soon as possible.
It is also recommended to add some lemon zest to your lemon water. “The lemon skin contains the flavonoid limonin, and that`s where the detox properties come from” says James. So, next time when you prepare your lemon water, try to add at least half a teaspoon of lemon zest in it. In this way you will enjoy all health benefits that this drink possesses.
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