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Good Times and Best Use of Lemon Tea
For most of us, the morning makes more sense when we sip a hot cup of tea. It revives our body from the state of sleep and refreshes our mood. From a homemaker’s kingdom to boardroom, tea has become a BFF and a permanent fixture. Over the years the common milk tea transformed itself into many avatars like black tea, green tea, flavoured tea, and a combination of flavours with black or green teas thereof. Among the flavoured teas, lemon tea is the fave of tea buffs.
Before the emergence of instant flavoured lemon tea, the culinary queens of every household made this amazing mix by combining right quantity of lime juice with green tea or black tea. Since ancient days, the lemon was an unavoidable ingredient in Indian and North African cuisine due to their abundance of benefits.
Nutrient profile of Lemon
The tangy, bright-yellowish fruit of citrus family is rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants including alpha and B-carotenes, B-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and lutein. They also found to have phytochemicals like hesperetin, naringin, and naringenin. B-complex vitamins of pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, and folates exist in the fruit as well. And you get a healthy supply of minerals such as iron, copper, potassium, and calcium to boot.
Good Times and best uses
Here are some recommendations on when to take lemon tea.
- As the first cup in the morning, lemon tea invigorates the metabolism and keeps you in good spirits.
- Savouring more iced lemon tea will help you combat the summer heat. In winter condition, leaning on a hot cup of lemon tea will make you warm from inside.
- Avoid it along with meals. Have lemon tea between meals, preferably two hours before or after eating to maximise the effects.
- Remember, any kind of tea isn’t a bed time drink.
- Two to three cups a day is the limit.
- Not advisable to pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers
- Do not over use if you have high blood pressure
- Stay away from lemon tea if you’re down with diarrhoea or IBS
- Consult a doctor if you are on any medications; especially ayurvedic or homeopathic ones
Just lemon tea alone will not boost immunity, detoxify or boost weight loss, but a healthy diet, lots of pure water and lemon tea in the mornings will bring huge health benefit.