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Mythbusting | Warm Water & Lemon

Warm water and lemon

So I’m sure all of you have, at some stage, heard of the wonders of drinking hot water and lemon in the morning. In the age of Facebook, the popularity of such fads increases exponentially, so that it soon becomes, or at least appears to be, sound scientific fact. Further endorsements by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Claudia Schiffer, go a long way to giving it some extra clout.  So with that in mind, this little guinea pig decided to give this fad a go for the month of February and see if there was anything behind it all. So what benefits did I have to look forward to?

  1. Improved Digestion: This is based on the idea that the citric acid in lemon juice contributes to supporting an optimal acidic environment in the stomach. In addition, lemons are high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen toxins in the digestive tract.
  2. Clear Skin: The vitamin C contained within lemon helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Furthermore, because of its antiseptic qualities, it helps the skin purify itself from the inside out.
  3. Improved immune system. Due to the anti-bacterial and high vitamin C content of lemons, it helps build up your immune system and fight off colds and illness.
  4. Energising and mood enhancing. By not drinking caffeine-rich drinks such as tea or coffee in the morning which cause energy levels to crash mid-morning , warm water and lemon should help you feel energised and awake. This is facilitated further by the alleged mood-enhancing effects of lemon scent.
  5. Aids weight loss. Because of the pectin fibres contained in lemons, food cravings are said to be reduced.

So what was the result? Ehhhh, not quite sure. There were no tangible differences to the ‘aul digestion, perhaps a few extra toilet visits each day, which proponents would put down to the diuretic qualities of lemon. A bit tedious maybe, but just think of all those toxins flushing down the toilet! In terms of weight loss and clear skin – oh, how we laughed! The amount of vitamin C contained in your morning cuppa is by far too low to have any tangible impact. A lemon isn’t even the favourite child of the Vitamin C family – peaches, kiwis and blackcurrants all have more! And what about the mood enhancing? Well, nothing says “happy days” more than a mug of hot water compared to a frothy caffé latte, now does it. But hey, at least there was no mid-morning slump.

At this stage you’re probably thinking, well no more lemons for cynical Cindy here. And you’d be wrong. Apparently, it takes about 21 days to form a new habit, so this new habit has been formed and I’m in it for the long haul. Hey who knows, maybe I have the cleanest digestive tract in the northern hemisphere!

 

 

 

 

FOOD NEWS HEALTH

Matcha Do About Nothing?

Matcha Latte

There has been a lot of buzz about Matcha tea in the last year or so. In case you haven’t heard, Matcha is a variety of high-quality and, dare I say, bloody pricey, green tea, used originally in tea ceremonies by Zen Buddhist monks who valued its health-giving attributes. It has been around since the 12th century, which is why you probably won’t have seen it on Dragon’s Den at any time. However, Celebland and the West in general, in its desperate quest to find the next superfood, has latched on to it like it’s the best thing since the selfie stick!

So what’s so great about the green stuff?

  • It’s full of antioxidants including the all-powerful EGCg (sure wouldn’t you know that would be involved). In the Premier League of antioxidants, let’s just say Matcha is dead cert for winning the cup, and spinach is facing relegation. That’s how good this stuff is!
  • It boosts metabolism and burns calories (burn calories, you say!)
  • Calms the mind and aids concentration
  • It’s rich in fibre (ahem, say no more!)
  • Lowers cholesterol

So what does it taste like?

Eh, green tea obvs! But if, like me, you can’t stand the taste of green tea, all is not lost. Mix a spoonful in with your favourite smoothie, or into a glass of apple juice, and it is very tasty indeed. There are a number of online retailers selling Matcha powder, or you can purchase it from the organic supermarket group. If you’re out and about, you can get it as a Latte instead of your normal coffee fix from the numerous independent cafés around the country. But be warned, the taste does vary somewhat depending on the type of milk used e.g. almond or coconut. So if you don’t like it the first time, give it a go somewhere else. Your wellbeing will thank you for it!

Here are my top three places in Dublin city to fill your Matcha Latte prescription:

1. Kaph, 31 Drury Street, Dublin 2
2. Cracked Nut, 71 Camden Street, Dublin 2
3. Oolong Flower Power, 4 Stephens Street Lower, Dublin 2