Lemon, honey, vinegar and cayenne form a classic, vivacious Ayurvedic blend to boost fat digestion and metabolism. Vinegar and lemon impart a strong sour taste, encouraging the free flow of bile from your liver and gall bladder to your gut. After drinking Lemon & Spice tea, a warm sensation about the midriff will confirm these effects.
Bile & Fat Reduction
Bile is nature's fat digester. Its presence in your gut helps digest high-fat foods. When these foods linger in the stomach and small intestine a person feels heavy and sluggish. Drinking Lemon & Spice tea restores energy and vitality by helping the body digest these foods.
Since bile is oily, its production pulls fat out of your bloodstream. When you don't eat enough green vegetables, bile tends to build up and thicken in the liver and gall bladder, forming gallstones. Lemon & Spice Weight Loss Tea cleanses the liver and gall bladder by flushing the bile from them. Since bile also contains toxins, Lemon & Spice aids detoxification of the blood.
A heavy, late night meal will (more often than not) sit in your digestive tract throughout the night, stagnant and undigested, till the next morning. When this happens you may wake up to find your stomach feels like a throbbing brick weighing you down, making you feel tired and groggy. This is actually not far from the truth. Lemon & Spice Tea re-awakens your stomach and directly counteracts food coma and groggy mornings
Stimulating vinegar and spicy cayenne add an intense metabolic spark that improves energy and enthusiasm. Together with warm water, they strongly stimulate digestion and clear mucus accumulations from the stomach. This has the effect of improving circulation and revving up metabolism, effectively clearing Kapha from the blood as well. Honey is the only approved sweetener for weight loss. The secret behind honey lies in pre-digestion by bees, making honey the only 'warming' sweetener that actually improves metabolism. It's diuretic nature reduces water weight as well.
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Truth is. . .yes. Ayurveda recommends teas and broths instead of straight water. Water is cooling and feels heavy for many Kapha people.
I am Pitta / Vata, with imbalanced Vata,why is honey is not recommended? Thank you!
- Dena Kaigel, Atascadero, CA, 02-06-11
Honey heats up metabolism, which aggravates Pitta. It is also a drying diuretic, making it mildly unsuitable for Vata.
Does it matter if I use lemon or lime juice?
I made this with rice vinegar and it was good. Very soothing after a too-heavy meal. - Diane Anderson, NH, 1-2-13
There is very little difference between lemon and lime juice in this recipe. On it's own, lemon is slightly more irritating to a sensitive digestive tract.
What does a slash across P mean? If I am a Pitta how do I adjust this recipe.
- Fiona Pereira, Mississauga, ON, 01-02-13
A slash means this recipe is contra-indicated for high Pitta - as with most recipes that increase metabolism. If Pitta and Kapha are aggravated, it is best to stick with bitter greens to boost fat metabolism. Great question.
We have been drinking this using only lemon, as well as in combination with ACV -- it certainly makes a difference!
As a student to Ayurvedic medicine i know honey should not be heated since it becomes poison while heated.
- hila, Tel aviv, 01-03-13
Dear Hila, Honey may be heated, but Ayurveda recommends against cooking it. The maximum temperature is somewhat vague in the ancient texts. Curiously, Chinese medicine recommends cooking honey in a number of herb formulas. So this is a gray area. -John
Hi John, I have used this tea before, only maple syrup instead of honey. I thought Ayurvedic theory says honey goes sour or bad when it gets warm? And why not maple syrup? Thanks so much! Mary
what replacement would you recommend for honey if you are Vata deranged?
- Susan Schmitt, MD, 01-03-13
Dear Susan, Trying to lose weight aggravates Vata and reduces Kapha. If your Vata is aggravated in the mind only, honey remains a great choice. Maple syrup aggravates Kapha and provokes weight gain.
I have been drinking a similar tea every day with fresh ginger root instead of vinegar. What is the benefit of the vinegar and should I replace the ginger with it or add it to my current recipe? Is it safe to drink this tea daily, especially in the fall and winter? Thanks!
- Monica Annicks, Estes park, CO, 01-04-13
Vinegar is a key ingredient of this recipe - unlike ginger, vinegar stimulates and cleanses the liver and gall bladder, releasing bile. Ginger stimulates metabolism and the heart, but does not directly address fat metabolism. Most people can drink this tea daily, but it does depend on constitution. Thanks for asking!
Could you recommend something for my dependency on strong coffee to substitute?
Can I also use pippali (piper longum) instead of cayenne pepper? Thanks for answering!
Yes, you can use piper longum. Try this substitute for coffee
Can I use ginger and the apple cider vinegar?
Yes, you can use ginger and apple cider vinegar.
I made the lime-ginger salt mixture to put on my food. I put it in a baby food jar on the counter? How long does it last and what is the best way to store fresh ginger?
If your gallbladder is removed is it ok to flush bile? I know that sounds crazy but I do have severe pain where gallbladder was. A stabbing feeling but the doctors say there is nothing there...
Perhaps stones in the biliary ducts? Whether or not to flush bile after gall bladder removal depends on the person. Some people are bile deficient, others bile excess after gall bladder removal. Constipation is often a sign of insufficiency, soft stools may indicate excess.
May I substitute german rock sugar for honey?
- Sequieta Whitfield, CA, 03-09-13
Rock sugar is essentially refined sugar - it will increase weight gain instead of helping with weight loss. Thanks for asking. -John
Through doing tests I come out as Pitta ... my question is I love drinking warm water with lemon in it and havent noticed any problems with anything should I continue.I also have porridge oats with honey and almonds for breakfast which I have seen as not suitable for Pitta on some pages.Could I be a different type.Thanks for any help
So warming! Love it.
I am tri-dosha and have SUCH a hard time figuring out what to eat and drink... or not! I love all of the ideas in every newsletter, but have no idea how to approach any of it. It ALL seems beneficial to my combination type! Thanks so much.
- Elisha, Colorado springs, CO, 01-02-14
Is raw honey better to use than regular?
- Velma Bisiriyu, MD, 01-02-14
Raw honey is usually more pure and has a great taste.
- David McKaig, Asheville, NC, 01-08-14
Can I use cumin instead of the Cayenne? I also enjoy warm water with lemon, coriander and Cinnamon is this just as beneficial for flushing out your system as the above tea?
- Desiree, PA, 01-25-14
Sure.....substitute cumin with cayenne. Feel free to experiment and let us know if you develop something tasty!
- David McKaig, Asheville, NC, 01-28-14
I would like to say here that honey is great, actually an
Anti infective, but when mixed with hot water it becomes an infective. This is why manufactured American honey is not fit to consume.
I personally have problems using raw honey....it drops my blood sugar so low that I only want to sleep all the time.... I read the comment about maple syrup..will give it a try.
- Stephanie, 07-19-14