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Lemon Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Recipes with Lemon: Potatoes with Lemon & Thyme
Recipes with Lemon: Potatoes with Lemon & Thyme

Stimulating & Juicy

Lemons have a strong sour flavor, a vivid zing that puckers the lips. The potent lemon flavor has an equally strong effect on the body. Consuming the juice encourages saliva in your mouth which makes your mouth watery. It also encourages secretions in stomach and digestive tract organs, improving taste and digestion while freshening the breath. Lemon Juice softens stools as well, aiding regular elimination. The juice in hot water is a mild morning laxative choice for many, helping to keep your gut clean. Lemons nourish deficient blood plasma and help rebuild fluids.

Lemon & Cleansing

The fresh scent of lemon evokes the very icon of cleanliness and purity. The sour taste of lemon increases the flow of bile, flushing the liver and gall bladder. Since bile stores many blood born toxins, lemons also detoxify the blood. Flushing bile also helps to prevent gallstones, and improves fat metabolism. Every drink lemonade in the summer? Lemons have a cooling effect on the skin because they help you sweat. Sweat facilitates the elimination of toxins through the skin.

Lemon & the Lungs

The fruit has an effect on other body systems as well. Lemons promote fluid secretions in the lungs and blood plasma. The thick, muzzy mucus buildup of a spring Kapha imbalance can be broken up by consuming lemon juice. The juice aids in liquefying and expectorating the dense mucus. Dry and dehydrated Vata conditions, like Dry Stomach Syndrome, exacerbated by the crisp autumn months, are also aided by the fluid-giving nature of lemons. You may also turn to the sour fruit for cold and flu relief - lemons are loaded with vitamin C.

A Panacea?

Lemon juice is in fact an excellent remedy to have around for many complaints. For instance, lemon juice may be applied to sores to help the healing process, and relieve itching from bug bites. It may be used as a antibacterial gargle for sore throats. Lemons reduce acidity in the stomach. They reduce bleeding of the gums and internal mucus membranes, and reduce output of urinary calcium which helps to prevent kidney stones. They also reduce uric acid. Where limes soothe the lining of your digestive tract, lemons can aggravate Pitta when the digestive tract is already inflamed.
Recipes with Lemon: Broccoli with Garlic & Black Olive
Recipes with Lemon: Broccoli with Garlic & Black Olive

About Lemon

The origin of lemons are a mystery. Do they come from southern india? burma? or china? Speculation abounds. Genetic study reveals lemons are a hybrid of a sour orange and a citron.

Cooking Lemon

Many food cultures, such as Moroccan cuisine, are in love with the sour juice and zingy zest, so in love that an excellent meal will include several lemons no matter the season. Lemons bring the sun-kissed brightness that is an indescribable factor, transforming a meal from blah to beautiful. California cuisine, a popular way of preparing fresh and seasonal food simply, relies heavily on good olive oil, quality sea salt, fresh herbs, and of course, lots of lemon juice, to great acclaim.

Lemons may be eaten raw by the brave, squeezed into drinks to lighten up sweet juices, as a finishing touch in a bean dish, or in fish and tofu marinades. Many would not consider a cup of tea proper without a wedge of lemon. The juice is favored in salad dressing and the essence of the American favorite, lemonade. Lemon zest appears in unlikely places, like in apple pie filling, or in more likely preparations, adding a lightness to aioli. Lemon tenderizes meat by breaking collagen fibers. Salty and sour preserved lemons are popular in Moroccan cuisine, elevating stew dishes from heavy into heavenly.

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Is Lemon Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.
SERVING SIZE: 1/4 whole
SPECIES: Citrus lemon
FAMILY: Rutaceae

Biocharacteristics of Lemon

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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LIQUEFIED

ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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SOUR

ABOUT SOUR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sour refers to anything fermented or acidic.

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ASTRINGENT

ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Moves Energy:
Outward

OUTWARD

Outward-moving substances stimulate circulation, push heat towards the skin, or are stimulating.

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Tissue (dhatu):
Red Blood

RED-BLOOD

Red blood (Rakta Dhatu) includes red blood cells and blood vessels.

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Affinity: Bowel Poop Elimination,
Skin Care

SKIN-CARE

Includes skin care, and anything that nourishes epithelial membranes (of digestive, respiratory, urinary tract, blood vessels, etc).

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Family: Rutaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Lemon
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Quenches Thirst

QUENCHES-THIRST

An herb or substance that relieves thirst.

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Sialogogue

STRONG SIALOGOGUE

A sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a lesser degree. Astringents.

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Appetizer

APPETIZER

Herbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.

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Carminative

CARMINATIVE

Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.

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Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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General Laxative

GENERAL-LAXATIVE

Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives.

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Stool Softener

STOOL-SOFTENER

Softens hard and difficult to eliminate stool. Stool softeners are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Examples include warm milk with ghee.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Relaxes Eyes

RELAXES-EYES

Eases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.

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Wakes You Up

WAKES-YOU-UP

Invigorates the body and nervous system, increases energy.

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Improves Focus

IMPROVES-FOCUS

Reduces scattered thoughts. Creates a steady mind. Includes herbs that relax (for Vata) and herbs that stimulate (for Kapha).

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Refreshing

REFRESHING

Stimulates and wakes up the body, leaving it feeling cool, fresh, and energized.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Refreshes Skin

REFRESHES-SKIN

Flushes the lymphatic system to cool, awaken, and revive the skin.

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Emollient

EMOLLIENT

Soothes & softens the skin. Often a topical demulcent or oil.

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Vulnerary

VULNERARY

An herb used for the treatment of wounds (antiulcer, connective tissue tonic).

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Antitussive

ANTITUSSIVE

Cough suppressant, particularly for dry coughs or a tickle in your throat.

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Decongestant

DECONGESTANT

An herb that reduces mucus production often by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.

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Expectorant

EXPECTORANT

Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.

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Antimicrobial

ANTIMICROBIAL

An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.

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Flushes Membranes

FLUSHES-MEMBRANES

Herbs in this category stimulate mucus membranes to release fluids, flushing them out.

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Calms Heart

CALMS-HEART

An herb that literally calms the heart. These herbs are helpful in the treatment of anxiety, sadness, depression, or other emotional imbalances in the heart. Related to the Chinese Herbal Category 'calms spirit.'

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Alterative

ALTERATIVE

Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.

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Refrigerant

REFRIGERANT

An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.

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Cholagogue

STRONG CHOLAGOGUE

Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.

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Constituents:
Rutin

STRONG RUTIN

Rutin is a flavonoid with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Commonly used to treat conditions such as varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and high blood pressure.

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Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

Blocks estrogen synthesis by inhibiting conversion of progesterone and testosterone into estrogen.

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Flavonoids

FLAVONOIDS

Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.

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Polyphenols

POLYPHENOLS

Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants seen in many fruits and vegetables. There are more than 8,000 types.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Lemon

Lime

Lime has these Actions in Common

Sialogogue, Alterative, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Improves-focus, Refreshing, Stool-softener, Appetizer, Digestive, Flushes-membranes, Internal-detoxicant, Refrigerant, Wakes-you-up, Cholagogue, Emollient, General-laxative, Quenches-thirst

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, Expectorant, Wakes-you-up, Antimicrobial, Diaphoretic, Flushes-membranes, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Red Wine Vinegar

Red Wine Vinegar has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Emollient, General-laxative, Sialogogue, Cholagogue, Expectorant, Improves-focus, Diaphoretic, Flushes-membranes, Internal-detoxicant

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Flushes-membranes, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative, Emollient, General-laxative, Sialogogue, Cholagogue, Expectorant, Improves-focus

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White Vinegar

White Vinegar has these Actions in Common

Emollient, General-laxative, Sialogogue, Cholagogue, Expectorant, Improves-focus, Diaphoretic, Flushes-membranes, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Flushes-membranes, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Decongestant, Expectorant, Wakes-you-up, Antimicrobial

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Strawberries

Strawberries has these Actions in Common

Wakes-you-up, Alterative, Improves-focus, Relaxes-eyes, Digestive, Quenches-thirst, Sialogogue, General-laxative, Refreshing

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Acai

Acai has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Quenches-thirst, Relaxes-eyes, General-laxative, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up, Alterative, Improves-focus, Refrigerant

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Wakes-you-up, Antimicrobial, Diaphoretic, Flushes-membranes, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Decongestant, Expectorant

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Salt (Mineral Salt)

Salt (Mineral Salt) has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Flushes-membranes, Sialogogue, Cholagogue, General-laxative, Stool-softener, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Lemon

Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Improves-focus, Wakes-you-up, Internal-detoxicant, Quenches-thirst, Refreshing, Alterative, Refrigerant, Carminative, Relaxes-eyes, Digestive, Sialogogue, General-laxative, Stool-softener

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Haritaki

Haritaki has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Expectorant, Flushes-membranes, General-laxative, Alterative, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Sialogogue, Appetizer, Stool-softener, Carminative, Vulnerary

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Triphala

Triphala has these Actions in Common

General-laxative, Improves-focus, Internal-detoxicant, Sialogogue, Stool-softener, Alterative, Vulnerary, Digestive, Flushes-membranes

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Goldenseal

Goldenseal has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Cholagogue, Decongestant, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Refrigerant, Alterative, Vulnerary

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Kushta

Kushta has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Digestive, Expectorant, Internal-detoxicant, Vulnerary, Antimicrobial, Appetizer, Carminative

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Hyssop Powder

Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Improves-focus, Internal-detoxicant, Refreshing, Vulnerary, Antimicrobial, Carminative, Diaphoretic

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Echinacea

Echinacea has these Actions in Common

Refrigerant, Vulnerary, Alterative, Antimicrobial, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam

Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Expectorant, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Stool-softener, Alterative, Antitussive, Carminative

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Breathing Exercises

Breathing Exercises has these Actions in Common

General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up, Alterative, Decongestant, Digestive, Expectorant

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Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz

Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Internal-detoxicant, Vulnerary, Antimicrobial, Appetizer, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Digestive

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Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)

Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up, Alterative, Decongestant, Digestive

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Impact of Lemon

In each clinical research trial below, students from the Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda ate the selected food for 3 days and reported the pharmacological effects. See other clinical research trials for diet & herbs at Joyful Belly.

TEMPERATURE/CIRCULATION

How did Lemon affect your temperature?

0
3
12
16
1
Much colderSlightly colderSameSlightly warmerMuch warmer
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your ear temperature?

7
22
3
HotterNo ChangeCooler
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your sweat quantity?

0
2
24
5
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the color of your skin?

0
3
7
0
22
Yellower/GreenerPalerRedderGrayerNo Change
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the color of your tongue body?

3
10
0
19
PalerRedderBluerNo Change
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the swelling of your tongue body?

1
5
26
More SwellingLess SwellingNo Change
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your appetite/hunger?

0
8
9
13
2
Much less hungrySlightly less hungrySameSlightly hungrierMuch hungrier
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your digestion speed?

0
19
12
1
0
Much fasterSlightly fasterSameSlightly slowerMuch slower
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

TOXINS

How did Lemon affect the amount of gas & bloating?

1
11
17
3
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your stool smell?

0
0
29
3
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the thickness & size of your tongue coating?

1
15
15
1
0
Much smallerSlightly lessSameSlightly larger coatingMuch larger
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the color of your tongue coating?

1
2
2
3
24
YellowerBrownerGrayerWhiterNo Change
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your throat soreness?

5
22
5
More soreNo ChangeLess sore
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your urine smell?

0
3
27
2
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the amount of bubbles in your urine?

1
2
26
3
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMany more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your sweat smell?

0
2
29
1
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your acne?

0
28
4
More acneNo ChangeLess acne
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your freckles/moles?

0
32
0
DarkerNo ChangeLighter
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the color of your sclera (white part of eye)?

0
0
0
0
3
Redder/BloodshotYellowerGrayerBrownerWhiter
29
No Change
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the color of the lower eye lid?

0
0
31
1
More green/dark greenMore purpleNo ChangeLess green/purple
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

HYDRATION

How did Lemon affect your urine frequency/quantity?

1
5
17
8
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the dryness of your skin?

3
5
24
DrierOilierNo Change
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the puffiness of lower eye lid?

1
27
4
PuffierNo ChangeLess Puffy
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the cracks on your tongue?

0
4
20
8
0
Larger/longer/more cracksSlightly moreSameSlightly less/smaller/shorterMuch less
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

FLUID-THICKNESS

How did Lemon affect your ear pressure?

2
25
5
More pressureNo ChangeLess pressure
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your congestion?

2
14
16
More congestionNo ChangeLess congestion
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the thickness of your mucous congestion?

2
14
16
More thickNo ChangeLess thick
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

NERVOUS-SYSTEM

How did Lemon affect your energy levels?

0
1
12
17
2
Much less energySlightly lessSameSlightly more energyMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your muscle tension?

1
6
24
1
0
Much less tensionSlightly lessSameSlightly more tensionMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your anxiety?

1
7
21
3
0
Much less anxietySlightly lessSameSlightly more anxietyMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the stillness of your tongue?

3
26
3
More stillNo ChangeMore Trembling / Jittery
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

DIGESTION

How did Lemon affect the amount of gas & bloating?

1
11
17
3
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your appetite/hunger?

0
8
9
13
2
Much less hungrySlightly less hungrySameSlightly hungrierMuch hungrier
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect burning sensations in digestive tract (do not include acid reflux)?

0
4
22
4
2
Much reliefSlight reliefSameSlightly more burningMuch more burning
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your digestion speed?

0
19
12
1
0
Much fasterSlightly fasterSameSlightly slowerMuch slower
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

TONGUE

How did Lemon affect the stillness of your tongue?

3
26
3
More stillNo ChangeMore Trembling / Jittery
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the thickness & size of your tongue coating?

1
15
15
1
0
Much smallerSlightly lessSameSlightly larger coatingMuch larger
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the cracks on your tongue?

0
4
20
8
0
Larger/longer/more cracksSlightly moreSameSlightly less/smaller/shorterMuch less
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the color of your tongue body?

3
10
0
19
PalerRedderBluerNo Change
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the color of your tongue coating?

1
2
2
3
24
YellowerBrownerGrayerWhiterNo Change
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the swelling of your tongue body?

1
5
26
More SwellingLess SwellingNo Change
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

STOOL

How did Lemon affect your stool smell?

0
0
29
3
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your stool consistency?

1
13
13
5
0
Much softerSlightly softerSameSlightly harderMuch harder
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your stool frequency/quantity?

0
4
19
9
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your stool color?

1
1
0
1
29
More yellowMore grayMore greenMore orangeSame
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your stool lightness?

0
5
24
3
0
Much lighterSlightly lighterSameSlightly darkerMuch darker
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

URINE

How did Lemon affect your urine smell?

0
3
27
2
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your urine lightness?

0
10
21
1
0
Much lighterSlightly lighterSameSlightly DarkerMuch Darker
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your urine frequency/quantity?

1
5
17
8
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the amount of bubbles in your urine?

1
2
26
3
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMany more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your urine clarity?

2
23
7
More cloudySameMore clear
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

SWEAT

How did Lemon affect your sweat smell?

0
2
29
1
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your sweat quantity?

0
2
24
5
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

SKIN

How did Lemon affect the dryness of your skin?

3
5
24
DrierOilierNo Change
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the color of your skin?

0
3
7
0
22
Yellower/GreenerPalerRedderGrayerNo Change
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your freckles/moles?

0
32
0
DarkerNo ChangeLighter
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your acne?

0
28
4
More acneNo ChangeLess acne
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

EYE

How did Lemon affect the color of the lower eye lid?

0
0
31
1
More green/dark greenMore purpleNo ChangeLess green/purple
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the puffiness of lower eye lid?

1
27
4
PuffierNo ChangeLess Puffy
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the color of your sclera (white part of eye)?

0
0
0
0
3
Redder/BloodshotYellowerGrayerBrownerWhiter
29
No Change
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

ENT

How did Lemon affect your congestion?

2
14
16
More congestionNo ChangeLess congestion
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your ear pressure?

2
25
5
More pressureNo ChangeLess pressure
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your throat soreness?

5
22
5
More soreNo ChangeLess sore
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect the thickness of your mucous congestion?

2
14
16
More thickNo ChangeLess thick
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your ear temperature?

7
22
3
HotterNo ChangeCooler
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

SYSTEMIC

How did Lemon affect your anxiety?

1
7
21
3
0
Much less anxietySlightly lessSameSlightly more anxietyMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your temperature?

0
3
12
16
1
Much colderSlightly colderSameSlightly warmerMuch warmer
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your energy levels?

0
1
12
17
2
Much less energySlightly lessSameSlightly more energyMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your muscle tension?

1
6
24
1
0
Much less tensionSlightly lessSameSlightly more tensionMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

HEART

How did Lemon affect your heart pain/pressure/cramping?

0
0
32
0
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your heart rate?

0
4
25
3
0
Much slowerSlightly slowerSameSlightly fasterMuch faster
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)

How did Lemon affect your heart rhythm?

0
28
4
More palpitationsSameLess palpitations
Total Responses: 32 Study ID:138 (2022-04-30 - 2023-06-20)


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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Lemon may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.

HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?

Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.

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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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Why is lemon and cucumber an incompatible combination? I see some recipes that call for lemon and cucumber (as in the tea) but read very often on Ayurvedic websites that these two ingredients do not combine well. Why is that?
- andrea nicole, Montebello, CA , 11-09-12 (Reply)
Does lime has the same proprieties and effects as lemon?
- Dahlia, Donnelly, MN , 12-30-20 (Reply)
Hi Dahlia, while both lemon and lime are sour in taste there's some important differences between them. You can see the qualities of lime here: https://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/ingredient/Lime/40
- Katie Clinton, Ferndale, sligo, AL
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