morning Dr. Ketch. Please I want to find out about lemon in water or tea.
Kindly assist me with the appropriate information. Is lemon good for a woman
trying to conceive? Is lemon good for a woman who is slim but wants to burn
belly fat? Is lemon good for pregnant woman? And does lemon in water or tea
stop a woman’s period? Thank you as I await your response.
A: Hallos! Thanks for writing in. This lemon water question! I’ve
heard it asked in so many different ways. For full disclosure, I love lemon tea
(a few drops of lemon in hot water and honey) and lemon slices in my water. I don’t
drink these to lose weight, cleanse my system or any of those reasons why
people do this. I just love the taste of lemon, plain and simple!
I have unpacked this question into four key questions with answers
Q1: Is lemon good for a woman trying to conceive?
prepare for pregnancy, some lifestyle habits can help:
- Healthy choices in terms of diet
(practice portion control, eat lots of fruits and veggies etc), keeping a
healthy weight (try and stay within your BMI)
- Exercise most days a week for at
least 30 minutes,
- Manage your stress etc
- Folic acid supplements are also
great as they help protect baby from defects in their neural tubes (spinal
- Having sexual intercourse closer
to the time of ovulation may be helpful in increasing chances of pregnancy.
Does this also increase the chances of having a baby boy or girl? Despite
‘claims’ that male chromosomes swim faster, there’s no guarantee that having
sexual intercourse on any particular day, ovulation or otherwise, increases the
chance of pregnancy with either sex. This matter is solely in God’s domain
except sex selection is done as can happen for some IVF patients.
- Stay off alcohol and smoking
would observe that I have not asked you to stay off lemons 😀 This is
because it does not affect your chances of pregnancy.
Q2: Is lemon good for a woman who is slim but want to burn
I’ve been getting a lot of questions on pot bellies, big tummies after child
birth or just big tummies…after nothing, full stop:D So, I’ll reproduce part of
a post I’d written on this subject (the trio of diet, exercise and stress).
Remember that you can always visit my bloghttp://www.chatwithdrketch.com and
type in any subject you want to know about in the search box. You will be
presented with all my posts on that subject. There’s a lot I’ve written on
weight loss et al
is not the only thing that gives you a pot belly!:D Pot belly is caused by
consuming way too many calories and these can be from your chilled bottle of
beer or from your huge bowl/basin of rice (especially polished white rice) or
yam. It is important to know what to eat, how to eat it and how much of it to
bad thing about tummy fat, is that it is not on the outside. It is actually on
the inside, around the organs. So, no amount of sit-ups can touch this
fat…exercise can help tighten abdominal muscles (especially for those who just
put to bed) but it won’t get to the fat around organs (visceral fat). This fat
is associated with some disease conditions like Diabetes Mellitus etc.
diet full of junk food (meat pies, doughnuts) is unhealthy on a lot of fronts.
It contains empty calories which give you calories you don’t need and make you
demand even more calories in a short while. They also cause your blood sugar to
yo-yo (jumping up) jumping up and down in a way that doesn’t help blood sugar
control. A diet that is also full of white carbs like white bread, polished
rice etc is also not ideal for the same reason. So what should we eat? A
balanced diet…a diet that contains all food groups in sufficient amounts for
the body to use them efficiently.
have had cause to describe the ideal plate of food several times: Half the
plate should be filled with vegetables, a quarter with complex carbohydrates
like beans, local rice (like Ofada/Abakaliki/brown/wild rice), sweet potatoes,
oatmeal etc and the last quarter with protein (fish, chicken etc). Remember
that carbs are necessary to provide the energy needed for our daily activities.
So, do not ‘demonise’ (:D) them….however, not all carbs are created equal.
Complex carbs are superior because they supply energy and fibre and some also
supply minerals and vitamins.
remember portion control. Reduce the plate size you usually use, if you need to
lose weight. This automatically reduces the quantity of food you can eat.
also to make a conscious effort to chew your food properly and take your time.
Don’t wolf it down…or inhale it 😀 Chew intentionally so as to give
your brain sufficient time to process the signal from your brain which says
that you are full. Have you observed that when you rush your food, you move
from being very hungry to being completely stuffed! There’s no in-between,
where you realize that you’re full before you get to the stuffed part. That’s
because your brain didn’t have enough time to process that info before you
that, even if a food is considered healthy, it doesn’t mean you should eat as
much of it as you want. For instance, beans is healthy on so many levels but it
also high in calories and so you still need to stick to the portion described.
Moderation in everything!!
is critical because it makes your heart strong, improves your body’s ability to
break down food, resist diseases and generally provides a feel-good attitude.
It also helps you lose weight. Mathematically, exercise helps to burn what you
have eaten such that, if you do enough and watch your portions, at the end of
the day, there will be a food balance between what you have burnt and what you
have taken in. If you have not been engaged in any exercise for a long time,
please see your doctor before you start any vigorous regimen. A minimum of 150
minutes of exercise per week is essential for good health. Try to get this
exercise anyway you can: walking, dancing, skipping, arm wrestling, pillow
fights etc. All the activities count and help you keep you fit, trim and
healthy. If you use the gym, that’s great. You can get the instructor to put
you on a regimen that involves aerobics, strength training (training with
weights) and then focus on troublesome spots like your tummy etc. (in that
order) or suggest useful regimens that are helpful.
I will talk about stress because quite a number of us are stressed out. Stress
causes the release of a hormone called Cortisol which, amongst other things,
causes fat to be deposited around our tummy. So, reduce your stress consciously
by figuring out how to better cope with your sources of stress or even
eliminating the stresses that you have control over. It’s your life after all.
suggest you also click on this link to read my post on low glycemic
Q3: Is lemon good for pregnant woman?
loved lemons during my pregnancies. They were the one thing guaranteed to ‘wake
up’ my mouth and chase nausea far away. I also had a particular brand of very
tart bubble gum, I indulged in 😀 These were key for me because,
though I didn’t have the real bad case of morning sickness that sent you to the
hospital, brushing my teeth in the morning always sent me into a bout of
retching/vomitting. So, I always had a ready supply of the gum or lemon/lime to
pop into my mouth once I was done brushing/retching! Not a very pleasant memory
if lemons work for you to prevent nausea, go for it. Remember that moderation
is key. A few drops (one or two) in a glass of water are enough to provide that
tart kick that sends nausea far away. There is a catch here though…remember the
heart burn associated with pregnancy. The acid content of lemon might make the
heart burn and any pre-existing gastro-esophageal (stomach and
esophagus/gullet) problems worse. So, this is all the more reason to be very
moderate or stop if it exacerbates an already bad case of heart burn. Wherever
and whenever in doubt, please be sure to see your doctor.
pregnant or not (including those trying to conceive) lemon water is fine in moderation
as described above.
Q4: Does lemon in water or tea stops a woman’s period?
A:The simple answer is no!
a good night, y’all 😀