So what happens if you mix lemon with bay leaves? You’re taking two very healthy ingredients and getting even more health benefits as a result.
The recipe I’m going to show you today is a version of lemon water with bay leaves. Water is one of our greatest allies when it comes to weight loss, as well as supporting every bodily function and making sure we stay healthy.
On top of promoting weight loss, lemons and bay leaves both have unique medicinal properties that can help ward off or fight certain conditions.
The Health Benefits of Lemon and Bay Leaves
This lemon and bay leaf recipe has many health benefits. One of the most significant, especially as it impacts our overall well-being, is aiding weight loss. Let’s look at both ingredients in detail regarding this, and then I’ll share some other medicinal benefits they offer.
How do Lemons Help Promote Weight Loss?
Certain properties in lemons target visceral fat in the body, which is stored within the abdomen. Also known as active fat, this type of fat increases the chance of developing a number of health issues including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Generally speaking, the more visceral fat we have, the more health risks it poses.
Lemon water on its own has been a popular drink to aid with weight loss for some time now. It helps on a number of levels:
By keeping you hydrated, it encourages weight loss and boosts the breakdown of fats.
It also boosts your metabolism, a key component of staying at a healthy weight.
Lemon with water will also keep you feeling fuller for longer. This helps many people reduce their calorie intake. In this recipe, we use lemon juice and lemon rind. Lemon rinds are one of the richest sources of pectin. Pectin is a soluble fiber and can help with appetite control because it forms a gelatinous mass when it enters your stomach. In fact, pectin is used to make jam to give it its jelly-like consistency.
Since the pectin thickens in the stomach it slows the speed that food moves through the small intestine, regulating how quickly sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream. This helps to stop blood sugar levels from rising and dropping sharply. When blood sugar levels are low, we feel hungry so are more prone to snack or eat a larger meal. Overall, lemon peel can stop the accumulation of fat and has polyphenols that keep fat away.
How do Bay Leaves Help Promote Weight Loss?
Bay leaves are known to help the digestive system, which is an important factor when it comes to losing and managing weight. Like lemons, they also boost your metabolism. Bay leaves help you to absorb nutrients too, so this can help with calorie control, and they can reduce the amount of fat the body absorbs.
In a roundabout way, they can help manage weight by easing stress due to the linalool they contain. This is especially useful for people who eat more when they are stressed. In a similar vein, bay leaves can improve sleep. Having a good night’s sleep is vital to maintaining a healthy weight and supporting the body to fight many illnesses and diseases.
Since they can induce drowsiness, if you take certain medicines for pain relief or sedatives, this could increase the side effects, particularly making you more sleepy. Please check with your doctor for any possible negative interactions with your medicine.
Additional Health Benefits of Lemons
Lemons have long been a popular way to fight and prevent colds thanks to their high vitamin C content. It also reduces the risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke. The fiber found in lemons (and citrus fruits) can also lower blood cholesterol levels if consumed regularly.
Eating lemons may also reduce your risk of developing certain cancers. Some test-tube and animal studies have shown that certain compounds found in lemons even kill cancer cells. It’s believed that the limonene, cryptoxanthin, and naringenin they contain have anti-cancer properties.
Lemons are also beneficial when it comes to kidney stones. The citric acid in them stops them, or slows them, from developing.
Additional Health Benefits of Bay Leaves
One of the main health benefits of bay leaves is that they reduce inflammation in the body. That’s because of an important phytonutrient they contain called parthenolide. Too much inflammation in the body plays a large role in developing many chronic diseases so eating more anti-inflammatory foods can benefit you now and in the long run.
Bay leaves can also improve heart health thanks to the rutin and caffeic acid found in them. Rutin strengthens the heart’s capillary walls, while caffeic acid can lower bad cholesterol. Bay leaves can also improve your health in general by supporting a healthy immune system. They contain a number of nutrients that aid this, including vitamin A and vitamin B6.
Now that you know how these two simple but potent ingredients can improve your health and aid in weight loss, let’s look at how to make this drink.
How to Make This Lemon and Bay Leaf Drink
You can make this recipe in around 30 minutes from start to finish. The quantities in the recipe below are for two servings and each will have approximately 10 calories.
- Chopping board
- Sharp knife
- Citrus juicer (or you can do this manually and discard the seeds/pips)
- Container or bowl
- Pot with a lid
- 1 Lemon
- 2 Bay leaves
- 20 fl oz. of water
- Wash your lemon, then cut it in half. Squeeze the lemon and save the juice for later.
- Add the lemon peel halves and 2 bay leaves to a pan, then pour 20 fl oz. of water over and cover. Turn the heat onto high and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling, lower the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.3. Remove from the heat and let it cool for 10 to 15 minutes or so before straining and adding the juice of the lemon.
In order to help with weight loss, you should have this twice a day for at least one week.
It’s best to take one serving 30 minutes before breakfast and another one 30 minutes before dinner.