Drink a mixture of half a fresh lemon squeezed in warm water first thing in the morning.

Consuming this on an empty stomach is more beneficial than you realise.


  • Promotes easy digestion, 
  • Expels phlegm from the lungs
  • Its a good dose of Vitamin C
  • Aids weight loss
  • Prevents Kidney Stones
  • Soothes a sore throat
  • Potassium Power (who needs bananas?)
  • Anti-cancer properties
  • Alkaline (Balances bodies PH balance)
  • Brings down a fever

The main reason I prescribe this to my patients is if they have the Chinese Diagnosis of
'Damp Phlegm' in the Body.
Many 
people don't realise that they have phlegm retention and it can cause a whole host
of health challenges.


Here is an article of how Damp Phlegm enters the body and possible health conditions
plus a list of foods that can help expel phlegm from the body:

Acupuncture Today
April, 2008, Vol. 09, Issue 04
 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Dampness and Food Therapy

By Edward F. Block IV, PhD

There is a saying in TCM: "The earth element creates damp
and the metal element stores it." The organs associated with the earth
element are the stomach and spleen. The organs associated with the metal
element are the lungs and large intestine. When dampness is created by impaired
digestion, it likes to end up in the lungs and large intestine.
When dampness moves into the lungs, the usual symptom is phlegm coming up
while coughing (especially after eating something that is inherently difficult
to digest such as cold dairy products or greasy foods). When the dampness
 is stored in the large intestine, we find mucus-lined stools, loose stools, sticky
stools that are difficult to clean up after or diarrhea with undigested bits of food.
Even intestinal rumblings are due to dampness. Internal dampness is directly due
 to the impaired transfomative and transportive function of the spleen system that
then results in some form of pathogenesis within the body,zang-fu and meridians.

In Chinese medicine, dampness is considered to be the cause of many illnesses
such as high cholesterol, cancer, metabolic disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome,
fibromyalgia, allergies and environmental illness. For the sake of this discussion,
only the symptoms of the aberrations of water metabolism will be considered. There are two general categories of dampness:
external and internal. Internal dampness is the most common and easily will combine with heat or cold to cause damp-heat or
damp-cold. Dampness can be thought of as the condition of "high humidity" inside the body. Symptoms can include a feeling of
heaviness, swelling or water retention, distended abdomen, phlegm discharge, nodular masses, loose bowels and turbidity of
fluids.
Individuals with a dampness condition often have sluggish energy and easily gain weight. The pulse commonly is slippery;
the tongue often is puffy with teeth marks and a greasy coat.

External dampness is a condition of prolonged high humidity that usually occurs in late summer. When exterior dampness
invades the body, it tends to do so from the lower extremities first. Dampness then works its way up the legs and settles
into the lower jiao and spreads throughout the body. Patients often complain of dizziness, a heavy sensation in the head
and body, and joint soreness and pain. In both external and internal dampness, there may be turbid discharges that form
on the body (such as suppurating sores, weeping eczema, profuse purulent leukorrhea with a foul odor, turbid urine and
stools containing mucus and even blood).2 
Summer heat with dampness causes dizziness, heaviness in the head, a stifling sensation in the chest, nausea,
poor appetite, loose stools, general lassitude, fever, restlessness and thirst.

A collection of dampness and heat may lead to such problems as inflammation, allergies (especially food allergies),
high blood sugar, weight gain and urinary tract infections. Symptoms can include a smelly and sluggish bowel,
abdominal pain, leukorrhea, eczema, and deep-yellow colored urine. The pulse often is slippery and fast; the tongue
commonly is red with a yellow, greasy coating; the nails are often red; and the hands often are puffy and red, with a
mottled appearance and swollen red cuticles.

Dampness describes a condition of viscosity and stagnation. Patients usually have a greasy-looking, sticky tongue coating
and perhapsa viscous stool that is difficult to void, and/or obstructed urination. Diseases due to dampness tend to be
prolonged and intractable. Damp is a yin pathogen that impairs yang and easily causes qi stagnation. Signs and symptoms
include a sensation of fullness in the chest, epigastric distention, difficult and scanty urination, and hesitant and viscous
stools. Pathogenic damp impairs spleen yang that leads to distention and fullness in the epigastrium and abdomen, poor
appetite, loose stools and generalized edema.
 

Food Therapy

The role of poor diet in contracting internal dampness and food therapy in combating internal dampness is well-known. Foods that
impair digestion yield food stagnation and interfere with the spleen contribute to the development of internal dampness due to
the impairment of water metabolism within the body. When one overeats, food stagnation ensues. The digestive system will not
function 
properly. This gives rise to such clinical manifestations as foul belching, sour regurgitation, distention, bloating, pain in the epigastrium
and abdomen, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. Overindulgence in cold or raw foods easily can impair spleen yang and leads to
the development of interior damp-cold.4 The resulting symptoms are diarrhea and abdominal pain. Likewise, overindulgence in alcoholic
beverages or greasy, sweet or spicy foods may lead to damp-heat, phlegm and stagnation of qi and blood. Resulting symptoms are the
sensation of fullness in the chest with profuse sputum, dizziness and vertigo, bleeding hemorrhoids and yang-type sores. An excellent,
clear and concise description of the diagnosis of damp conditions may be found in the text by Maciocia.9

Foods known to cause dampness include: milk products (except yogurt), sugar and sweets, white-wheat flour, refined starch and
highly processed starch products, excess raw fruits (sugar) and vegetables (mold from the soil), excess mushrooms and fungi,
peppers, cold beverages (which immobilize immune cells on the walls of digestive track), an excess of fermented foods, foods
containing yeast and an excess of vinegar. Foods known to cause damp-heat include: alcohol, fatty, greasy and deep-fried food.


Foods to expel Damp include: lemon, onion, garlic, cinnamon, ginger, scallion, basil,
rosemary, dill, oregano, sage, parsley, cardamom, nutmeg, fennel, anise, clove, coriander, leek, chives, Job's tears (yi yi ren)5,
euryale seed (qian shi)6, aduki beans (chi xiao dou)7, ginkgo nut (bai guo)8, rye, celery, lettuce, alfalfa, turnips, raw honey
and corn.

References

  1. Cheng XN, Ed. Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 1987, p. 254.
  2. Ibid, pp. 256-7.
  3. Akopyan A. Dampness and the circle of wellness. www.acupuncture.com/
    newsletters/m_dec03/main2.htm
    .
  4. Ibid, p. 260.
  5. Bensky D, Gamble A. Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, Revised Edition. Seattle: Eastland Press, 1993, p. 134.
  6. Ibid, p. 386.
  7. Ibid, p. 145.
  8. Ibid, p. 390.
  9. Maciocia GDiagnosis in Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 2004, pp. 948-50.