Three experts unpick common health and fitness myths Drinking water with lemon in the morning is good for your digestion Practising yoga can help stretch out your fascia You can sweat out a fever by doing intense exercise
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Mira Naaman Iskandar Owner, Nectar Juice Bar, Bodytree Studio
What we do first thing in the morning is critical for our body. Starting with warm (not hot) water and a squeeze of lemon juice is essential to starting the day on a good note. It will hydrate you after a long night of sleep, improve digestion, increase liver function (your liver cleanses your blood), boost your metabolism, strengthen your immunity and can help you lose weight. Lemon juice has a similar atomic structure to the digestive juices in our stomach, so it tricks the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving throughout our body. It’s super easy, highly effective, and creates a daily routine for your body, leaving it well balanced and healthy. It really is a super fruit.
Mina Lee Yoga teacher and co-founder, YogaOne
Yes, by practising correct yoga sequences you can release tension in the fascia and help muscles move more efficiently. Many factors in our daily life, including poor postural habits, stress-induced muscular tension, injury and dehydration can cause velcro-like adhesions to form within the fascia, restricting their ability to perform individual functions. One of the wonderful things about yoga is that because of the sustained stretch held in many poses, you actually do change the connective tissue. So you can change your fascia – healthy fascia relies on movement and hydration. Yin yoga, where you hold postures for several minutes, gives the muscles a chance to relax and the fascia the ability to stretch, hydrate and strengthen.
Valentina Bodea Recreations supervisor, Mangroves Lifestyle, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara
I will never endorse exercising while suffering a fever. Your body is already overheated because it’s probably fighting an infection and intense training will increase the body heat and push your body to sweat. While sweating is believed to relieve fever, training while feverish might have an initial cooling down effect, but will definitely have a harder bite 30 minutes later. Keep in mind the risk of injury increases because coordination and muscle strength are affected too. The aftermath of your training session might bring shivers and cold sweats because you just pushed that infection further. So consult a doctor and rest. Once you’re back on your feet you can train intensively when you are ready mentally and physically.