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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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.

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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.

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