Thursday, May 8, 2014

Benefits of Lemon

With a new diet change in our household, lemonade has been the drink of choice. Not just lemonade, but homemade fresh squeezed lemonade. Pretty much just lemon water with a sprinkle of sugar. We use the entire lemon, minus the rind, along with reverse osmosis water and have a very healthy, very natural sweet, thirst quenching drink! So why is lemon considered a super fruit?  
  • 1. DITCH THE CAFFINE, START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT: Lemon water is the best thing to start your day with instead of those caffeinated drinks. You could also sip on some warm lemon water as both variations will give you Vitamin C as well as Stimulate your digestive track.
  • 2. WEIGHT LOSS: Forget all of the cleansing diets, lemons contain pectin, a soluble fiber that has been shown to aid in weight loss struggles.
  • 3. PREVENT KIDNEY STONES: Drinking just one half cup of lemon juice a day raises citrate levels in the urine. Studies show that this could protect against calcium stones in the kidneys.
  • 4. SOOTHE A SORE THROAT: Many wives tales have mentioned honey being a sore throat reliever, but adding some lemon to the honey will help alleviate the discomfort of a sore throat.
  • 5. STOP AN ITCH: Something as simple as lemon juice and cornstarch can help alleviate the constant itch of poison ivy or an insect bite.
  • 6. BRING DOWN THE FEVER: Instead of pumping yourself full of medicine, try drinking some lemon juice to bring down your fever.
  • 7. HELPS WITH DIGESTION: Drinking lemon on a regular basis will clean out your digestive track. Pace yourself if you feel any uncomfortableness.
  • 8. CLEAR UP ACNE: The Vitamin C in citrus fruits is essential for healthy glowing skin. The alkaline in the lemons helps kill bacteria known as acne.
  • 9. DITCH THE ANXIETY: Lemon has a calming effect relieving fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness, and tension.
  • 10. BYE BYE CANKER SORES: Lemons have natural properties of antibacterial and antiviral, therefore jump starting the healing process of those dreaded canker sores.

And I can't forget my favorite theory on lemons, HELP A SUNBURN. This one isn't proven, but since we have been drinking tons of lemon water, our sunburns don't burn and hurt like usual. Is it a coincidence that lemons grow in hot tropical weather and could possibly heal sunburns? And what if lemon(ade) is really an aid. Something to think about.  
Enjoy your lemons more frequently and start seeing some changes in your body.  
Remember, these are just my favorite top 10 uses for Lemons so as usual, please leave comments!  

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