Lemons are acidic to the taste, but are alkaline-forming in the body. In fact they are one of the most alkaline-forming foods; this makes them great for balancing a highly acidic condition in the body. Lemons are a favourite all over the world and an essential food in kitchens everywhere.
“We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.” –Alfred E. Newman
17 Health Benefits of Lemons:
- Lemons are alkalizing for the body: Lemons are acidic to begin with but they are alkaline-forming on body fluids helping to restore balance to the body’s pH.
- Lemons are rich in vitamin C that work against infections like the flu and colds.
- Your liver loves lemons: “The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile,” says Jethro Kloss in his book Back to Eden.
- Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier.
- Cleans your bowels: Lemons increase peristalsis in the bowels, helping to create a bowel movement thus eliminating waste and helping with regularity. Add the juice of one lemon to warm water and drink first thing in the morning.
- The citric acid in lemon juice helps to dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones.
- Vitamin C in lemons helps to neutralize free radicals linked to ageing and most types of disease.
- The lemon peel contains the potent phytonutrient tangeretin, which has been proven to be effective for brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease.
- In India, Ayurveda medicine values the lemon as a fruit and for its many properties. Claiming it is sour, warm, promoter of gastric fire, light, good for vision, pungent and astringent.
- Lemons destroy intestinal worms.
- When there is insufficient oxygen and difficulty in breathing lemons are very helpful. The first man to reach the top of Mt. Everest, Edmund Hillary, said that his success on Mt. Everest was greatly due to the use of lemons.
- Lemons have powerful antibacterial properties; experiments have found the juice of lemons destroy the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases.
- Blood vessels are strengthened by the vitamin P in lemons thus preventing internal haemorrhage. Also, making it useful in treating high blood pressure.
- The symptoms of eye disorders, including diabetic retinopathy have been shown in research to improve due to the rutin, found in lemons.
- Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds. including naturally occurring limonene oil which slows or halts the growth of cancer tumors in animals and flavonol glycosides which stop cell division in cancer cells
- Internal Bleeding: As lemon has antiseptic and styptics properties, it can stop internal bleeding. You can apply lemon juice on a small piece of cotton and place inside the nose to stop nose bleeding.
- Burns: Lemon juice if applied on the areas of burns can fade the scars. As lemon is a cooling agent, it reduces the burning sensation on the skin.
How to pick a good lemon:
- Heavier lemons will have the most mineral content and sugar, thus thick-skinned lemons will be lighter than thin-skinned lemons and will have less sweetness and fewer mineral.
- The ones with the most juice will have finely-grained texture peels.
- Lemons should be fully yellow; the ones with green tinges have not fully ripened and will be very acidic.
- Over-ripe lemons will have a wrinkling look, soft or hard patches and will not be a vibrant yellow.
- Lemons stay fresher kept at room temperature (not in sunlight) for about seven to 10 days; or store them in the refrigerator crisper for about four to five weeks
How to use lemons:
“When life gives you a lemon… squeeze it, mix it with six ounces of distilled water and drink twice daily.” –Jethro Kloss in his book ‘Back to Eden’
- A bowl of fresh lemons will add fragrance and colour to a room for days.
- Alkalize daily with lemon water.
- To reduce sodium intake, squeeze fresh lemon on salads, steamed vegetables, soups and stews.
- Roll a lemon on the counter a few times before squeezing to maximize the amount of juice.
- Lemon juice can be stored for later use by putting freshly squeezed lemon juice in ice cube trays until frozen, then store them in containers in the freezer.
- Dried lemon zest should be stored in a cool and dry place in an airtight glass container.
- The zest of fresh lemon is a wonderful addition to cakes, cookies and vegetables
- To help your body get the energy from the food you are eating, drink lemon water regularly
Next to drinking plain purified water, drinking lemon water daily is the most important thing you can do for your health.
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