The Many Health Benefits of the Humble Lemon
By Aylin Erman, EcoSalon
Discover for yourself the incredible health benefits of lemon and you’ll be puckering with pleasure.
Fresh lemon juice bears some surprising benefits, and starting your day with it not only tastes good but also jump starts digestion, detoxifies, and keeps you free of sickness. Don’t miss out on the incredible health benefits of lemon–the best way to start is in the morning!
Lemons are associated with a sour cringe, but delicious recipes. The little citrus fruits offer some serious health benefits, the most important being alkalizing properties. Lemons may be acidic, but ones ingested, they are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. A high alkaline diet helps to strike a better acid-base ratio in the body that, thanks to the standard American diet, is often teetering towards acidic.
Traditionally, the benefits of lemon juice has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to stimulate digestion and clear toxins that were accumulated in the digestive tract overnight. Citrus flavonols are what are responsible for this effect, as they act as a digestive tonic. Moreover, lemon juice is believed to improve the stomach’s hydrochloric acid strength, which contributes to a more effective breaking down of food. Lemons have also shown the ability to decrease the risk for peptic ulcer disease and gastric cancer.
Lemons are also a great way to avoid the common cold and boost overall immunity. They are high in ascorbic acid (vitamin C), which plays an important role in immune defense. Their vitamin C content effectively helps to increase antibody activity and resist infection. In one study, lemon citrus extract was linked to the inhibition of human breast cancer cell proliferation.
Vitamin C is a panacea of sorts, helping with the development of bones, cartilage, teeth, and gums as well as contributing to wound healing, fat and protein metabolization, and tissue formation. Vitamin C is an effective healer and is found in abundance in lemons.
And while you can reap a lot of benefits in terms of illness prevention an overall health, there are some beauty takeaways from lemons as well. Lemons are packed with antioxidants, which combats free radical damage and thus signs of aging of the skin. Paired with its detoxifying capabilities and high alkalinity, lemons can do wonder for your skin, keeping it clear, young, and taut. Apply fresh lemon juice directly to the skin for a pore tightening and deep cleansing.
While you can sneak lemon juice into your salads, soups, and as a spritz over meat-based dishes, the most potent way to benefit is to squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a warm cup of water every morning. Sip it slowly as you prepare for the day. On an empty stomach, this ritual is most effective and will do your body only the best of deeds!
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