When you think of lemons what do you think of? Perhaps fresh lemonade on a hot day, or a nice addition to your baked fish or hot tea? Well, it is time to expand your horizons a bit when it comes to this amazing little citrus fruit. The healing properties of lemons may, in fact, astonish you.
The Ancient Egyptians ate lemons and drank their juice to protect themselves from poisons and recent research into this aromatic member of the citrus family have confirmed that the Egyptians were indeed on to something.
For hundreds of years, the health benefits of lemons have been well documented. The two most studied qualities include the antibacterial and antiviral capabilities of this rather unassuming little citrus fruit, however, their benefits do not stop here.
Lemons are comprised of citric acid, magnesium, calcium, vitamin C, pectin, bioflavonoids, and limonene that fight infection and boost immunity. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways and reasons why you should incorporate lemons into your healthy lifestyle.
Bowel- Cleansing: In the same manner that the bitter taste of lemons makes your cheeks pucker, it also works to increase peristalsis – the contraction-like movement in the bowels. This movement helps eliminate waste and improves regularity. Simply add the juice of one lemon to a glass of warm water first thing in the morning to kick-start peristalsis and bowel cleansing.
Body Chemistry Balance: Although lemons are acidic, they actually have a alkalinizing impact on the body which helps to restore balance to the body’s pH. Most people are highly acidic which can lead to illness and even disease such as cancer. Maintaining a proper pH is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Drinking lemon water and using fresh, organic lemons liberally in cooking can help your body achieve proper pH. This will improve your metabolism and boost your fat burning potential.
Cancer: Lemons contain over 22 anti-cancer compounds, including limonene (mentioned above). Limonene is a naturally occurring oil that has been shown to slow or even stop the growth of cancerous cells in animals. Flavonols and glycosides in lemons have been shown to halt the division of cancer cells.
Liver Detox: The same glass of warm lemon water that gets your bowels moving in the morning also cleanses your liver. Proper liver function is necessary for all aspects of health and cleansing your liver after sleeping prepares it for optimal functioning all day long.
Anti-Aging: Lemons contain a high amount of vitamin C which helps to neutralize free radicals that promote aging and disease. In addition to incorporating lemons into your diet, try using lemons in your natural beauty routine. Mix together 2 teaspoons of sugar, the juice of one lemon and a little water. Apply to your face as a exfoliator and rinse with warm water. This will remove dead skin and leave your face feeling soft and refreshed.
Acne: The citric acid in lemons is effective in reducing and eliminating acne. In addition, vitamin C is important for healthy skin and fighting bacteria, the known cause of acne. Apply fresh lemon juice using a clean cotton ball on blemishes before you go to bed. Wash your face with lukewarm water in the morning. Repeat daily until the blemish is gone; it should not take long.
Anxiety: According to studies, just the aroma of lemons can help to reduce stress, anxiety, fatigue, nervousness and even dizziness. It is also thought that inhaling lemon scent can improve focus. Keep a few cotton balls dribbled with lemon essential oil on your desk for those times when you need a pick-me-up.
Canker Sores: The pain associated with canker sores is known all to well to sufferers. The proven bacteria-fighting properties of lemons can hasten the healing process. Rinse your mouth out 3 times daily with lemon water. Although it may burn at first, this will be reduced the more you rinse.
Blood Pressure: Hypertension left untreated can result in a heart attack, stroke or kidney failure. Medication is often prescribed for those suffering with high blood pressure, however regular consumption of lemons is a good way to keep high blood pressure at bay. Lemons keep blood vessels soft and take away their stiffness which lowers blood pressure. Drink warm lemon water 3 times a day for best results.
Chills and Fever: Add the juice of one lemon to a glass of hot water and a teaspoon of organic honey to make a delightful warm drink to ease fever and chills associated with the common cold and flu. Drink every 2 hours until the fever and chills subside.
Drinking lemon water is safe for individuals of all ages as long as they are free of ulcers and lemon allergies. Consuming 1-2 glasses of water with half a lemon squeezed into each 8oz cup is suggested to reap the benefits of this ancient home remedy and super food. Start your 1st first glass upon waking. Like any other routine involving health consistency is crucial for visible results. Adding lemon water to the diet can help cleanse, detoxify, and heal the body naturally.