Health Benefits of Lemons
Talk about a super food, the health benefits of lemons are really quite amazing. These fruits really pack a wallop when it comes to your health. They are just loaded with vitamin C and many of the trace minerals we need every day. Start your day off right and leave caffeinated drinks behind with hot water and fresh lemon juice to stimulate your digestive track and add vitamin C. That is only the beginning of the benefits from this tangy (okay sour) fruit.
We have listed just 9 of the many health benefits of lemons.
Prevent kidney stones: Drinking one half-cup of lemon juice every day raises citrate levels in the urine. Studies have shown that this could protect against calcium stones in the kidney.
Soothe a sore throat: Mixing lemon juice with honey can help alleviate the discomfort that comes from a nasty sore throat. One study showed lemon juice with honey out performed the over the counter remedies.
Support weight loss: Beyond the old notion that the Master Cleanse was the only way lemons could help you lose weight, new studies have shown the ways lemon juice supports your goals. Lemon juice contains pectin, a soluble fiber shown to aid in weight-loss struggles.
Stop an itch: When it comes to poison ivy or insect bites, rubbing lemon juice on the area can soothe the skin, since it has anti-inflammatory and anesthetic effects. We had some experience with fly bites this year and the lemon juice trick worked well for us!
Aids in digestion: Some doctors are big believers in the power of lemon juice for weight loss and suggest drinking a mixture of lemon juice and flaxseeds in order to eliminate waste more quickly from your body. Here is another version of our Metabolism Boosting Elixir that started us on this more detailed information.
Anticancer properties: Studies have supported the anticancer activity of citrus liminoids, compounds that protect your cells from damage that can lead to the formation of cancer cells.
Potassium power: Bananas aren’t the only way to get a big helping of potassium in your system. In addition to vitamin C, lemons offer 80 milligrams of this mineral that helps your body stay strong and nimble.
Bring down a fever: When your temperature goes up, drinking a lemon juice mixture can help bring your fever down faster. That’s why the old toddy works so well!
Balance pH: While lemons may seem quite acidic, they’re a surprisingly good source of an alkaline food that can help balance your body’s pH.
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