Are you feeling tired, drained and unhealthy? The key to good health is only a lemon squeeze away!
Here’s how to harness all the benefits of lemons through drinking a glass daily.
Supports the immune system: helps to fight infections of the respiratory tract and sore throats. This is because of the anti-inflammatory properties of lemons. It can also help lower blood pressure by up to 10 per cent (1 lemon a day).
Aids digestion: the citric acid from lemons stimulates the secretion of gastric juice and digestion. These digestive qualities of lemon juice can also help relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and bloating. Overall, it helps regulate bowel movement.
Repairs skin: great for combating skin ageing. The vitamin C in lemons improves skin by rejuvenating the body
Reduces appetite: lemon water can help with weight loss. Lemons contain pectin fibre, which help surpass hunger cravings. People with a better alkaline diet have lost weight faster. In fact, you’re less likely to snack and make poor food choices.
Balances pH levels: Lemons create an alkalising effect in the body. It can help maintain a higher level of pH. With high pH, it is more likely your body is able to fight diseases.
Cleanses the urinary tract: lemon water is a diuretic meaning it encourages the production of urine. Toxins are therefore released at a faster rate, helping to purify the system and keep it healthy. It can even help dissolve gallstones, kidney stones, pancreatic stones and calcium deposits.
Freshens breath: helps kill off bad bacteria in the mouth by acting as a disinfectant. It is even said to help with tooth pain and combat gingivitis.
Protects overall health: it provides the body with needed electrolytes, such as potassium, calcium and magnesium to hydrate your body.
Promotes healing: it is good for your joints and reduces pain in your muscles.
Detoxifies the liver: it cleanses the liver since lemons stimulate toxin release. The lemon is a dissolvent of uric acid, which can cause gout.
Cleanses your bowels: lemons help to get the bowels moving thus eliminating waste and helping with regularity.
The lemon peel: it contains the potent phytonutrient tangeretin, which has been proven to be effective for brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease.
Antibacterial properties: experiments have found the juice of lemons destroy the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases.
Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds: including naturally occurring limonene which slows the growth of cancer tumours in animals.
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Remember, when lemon juice comes in contact with the teeth it can ruin the enamel, so it is always best to drink lemon juice diluted and rinse your mouth thoroughly afterwards.
Not only are the benefits of lemon water endless, it’s one of the most substantial yet simple changes you can make for your health.