Drink Lemon Water
Drinking lemon water has amazing health benefits. Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C and they also have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral powers. By adding a squeeze of lemon to your water and drinking it, you will alkalize your body (even though lemons are acidic, they are alkaline forming in the body) and boost your immune system. Unlike coffee or caffeinated teas, hot water with lemon will hydrate you immediately. It will help to clean toxins out of your body.
If you drink lemon water often, you may start to notice your skin texture improving, becoming clearer and maybe even the diminishing of fine lines and wrinkles. When your liver is healthy, it is reflected in your skin and when you are properly hydrated your skin will be plumper. It can also aid with weight loss by suppressing appetite and improving the digestive system. Some people report feeling energized from drinking lemon water.
Lemon water is also known to help dissolve kidney stones and to treat urinary tract infections. Drinking lemon water is helpful to relieve sore throats, asthma, and tonsillitis.
Eat Some Lemon Peel
One important compound found in the peels of lemon, grapefruit and orange is limonene. Limonene is found to be chemopreventative and chemotherapeutic against liver, lung, mammary and skin cancer. A study done at the University of Arizona found that citrus peel when consumed with black tea reduced the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 30 percent. The limonene of the citrus peel and the polyphenols of black tea impacted antiproliferative effects, including apoptosis, on neoplastic cells. Oxidative damage can lead to skin cancer and other chronic diseases. Black tea is a good source of antioxidants and with the addition of lemon to tea increases its antioxidant potential.
The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center says limonene is used for patients for treatment and prevention of cancer and has also been promoted to treat gastroesophageal reflux.
Add Zest to Your Life
You can add lemon peel to your smoothies, lemonade, salads, salad dressings, fruits, and desserts. Researchers say even as little as 1 tablespoon of grated lemon can benefit us significantly. Lemons are nature’s perfect medicine. Make sure you use organic lemons and grate the peel, store in the fridge for later use.
Always choose organic produce.
Get the organic ones. It will cost a little more but you and your family are worth it. This lemon pictured above was only 10 cents more than conventionally grown.