March 31, 2010

When life gives you lemons...

If there's one fruit you should always keep a stock of its (drum roll) lemon! No not for all those tequila shots, but more so for all the benefits they provide. Maybe some of you are already aware of the benefits but you might have missed a few. 

There’s a common misconception that because lemon is classified as a citrus fruit it has an acidic effect on our bodies. Quite the opposite actually, I learnt through my nutritionist that lemons have an alkaline effect, which is extremely beneficial considering most of the foods people consume have acidic effects on us.

The benefits include:
  • ridding the body of toxic materials, especially in our liver
  • relieving heartburn, indigestion and bloating due to its digestive qualities
  • fighting sore throats
  • fighting the common cold and fever
  • outstanding source of vitamin C
  • high in potassium
  • rich in vitamin  B1
  • speeding up your metabolism
  • regulating your blood carbohydrate levels which positively affects the blood oxygen levels
  • it’s calcium helps our bones and teeth
  • treating asthma
  • promising successful treatment of pancreatic stones and has also been employed to dissolve kidney stones
Of course, everything in moderation - I'm not saying eat lemons all day long. It's always good to dilute half a lemon in a glass of warm water (just make sure the lemon juice has not been exposed to air too long otherwise its nutrients will disappear). Your body will love you if you drink this twice a day...

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