What you need to know about Lemon
Why is it that every nutritionist and fitness expert these days is shown holding a glass
of lemon water in their hand? It’s because of the lemon’s wealth of health benefits, of
course! There’s a good reason why health and wellness experts can’t seem to get enough of this citrus fruit.
Lemons got their first claim to fame as a medicinal remedy when it was discovered
that their high Vitamin C content helped prevent scurvy. Although scurvy is no longer
such a major concern, Vitamin C’s innumerable benefits are still useful for our
immune system and skin health in particular.
If the Vitamin C content isn’t enough to sell you on them, lemons also contain a unique combination of flavonoids making them high in antioxidants, which is fantastic
for boosting heart health. They also aid digestion by stimulating bile production help stabilize blood sugar 114 , act as a mild diuretic to flush out toxins, and help keep
weight off thanks to pectin, a soluble fiber that keeps you full and fights diabetes. 115
Phew! And for less than a dollar for one lemon (although maybe not in the Far
North!), why wouldn’t you make this a part of your daily routine?
Before going further, let’s clear up any concern about possible enamel damage from
consuming lemon and lemon juice. As long as you’re not using it like mouthwash,
your teeth will be fine! As a best practice, feel free to rinse your mouth out with water
after consuming lemon, or, for drinks, simply drink out of a straw to avoid the teeth
For Boosting Your Immune System
Lemons are high in vitamin C (18.6mg per lemon to be exact), which is great for
boosting your immune system i.e. the perfect combatant to the common cold and
flu. Lemons also have the ability to prevent bacterial growth, treat throat infections,
and alleviate chest congestion.
What’s more, its high potassium content makes it an ideal ingredient in an electrolyte
drink for recovery following a fever or a bout of dehydration.
Uses, Doses, and Methods
For Treating Cold Symptoms
No one likes getting a cold. Researchers found that the Vitamin C found in lemons can help to reduce the duration of colds and infections, when consumed on a regular basis
.What’s more, it also serves as the perfect remedy for a sore throat or a nagging cough. In 2015, researchers determined that taking lemon with honey was more effective for treating children’s night coughs than medication
For Weight Loss
Looking to shed a few pounds or burn body fat? Time to stock up on lemons. Thanks
to their polyphenol content, lemons directly assist in fat-burning activity by improving
insulin resistance and affects how efficiently your body metabolizes fat. 120 High in
pectin fiber, lemons also give a feeling of fullness and help fight pesky hunger cravings
Uses, Doses, and Methods
Often, the trick to successful weight loss is to manage the little things. Breaking bad
habits like eating at the wrong times, or snacking on foods that skyrocket your blood
sugar can usually be the most difficult thing to overcome, even while the rest of your
lifestyle and diet are changing for the better. Luckily, there’s lemon to the rescue!
For Controlling Blood Sugar
Lemons can help reduce insulin resistance , which is not only fantastic news for
diabetics, but means lemon juice can help anyone cut down on between-meal
cravings, and help prevent accidentalover-eating by balancing blood sugar levels.
For Reducing Bloating
Lemon juice is a natural diuretic , which can make it a useful tool for fighting the
feeling of bloating and excess water weight. Diuretics stimulate urination, and will
ultimately help you expel extra water stored around your body as you pee.