It was really difficult for me to drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day until I discovered that adding lemons made the water more palatable. I freeze lemon slices and use them in place of ice cubes. A friend of mine prefers to add the lemon slices to hot water for a hot drink. Either way, it does make it easier to get your 8 cups a day.
But lemon does more than make water taste better. It really is a health superfruit that boosts immune system health, which of course prevents many illnesses from taking hold.
- Lemons are loaded with nutrients that boost the immune system, making it a great preventative. It is high in vitamin C, and also contains vitamin A, vitamin B6 and vitamin E along with many important nutrients and minerals. Lemons contain flavonoids which are believed to play an important role in fighting cancer, heart disease, and some degenerative diseases. Lemons also have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
- For the greatest health benefit use freshly squeezed lemon juice. Once a lemon has been juiced it loses Vitamin C rapidly, reducing its effectiveness.
- To easily make a hot lemon drink, simply juice a lemon over a tea cup (use a strainer to catch the seeds). You can add the juiced lemon – I do – then pour in enough hot water to fill the cup. Cover the cup with something (to keep in the heat) and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove the lemon and stir in a teaspoon of raw honey.
Lemons for Health:
- Lemon’s antimicrobial properties reduce the effects of cold and flu. Hot lemon tea can soothe a sore throat, cut phlegm, reduce mucous buildup and relieve coughs.
- A gargle with lemon juice can also soothe a sore throat – gargle, then swallow the juice. Lemon’s antibacterial properties will go on to kill more germs.
- Reduce chills with hot lemon tea.
- Treat fever with a cup of Vitamin C rich lemon tea. This replaces the fluids lost through sweating.
- Asthma and allergy sufferers may find relief from a hot lemon drink (without honey) taken before meals and before bedtime.
- Gargling with lemon juice stops gums from bleeding, prevents toothaches and eliminates bad breath – swallow the lemon juice to kill more bacteria, then rinse well with clear water to remove any remaining acid from teeth.
- Gargling with hot lemon water may help speed the healing of canker sores.
- Lemon is a great blues chaser. Sit down with a cup of lemon tea and take time to really smell the aroma for a quick mood lifter and to reduce stress and depression.
- Lemon’s antiseptic properties supports a healthy digestive system – valuable in the prevention and treatment of constipation, flatulence, heartburn and indigestion.
- Drinking lemon juice daily may deter the formation of kidney stones and gall stones.
- Lemon juice is a diuretic which flushes out toxins from the body and cleans the blood. It is believed this may soothe symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism.
- Lemon juice maximizes enzyme function which contributes to detoxification.
- Lemon tea taken daily may help control diabetes, high blood pressure and prevent stroke.
- Lemon juice stops internal bleeding. To stop a nose bleed, drop some lemon juice on a cotton ball and place it inside your nose.
- Stop the bleeding and disinfect cuts and scrapes by applying lemon juice to a cotton ball, place on cut or scrape and hold it firmly in place for a few minutes.
- Soothe and ease skin rashes, including poison ivy rash, with lemon juice.
- Lemon juice will also provide relief from insect bites and bee stings.
- Cool minor burns, including sunburn, by applying lemon juice to the burn. This may also prevent scars.
- Dissolve warts and speed recovery – Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice then hold it on the wart for a minute or so. Repeat for several days until the acids in the lemon juice dissolve the wart completely.
- Treat a hangover with a cup of tea to which a generous portion of lemon juice was added.
Isn’t it something that lemons, probably one of the least expensive fruits, plays such a large role in natural treatments and remedies.
Talk to you again next week,
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