When life hands you lemons, eat them!
By: Leanne Ely
The Egyptians were wise. They would consume lemons and lemon juice as a means of protecting them from the different poisons they were always getting into. (Really, what was it with the Egyptians and poison, anyway?)
The amazing thing is that recent research has proven the Egyptians’ theory right. That doesn’t mean that you could safely swallow a bottle of Acme Poison, wash it down with some lemonade and expect no ill effects! But, lemon juice does help flush toxins out of our bodies.
Lemons have powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties. They boost our immunity, and lemons also act as liver cleansers and digestive aids.
Calcium, Vitamin C, pectin, limonene, magnesium and bioflavonoids are all substances in lemons that help to keep us healthy and fight off infections.
Let’s see what else lemons do for us . . .
Keep skin healthy. The citric acid in lemons can treat acne, and the Vitamin C they’re rich in helps to keep skin glowing. The alkaline nature of lemons can kill some of the bacteria that leads to acne.
Destroy cankers. Rinse your mouth with warm water and lemon juice three times a day to get rid of a canker sore.
Stay calm. Lemon balm soothes and calms us. It can calm our nerves and reduce anxiety. Some say that inhaling lemon oil can also sharpen concentration!
Lower a fever. The Vitamin C in lemons can help make cold symptoms and fevers go away. Add the juice of one lemon to a cup of hot water with honey. Drink one of these concoctions every couple of hours until your chill/fever symptoms have gone away.
Strengthen blood vessels. There are vessel-strengthening properties in lemons that can help fight spider veins and varicose veins.
Drink lemon water instead of plain old water to reap these wonderful benefits of lemons. It will also keep your breath nice and fresh!
Warning: Lemons are highly acidic and that can destroy the enamel of your teeth. Rinse your mouth with fresh water after eating lemon or drinking lemon juice and don’t brush your teeth for an hour after eating or drinking anything acidic. The acid softens our enamel and you can remove enamel by brushing immediately after ingesting lemon juice.
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