HEALTH BENEFITS OF LEMON JUICE
Lemon is a citrus, it is the same family as oranges and lime, however it is quite acidic and has a very sour taste, yellow in colour the fruit is used for cooking and non-cooking purpose. Its juice has so many health benefits and functions like cleaning, cooking, baking etc. The juice of the fruit contains about 5% – 6% citric acid. The distinctive sour taste of lemon juice makes it a key ingredient in drinks and foods such as lemonade and lemon meringue pie. There are other health benefits of lemon juice as I will be listing below.
Aids Digestion. Aiding digestion is one of the numerous health benefits of Lemon juice. Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body by encouraging the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. They are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen toxins, in the digestive tract. The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, belching and bloating.
Lemon is a Diuretic. This is another wonderful health benefit of lemon juice. Lemon juice helps to flush out unwanted materials in part because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Therefore toxins are released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy. The citric acid in lemons helps maximize enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification.
Boosts Your Immune System. As said earlier, Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is very good for fighting colds. So if you are having cold or know anyone suffering from it you might want to stock up on lemon now. They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) found in lemons demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects, and is used as complementary support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms plus it enhances iron absorption in the body; iron plays an important role in immune function. Lemons also contain saponins, which show antimicrobial properties that may help keep cold and flu at bay. Lemons also reduce the amount of phlegm produced by the body.
Balances pH Levels. Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Sure, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). Lemons contain both citric and ascorbic acid, weak acids easily metabolized from the body allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalize the blood. Disease states only occur when the body pH is acidic. Drinking lemon water regularly can help to remove overall acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints, which is one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation.
Clears Skin. We all want smooth clear skin and this is another health benefit of lemon juice. The vitamin C component as well as other antioxidants helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes and it helps to combat free radical damage. Vitamin C is vital for healthy glowing skin while its alkaline nature kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne. It can actually be applied directly to scars or age spots to help reduce their appearance. Since lemon water purges toxins from your blood, it would also be helping to keep your skin clear of blemishes from the inside out. The vitamin C contained in the lemon rejuvenates the skin from within your body.
Aids in Weight Loss. Looking to lose weight? Well you may want to start indulging yourself in some lemon juice. Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. Studies have shown people who maintain a more alkaline diet, do in fact lose weight faster. I personally find myself making better choices throughout the day, if I start my day off right, by making a health conscious choice to drink warm lemon water first thing every morning.