16 ways lemons are nature's little miracle.

16 Ways Lemons Are Nature’s Little Miracle

Liza Little Nutrition

16 ways lemons are nature’s little miracle.

Packed with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fibre; lemon’s truly are nature’s little miracle!

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  1. Vitamins for healing & healthy bones. Ascorbic acid & vitamin C, promotes wound healing in the body and is an important nutrient in maintaining healthy bones, tissue and cartilage.
  2. Reduces inflammation. If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, it will decrease the acidity in your body, which is where disease states occur. It removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation.
  3. Aids digestion. Lemon juice not only encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, it helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating.
  4. Helps you lose weight. Lemons contain pectin fibre, which assists in fighting hunger cravings.
  5. Cleanses your system. It helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver.
  6. Keeps your skin blemish-free. The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes but wrinkles too! It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.
  7. Hair Care: Lemon juice has proven itself in the treatment of hair care on a wide scale. The juice applied to the scalp can treat problems like dandruff, hair loss and other problems related to the hair and scalp. If you apply lemon juice directly on the hair, it can give your hair a natural shine.
  8. Heal burns & fade scar tissue. Use lemon juice on the site of old burns can help fade the scars, and since lemon is a cooling agent, it reduces the burning sensation on the skin when you currently have an irritating burn.
  9. Sooth throat Infections. Lemon is an excellent fruit that fights against problems related to throat infections, due to its well-known antibacterial properties.
  10. Repair skin. Lemons are great for combating skin ageing. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and that is really what creates collagen synthesis, which is what keeps wrinkles at bay. Vitamin C is required in the synthesis of amino acids into collagen and the job of collagen and connective tissue is to hold things tight and protect our skin tissue.
  11. Balance pH levels. Lemons are one of the most alkalising foods for the body and a good pH level is essential as too much acidity in the body can be inflammatory. Lemon water is very alkalising and most of us have acidic bodies.
  12. Give your immune system a boost. Vitamin C is like our immune system’s jumper cables, and lemon juice is full of it. The level of vitamin C in your system is one of the first things to plummet when you’re stressed, which is why experts recommended popping extra vitamin C during especially stressful days.
  13. Excellent source of potassium. As already mentioned, lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function.
  14. Freshen your breath. It also helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis (say what?). Because the citric acid can erode tooth enamel, either hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water or brush your teeth before drinking it.
  15. Get an energy boost. Lemon juice provides your body with energy when it enters your digestive tract, and it also helps reduce anxiety and depression. (Even the scent of lemons has a calming effect on your nervous system!)
  16. All in the eyes. It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems

So what are you waiting for? Put a bag of lemons on your shopping list and reap the rewards from this natural and amazing little yellow fruit.

Tips before diving in:

  • Never buy pre-bottled juice (like the fake lemon squeezy numbers) as they contain loads of preservatives, colours, flavours and are usually concentrated. Fresh squeezed always has been, and will be, best. 
  • Drink lemon juice first thing in the morning and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast.
  • Because of how hard lemon juice can be on the enamel of your teeth, it’s important to dilute it with water of any temperature (though lukewarm is recommended).
  • Do not put fruits and lemon and lime juice in your water to sip on all day! I know it looks pretty and tastes great but you are not supposed to have that much sugar intake all day and the citric acid and sugar in your teeth cavities all day will rot your teeth and strip the enamel.