The health benefits of lemons has been known for centuries, even the Ancient Egyptians believed that eating and drinking lemon juice was effective protection against a variety of poisons.
Lemons are strong antibacterial, antiviral fruits with immune-boosting powers, which can help with weightloss and aid your digestive system. They also contain many beneficial substances such as citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene which helps promote immunity and fight infection.
Research has proven that drinking warm water with lemon in the morning helps kick start your digestion process for the day, by helping the liver with the removal of unwanted materials from your body. Even though lemon juice is acidic, once ingested it helps to maintain your body in an alkaline state, which many experts agree is a vital key to health maintenance.
How do I get the most juice out of my lemon? I saw this on a Jamie Oliver cooking show – Roll or massage your lemon with the skin on between your hand and a flat surface before you cut it.
How to drink lemon and water in the morning? Do this a couple of times a week, add a slice and a few drops into a cup of warm filtered/mineral water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Use warm water because boiling water will destroy some of the enzymatic properties of fresh lemon, while icy cold water will hinder its digestive benefits. Make sure to wait 30 minutes before eating breakfast, as this will ensure your body gets the most energy and nutrients from your morning elixir. You’ll find you end up acquiring a taste for it, the health benefits alone will inspire to keep going and you can adjust how much you add.
Ayurvedic philosophy believes the first item you ingest sets your mood for the remainder of the day, so drinking warm lemon water helps purify your body and in turn your mind. If the toxic build up isn’t cleansed from your system this can have negative effects on a person’s emotions and thoughts for the day. Something to think about right?
Drink lemon water anytime
Water and lemon is also a natural energiser, so swap that short lived high of coffee, fizzy pop or store bought fruit juice for homemade lemon flavoured water. But wait that’s not all, it can also relieve symptoms such as heartburn, belching, bloating and is a fantastic natural solvent, making short work of the uric acid that causes joint pain and inflammation. So save a few pennies and take advantage of the natural healing power of lemons.
Lemon juice, rind, and zest are used in a wide variety of food and drink purposes throughout the world. The juice is also a short-term natural preservative for certain foods that tend to oxidise and turn brown after being sliced, these include apples, bananas and avocados. Keep your guacamole green by squeezing a little lemon juice over it.
Grated rind is great and can be kept to add flavor to desserts, baking and salad dressings. If you want to save it for cooking later dehydrate your grated rind or let dry out in a sunny spot, no part of this wonderful fruit needs to be wasted.