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Health Benefits of Lemons

Published 7/9/13

What are Lemons?

Lemons, native to Asia, is a yellow fruit that comes from the small, evergreen lemon tree. Lemons have been used throughout history for both culinary and non-culinary purposes. Typically only the lemon juice is used but the pulp and rind/zest are also used in various cooking, baking and drink recipes. As much as 6% of lemon juice is citric acid, which gives it a very disinctive sour taste. This bitter taste makes lemon juice an ingredient in many popular drinks and food, such as lemonade and lemon cake or lemon bars. 

Lemon Nutritional Value 

The main nutritional value that lemon has to offer is Vitamin C. One serving of lemon can account for as much as 115-milligrams of vitamin C, which is over 190% the daily recommended value (DV) of vitamin C. Lemon does include many other vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, vitamin B6, and folate, but they are in small amounts that equate to less than 10% the daily recommended value.  

Lemon Benefits

Lemon offers many unknown benefits that include, but are not limited to, the following:

Fight Acne: the alkaline nature of lemon juice is known to kill some acne-causing bacteria. Vitamin C is also very important when it comes to healthy skin and there is an abundance of ivitamin C in lemons. 

Relieve Anxiety: various studies have shown lemons to have a calming affect that can help relieve stress, fatigue, exhaustion, anxiety, and nervousness. This characteristic has made lemon very popular in aromatherapy. 

Combat Canker Sores: the antibacterial and antiviral characteristics of lemon juice can expedite the healing process associated with cancker sores. 

Immune System Boost: when experiecing a cold or flu, the high amount of vitamin C in lemons can boost the immune system to combat the illness and possibly lessen the symptoms. 

Cure Corns and Calluses: applying a slide of lemon to a corn or callus for a lentghy period of time can accelerate the healing process. 

Lower Cholesterol: the power of pectin found in lemons can boost metabolism and increase circulation, both of which can lower cholesterol levels. 

Enhance Digestion: drinking a cup of lemon water after meals can help digestion. The acid in lemon juice will help stimulate the production of stomach acid as well as enouraging the activity of the stomach muscles. 

Lemonade Diet

The Lemonade Diet, sometimes  referred to as the Lemonade Detox or Lemon Diet, gained popularity when the creator of the concept, Stanley Burroughs, pubslished the book The Master Cleanser. In the book Burroughs details cases in which patients suffering from stomach ulcers were completely healed after completing the lemonade detox. On top of being healed, the patient also experienced weight loss, which led to the idea of a Lemonade Diet for weight-loss rather than healing stomach ulcers. 

The Lemonade Diet is a thoroughly cleansing program that calls for participants to only consume lemonade made from a mixture of lemons, pure maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water for at least 10-days. This lemonade diet is meant to give the digestive system a ten-day vacation as it heals and recouperates. Participants should drink a cup of the mixture everytime they feel hungry and should drink at least six glasses of the concoction per day with the max being twelve glasses per day. 

Detoxes are not meant for everybody. Before engaing in a cleansing system it is highly recommend you consult with your doctor first. 

Lemonade Detox Mixture

The lemonade used as part of the Lemonade Diet calls for the following recipe per glass:

- 2-tablespoons of lemon or lime

- 2-tablespoons of gunine maple syrup

- 1/0th-teaspoon of cayenne pepper

- 10-ounces of fresh water

Mix all the ingredients together in a glass and drink it all whenever the feeling of hunger appears. 

 

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