The Humble Lemon! "We do not live off the food we eat, we live off the energy from the food we eat". Ancient Egyptians believed that the lemon was an effective protection against poisons and recent research has confirmed this belief? Sunshine yellow, eye-wateringly tangy and smelling like a summer in Europe! No wonder most people like lemons. Lemons are versatile― from its peel to its pulp. Here are some of the reasons why lemons should feature prominently in your shopping basket, or perhaps you are lucky enough to have a lemon tree! Lemons contain strong antibacterial, antiviral and vitamin and mineral immune boosting powers, such as Vitamin C, citric acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium, pectin, bioflavonoids, selenium and limonene which fight infections and promote immunity. It helps in production of white blood cells (WBCs) and antibodies in blood which attacks the invading microorganism and prevents infection. Lemon juice is a great digestive aid and liver cleanser, so consider lemons for weight loss! Acid to alkaline... How does this process work one might ask? Well lemons are tart and acidic to the taste, but as part of digestive process the final result is that they are alkaline forming on body fluids helping to restore balance to the body’s pH. Unlike other citrus, lemons do not have sugar, as they process through the digestive system they create a high alkaline ash. This is due to the citric acid which is classed is a "weak" acid, meaning once it's done it's job in providing energy during metabolism, it stimulates the formation of calcium carbonate which neutralizes the "Strong" acids in the body leaving the body with a very Alkaline Ash (the end product from the fruit). We have 20 different cell sizes, if we don't breakdown our water small enough, our cells cannot hydrate, thus urination right after drinking. When we drink water our body should hold onto the water. However if our body is too acidic or not performing as it should, water will go straight through, meaning we drink it and less than an hour goes by and we urinate. Consider adding lemon juice to your water. It aids hydration and soon you will find your body craving it! After sleeping through the night, the bodily tissues are dehydrated and need clean, pure water to filter out toxins and improve energy production in the cells, lemon juice with water first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day. Lemons increase peristalsis in the bowels helping to create a bowel movement and most of us know all about constipation post surgery! It has even been reported that long distance walkers and hikers consider the humble lemon as a Godsend. When fatigue sets in, they might suck lemon juice by piercing the top of the fruit with a straw, giving themselves a quick-acting medicine and a lovely refreshment. When you have a cold, the healing power of lemons works both internally, by supplying urgently required vitamin C to your immune defense cells, and externally, through the application of its antiviral properties to the virus on the mucous membranes in the nose and throat. If you have a sore throat, add the juice of 1 lemon and half to one teaspoon of sea salt to one cup (250ml) lukewarm water. Go easy on the salt if you are on a salt free diet. Chills and fevers may be due to a variety of causes, but the lemon is always a helpful remedy, add the juice of 1 lemon to a cup of hot water with honey and drink at once, then every 2 hours until the fever or chill subsides. Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become fragile and brittle leading to higher risks of fractures. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more quickly than the body can replace them, leading to a loss of bone thickness (bone density or mass). Researchers have found that inflammation may play a part in Osteoporosis. Lemons provide anti-inflammatories phytochemicals such as nobiletin. Nobiletin acts directly as an antioxidant but also interferes with the biological inflammatory processes. Restlessness; think lemons again.. lemons contain the flavanoid hesperidin which can act as a sedative, include the zest and juice of lemons in your daily diet. So think lemons in the form of adding it to your water, teas, salad dressings, stuffings... how about a lemon and coriander stuffing in your weekend roast! There are so many ways in which to incorporate lemons into your diet. Let your imagination run free! Take advantage of the humble lemon's natural healing power and pop one in your shopping basket! Medical Precautions Note: If you suffer from heartburn, kidney or gall bladder problems or have a citrus allergy consult your doctor before using these remedies or drinking lemon juice. 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