May 222012
 

Unleash the Power of LemonsI always squeeze a little fresh lemon in a glass of water, especially since doing the research for this article! I’ve included some of my favorite ways to use lemons at the bottom…let me know how you like yours!

Top 10 Reasons to include lemons in your day:

1. Boost your immune system: Their high antioxidant content in the form of Vitamin C can boost your immune system and regular consumption can help prevent, or speed up your recovery from a cold. Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals, those inflammatory substances in the body that can damage cells.

2. Antibacterial and antiviral properties: citric acid’s low pH breaks down the cell membrane of many harmful bacterial strains.

3. Fight fatigue: lemon oil can stimulate brain activity. Add some fresh lemon to your water and sip throughout the day.

4. Nobody likes bad breath! Lemon juice is a great oral cleanser and will leave you with a fresh taste and smell.

5. Palate cleanser: having a bit of water with lemon between courses or flavors will cleanse your palate more than just sipping plain water.

6. Balances pH: lemons will help alkalize your body. Though you may think of lemons/citrus as an acidic food, the citric acid in lemons doesn’t create acidity once it is metabolized by your body.(read more about alkaline acid balance here)

7. Naturally detoxifying: lemons dissolve uric acid and other toxins in the liver. Their high potassium content combats symptoms like constipation, headaches and appetite loss.

8. Improves circulation: Vitamin P (bioflavenoids that help Vitamin C perform its function) found in lemons is known to strengthen the blood vessels.

9: Keeps you regular: lemon juice stimulates the liver to produce bile, which is an essential fat emulsifier (break down) stored in the gallbladder, and released into the small intestine in response to stimulation by fatty food. This essential function keeps everything moving on schedule.

10. B Complex Vitamins: lemons are a good source of pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, and folates – essential B vitamins that the body doesn’t produce on its own.

I eat lemons….
-I like to start every day with a cup of hot water with a quarter of a fresh squeezed lemon and some ginger. I got into the habit back in January when I did a cleanse (you can read about it here).  It made me feel so much more hydrated in the morning than drinking coffee first thing -  which I now enjoy that a little later in the morning when I have more time to savor it. The lemon/ginger water really stimulated my digestion and made me feel awesome right away.

-I always buy organic lemons when they’re available to avoid the sprays and chemicals used on commercial farms. More costly buying organic? Maybe immediately, but I feel like I’m saving my body the extra work of processing out the bad stuff that down the road could add up to costly health problems.

-I add fresh squeezed lemons to my pesto, and I love using the zest to really bring out the lemon flavor. Be sure to wash the outside skin of your lemon before zesting.

-I squeeze fresh lemon over my mixed green salads with some olive oil and a little crushed pepper for a light, tasty dressing.

-Fresh lemon in my fruit and green shakes brings out the freshness of the fruit and veggies.

Read more about the healthy properties of Lemons at these great links:
LaJollaMom: Lemon Water in the Morning
WHFoods.com: Lemons/Limes

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  • Morgan

    I love to take a fresh lemon and just eat and lick it raw. It really freshens my breath!

  • Getty

    I love eating lemons and these ways to eat more really helped me!

    • http://thebettyrocker.com BettyRocker

      Awesome! I’m glad! I eat lemon every day.

  • Ali

    Since getting the Fuel System I always try have my lemon and ginger first thing in the morning, and now if I don’t have it a notice a big difference! But I thought point 6 and the link you posted to the article was really interesting! :)

    • http://thebettyrocker.com BettyRocker

      Way to go, Ali – it’s made a big difference to me as well! Yes, I know it IS interesting because they are an acidic fruit – but they actually alkalize your body!

  • Katie

    Is it normaly to get a stomach ache after having fresh ginger…. had it in a smoothie today and got terrible stomach pains? or could this just be the vitamins?

    • http://thebettyrocker.com BettyRocker

      Katie,
      No – the opposite actually. A few things can cause a stomach ache post smoothie – one is make sure you have really washed your greens and veggies. We have no control over where they’ve been before they get to us. Also, you mentioned “the vitamins” – did you take vitamins today, or are you adding vitamins to your smoothie? I don’t take any other than my daily Omega 3 personally, I prefer to get my vitamins from my food.
      Hope you feel better!
      -BR

  • http://g jeff

    I used to suffer from regular infection of inflenza and relied on antibiotics. I now take fresh lemons and in a few days the flu is gone

  • Lexi

    I’m eating half a lemon write now

  • Sarah

    Do you use the whole half a lemon when you make the avenger smoothie?

    • Sarah

      Or do you peel it first?

      • http://thebettyrocker.com BettyRocker

        It depends on the machine you’re using Sarah. When I have little fresh lemons from the tree here in California, and am using the Vitamix or Blendtec I can just throw them in whole and they blend in beautifully. If I was using a less high powered blender I would Slice it open and squeeze the juice from it in.

  • xvxvxvxv

    how many lemons a day can you eat? so it wouldnt be harmful to the teeth.

    • http://thebettyrocker.com/ Betty Rocker

      I don’t know exactly. I wouldn’t eat more than one a day – I usually just use a half or so a day.

  • hanan

    Please just let me this clear are lemons good for weightloss ??
    Like i eat a lemon a day with green tea or sometimes hot water …