Some people may see lemon as nothing more than a garnish, others might be experienced cooks and use it to give flavour to their dishes.
Whichever end of the scale you're at, you deserve to know the benefits of the simplest, inexpensive, most beneficial recipe ever:
lemon + water
This easy to make drink can have a big impact on your health. Here's why:
- Lemons are a rich source of vitamin C
- They also contain vitamin B, riboflavin, calcium, magnesium, proteins, carbohydrates and other vitamins and minerals
- Lemon water can relieve indigestion such as: heartburn, bloating, belching, gas, nausea and constipation
- When you have a cold, lemon water cuts down phlegm and acts as an antibacterial in your throat
- Consumed daily, lemon water is great for your skin - anti-aging and reduces acne!
- Helps protect against bad breath
- Aids weight loss
- Strengthens the liver
- Prevents and helps to cure urinary tract infections
- Purifies the blood with antioxidants
- Helps the body process sugar
- Cleans out the intestines and gets things 'moving along'
- Tooth aches, gingivitis and other mouth/gum problems can be relieved by lemon water - the antiseptic properties will aid healing, and any bleeding, swelling and pain is said to be alleviated as well
- Can help break a fever
- Reduces high cholesterol
- Very alkalizing for the body
I could keep going, but I'll let you discover some of the benefits for yourself. I know if I've eaten too much chocolate or sugar and along with regret I've gotten a 'sugar' induced headache - a glass of lemon water is the cure. I've also used lemon water to alleviate heartburn, bloating, sore throat and other problems - so I can attest to its power!
So how much is enough?
The average person can have one to two glasses of lemon water a day. Use the juice of half a lemon for each glass. People over 155 lbs can use a whole lemon per glass.
- If it's just too tart for you, add some honey. Honey may be sweet, but its benefits are endless as well.
- Start small. Use a slice of lemon first and build up until you can handle the juice of half a lemon.
- Use a straw! The citric acid in lemons might have an small adverse effect on teeth enamel after prolonged use.