Sure they are sour, but the humble lemon is home to an abundance of health benefits.
While they might not be your favourite food, lemons have a large number of health benefits. Image credit: Aureliy Movila/sxc.hu
Surprisingly, lemons contain a large amount of sugar. Despite how they taste, it's true. The good news is that the sugar contained within a lemon is the good kind, the kind your body needs for energy, so it's not as bad as refined sugars.
Additionally, lemons contain a great deal of citric acid, one of the life essentials in all types of cells. It charges the body with vitamin C, which immediately boosts your immune system.
Lastly, their high levels of potassium will give your brain a boost, as potassium helps with your concentration. It'll also help ease blood pressure and help maintain your body's water balance (which is an extra benefit for relief of bloating and period-related water retention).
Adding lemon to water and drinking it regularly can help detox your liver and improve your metabolism. Image Credit:Get Wired/sxc.hu
Feeling a bit under the weather? It's common to use lemons and honey to battle against a sore throat. And if you're not a fan if tea, you can simple mix lemon juice with hot water and honey and use it for gargling, as it will help kill unpleasant bacteria in the throat.
Detoxing? Many nutritional experts believe that lemon juice will greatly assist in detoxing your liver. Drinking lemon juice and water, when consumed regularly enough (like a glass every day before breakfast), cleanses both the liver and intestines, resulting in improved metabolism.
Lemons can also be a worthwhile addition to your beauty regime.
The acidity of a lemon on your skin can help with acne and blackheads. Applying lemon juice to the affected area can help kill bacteria on your skin, don't forget to rinse with water!
Over the years many women and men have used lemon to lighten their skin. It's often used against age/sun spots and unevenness of the skin tone. Lemon juice will also whiten teeth. Mix it with a bit of baking soda and put it on your teeth (just a tiny bit will do!) After a few applications you should notice them getting whiter.
Bug bites? Lemon juice can assist with irritated skin and disinfection. Image credit Hummosak/sxc.hu
People are using lemons on insect bites, as they contain one of the most powerful natural acids. So good, it provides good disinfection and soothes irritated skin - lots of today's commercial insect repellents contain lemon extracts.
The numerous health benefits of the humble lemon are inimitable, so start findings ways to incorporate lemons into your daily life.