I bought a bunch of Lemons! I honestly bought them because I saw a smoothie recipe with lemons that sounded pretty good. Years ago I didn’t understand the hype about putting a lemon on your water glass when eating out. I figured it was a smooth way for the restaurant to mask crappy water or for fancy people to show off! Years later, when I became more health conscious I pieced together the link between eating lemons or vinegar to balance. Because they contain a high amount of citric acid, lemons have an acidic pH. Like other fruits, lemon juice produces alkaline byproducts once it has been metabolized. This is why some people consider lemon juice to be alkaline despite the fact that it has an acidic pH before it is digested. Scientist generally claim that alkalizing foods prevent bone loss and have the ability to prevent or treat cancer.
Lemons boost your immune system. Here is a recipe for a hot lemon-ginger toddy that will give your body a kick. More recipes to come in our Food section of P&G Style.
Garlic-Ginger Immune Booster
This remedy is recommended for those people who love the taste of garlic! It works great when you begin to develop a scratchy throat, mild chills, and sinus congestion. The ginger and garlic help warm your core body temperature, and all of the ingredients boost your immune system to help you ward off the common cold. If you’re adventurous and love everything that garlic has to offer, when you have finished drinking the liquid you can add more honey and stir the cut garlic and ginger together and eat the leftover pieces with a spoon. With the addition of honey, the garlic actually goes down easily.
· 1 garlic clove
· 1, 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
· ½ organic lemon
· 1-2 tsp of honey (raw, unpasteurized if possible)
Finely chop the garlic clove and the piece of ginger and put into a mug. Squeeze in the lemon half and pour in 1 cup boiling water. Stir in 1-2 tsp of honey to desired sweetness. Cover and let sit until it is cool enough to drink (roughly 10 minutes).
Makes 1 serving.
Nutrition Facts (per serving): Calories 30, Fat 0 g, Carbs 25 g, Fiber 9 g, Protein .3 g
Curing bad breath with a lemon rinse has been used for generations. The acidic content in lemons prevents growth of bacteria in your mouth. Plus, its strong pleasant smell helps mask the bad odor. Just stir one tablespoon of lemon juice into a cup of water and rinse your mouth with it.
Because lemon juice's atomic structure is similar to the digestive juices found in the stomach, it tricks the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving through your body and gastrointestinal tract smoothly. Lemon water also helps relieve indigestion or ease an upset stomach.
Lemons are loaded with vitamin C and have a natural antioxidant property. Drinking lemon water in the morning will help kick-start you liver, which is your body’s main organ for detoxification. I know people too who have reported that switching to honey water in the morning instead of coffee has helped them not only kick the caffeine habit but also improve their energy level without the caffeine jitters. Other benefits include promoting clear skin.
Lemons have antioxidant properties that also help boost your skin’s collagen level. Enlist the power of lemon. Antioxidants and natural exfoliating acids in lemon juice help fade the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Mix about one teaspoon lemon juice with one teaspoon yogurt, apply to clean skin, and let dry for 15-30 minutes. When you rinse off, you should notice a lifting, tightening effect. The mixture also is great for treating acne.
One bad thing about drinking acidic lemons is the claim that over time it is bad for your teeth. Rinsing your mouth with lemon juice or vinegar is excellent for removing plaque from your teeth and if done before brushing, can help clean and whiten them but over time too much acid will take the enamel off of your teeth. If you are worries about exposing your teeth to too much, drinking your lemon water with a straw helps.
Overall lemons are a good thing! So when life gives you lemons, drink the lemon water! (lemonade is delicious but has too much sugar!)
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