9 Incredible Health & Healing Benefits of the Lemon
Lemons are no ordinary household fruit. In their natural state they're acidic, but once metabolised they create an alkaline-rich environment in the body, which helps to repel disease.
Lemons are one of nature's most potent natural detoxifying agents.
Here, we’re going to reveal nine amazing and lesser-known ways that lemons can boost your health and healing, but the list doesn’t end here.
From your skin to heart health, immune and digestive systems, lemons do a lot more than just smell fresh and hang decoratively on your glass of ice water - they're a key food you should embrace for health and longevity.
Lemons are the only food on earth that contain "an-ions" (every other whole food contains "cat-ions"). Your liver produces "an-ions" known as bile which helps to release toxins and metabolic waste. That's why lemons have significance when it comes to restoring your liver to its highest functional capacity.
Keep reading to find out more reasons why lemons and lemon juice should become an integral part of your everyday routine...
1. Improve Heart Health
Your heart health is incredibly important; in fact, heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in adults. Finding natural remedies that are preventative to many types of heart disease is important, especially as you age.
Lemons are exactly that, and therefore are an absolute must as part of your everyday self care routine.
Their high vitamin C content helps reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, while the citrus fibre in lemons can also lower blood cholesterol levels.
2. Boost Immune System
If you’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, your immune system could be to blame.
Lemons are rich in Vitamin C, which is vital for a healthy immune system and for helping to clear out congestion.
Lemons also have antiviral and antibiotic properties, which can help with bacterial growth and infections with everything from throat infections to chest coughs. If you’ve got a sore throat, try mixing hot water, lemon juice, and honey for soothing and effective relief.
For an added boost, try Nature’s Silver Bullet Immunity Booster for both external and internal use of ailments that need immune support.
Learn more in Immune System: Top Immunity-Boosting Foods.
3. Improve Digestion
Digestive issues plague many people, and one of the most important natural remedies that can assist are lemons and lemon juice.
Lemons are rich in pectins and natural acids which boost gut health because they break down stored proteins and plaque in the digestive tract.
A healthy habit to get into for long term digestive health, is to start your day with the juice of one fresh lemon, mixed with 500ml to 1 litre of clean water when you rise (add a pinch of celtic salt for additional electrolytes and cleansing qualities).
Add lemon juice to salad dressings regularly.
Learn more tips for digestive health in 5 Tips for Better Digestion & Less Bloat.
4. Prevent Kidney Stones
If you’ve never had kidney stones before, you’ll want to keep it that way.
Luckily, lemon juice can actually help prevent kidney stones, since the citric acid in lemons helps block the stones from forming, whilst also increasing your urination to prevent stone-causing minerals from settling and bonding in your kidneys.
Consume at least two glasses of lemon water a day to help prevent recurring kidney stones.
5. Stabilise Hunger & Increase Energy
If you’re having trouble lasting between meals but want to avoid snacking, try lemon water to get you through.
The lemon’s natural acids help to balance your blood sugar so that you feel stabilised and less tempted to reach for treats. As well, you’ll feel a helpful burst of energy to get you through the mid-afternoon slump, since the Vitamin C in lemon helps the body absorb iron, and too little iron can leave you worn down and exhausted (particularly when you add a pinch or two of nature made salt)
Learn more: How To Curb Constant Hunger
6. Improve Skin Quality
Lemon isn’t just good for you to eat, but it’s actually incredibly beneficial for your skin.
Because lemons are so rich in Vitamin C and citric acid, they can be used as a skin brightener over time to reduce dark spots. Lemons are also a natural astringent, so the juice can be used as a toner to minimise oily skin, and they have natural antibacterial properties which can help prevent breakouts and acne.
Best of all, the high Vitamin C content and antioxidant properties of lemons can boost collagen in the skin by fighting off free radicals that damage collagen, which is responsible for supple, soft skin. If you’re concerned about wrinkles and fine lines, lemons can be a natural anti-ageing solution (so you don’t have to worry about added chemicals in your skincare line) that are both affordable and convenient.
Learn more in Why Diet is Key to Glowing Skin
7. Increase Iron Stores
As mentioned earlier, lemons can boost your overall energy since Vitamin C is needed for the body to absorb iron.
Lemons also contain some iron, but more importantly, they help the body absorb iron from plant-based sources more easily. Since the body easily absorbs iron from meat, following a plant-based diet can cause your iron stores to dip and lead to exhaustion and even anaemia.
By consuming more Vitamin C from lemons, you can increase your absorption of iron from plant-based sources to ensure you’re getting as much as possible.
8. Boost Hydration
While lemons in themselves don’t technically increase your hydration, lemon juice is a tasty addition to water which can encourage you to drink more of it.
If you struggle to drink enough plain water, add lemon juice and salt and you have a natural electrolyte drink, free of chemical colours and preservatives, that are common in most of today's big brand sports drinks.
This way, not only will you tend to increase your water intake, but you'll also reap other benefits like healthier skin, hair, and nails, as well as feeling full longer to reduce snacking, better internal organ functioning, increase the number of calories you burn, and so much more.
Learn more in Water: Nature’s Best & Why It’s Critical to Life.
9. Cleanse Naturally
If you’ve ever stopped to read the labels of popular cleaning products, you’re probably convinced of the need to switch to natural cleaning products.
With so many dangerous chemicals, it can be alarming what we’re choosing to clean our fridges, benches, sinks, surfaces and floors with.
Lemon is naturally antibacterial and antiseptic, making it the perfect cleaning agent when added to other ingredients like essential oils and water. You can effectively clean your home without worrying about the effects that these cleaning products are having on yours and your family’s health.
As an alternative to fresh lemon juice, you can also use Pure Lemon Essential Oil.
Tip: use lemon to freshen your breath naturally and quickly or to neutralise strong smells from your hands like onion and garlic.
Lemons aren’t a miracle cure-all, but they're a powerful health and healing booster that are a must for your self care.
Used both internally and externally, lemons and lemon juice can jump-start the healing process and improve a variety of bodily functions for overall better health.
Be sure to add a big bag of lemons to your shopping trolley at your local supermarket or farmer's market this week!
Tolman Self Care.