Lemon: 11 uses and health benefits

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Lemon: 11 uses and health benefits
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Rich in vitamin C, lemon is reputed for providing the body with energy and for helping fight against certain illnesses or ailments such as coughs and colds. However, these are not its only benefits, and it can be used in numerous ways for promoting optimal health. Here are 11 such ways! 

Purifying effects

The sodium citrate and potassium citrate contained in lemons have a purifying effect on the body, which helps cleanse the blood of impurities and toxins, which are often responsible for digestive problems such as diarrhea.

Healing properties

Containing thrombin, a coagulant, lemon helps healing of the skin and of damaged blood vessels inside the body.

Good for circulation and blood pressure

Lemon helps thin the blood, which allows it to circulate better in the blood vessels, which promotes a reduction in blood pressure, and allows for higher levels of nutrients to more regularly reach the organ cells.

Full of vitamins: lemons provide energy

Lemon contains high levels of vitamin C, a little vitamin A, vitamins B1 and B2, bioflavonoids and pectin. We find around 50 mg of vitamin C in 100 g of lemon. But it also contains carotenoids and coumarins, which are powerful antioxidants.

Lemon can help regulate blood sugar levels, stimulate ovarian function, but overall it provides energy to the body.

Powerful antiseptic properties

The antiseptic properties in lemon help effectively and naturally treat around 20 germs or infections such as flus, colds, fever, urinary tract infections, kidney or bladder infections, etc.

Promotes the absorption of calcium

Far from de-calcifying the bones, citric acid helps the body to retain calcium and to absorb it. Calcium plays an important role in the development of the bones and teeth. 

Naturally regulates cholesterol

Lemon can regulate cholesterol levels in the blood, notably thanks to its purifying action. It also helps thin out the blood, but contrary to aspirin, it can rapidly improve the majority of heamorrhagic syndromes. For example, it is highly effective for nose bleeds.

Helps with gastric problems

Most often, the heartburn experienced following consuming lemon is linked to what you eat it with. Starches (pasta, white bread, white rice, etc.), sugar and alcohol are incompatible with lemon, which is why it should be eaten after you have digested these foods.

It is best to avoid consuming lemon first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, or less than two hours after a meal. Consumed at the right time, lemon in fact aids digestion.

A natural remedy for beautiful skin

The antioxidants in lemon help the skin appear younger, and balance the skin’s pH. In the case of blemishes (acne, spots, blackheads, etc.), cuts or wounds, lemon acts as an antiseptic and helps rapidly heal the skin.

Natural remedy for respiratory problems (coughs, colds, etc.)

For sore throats or respiratory problems, add a teaspoon of lemon to a half a tablespoon of honey and swallow it. This makes an excellent natural syrup.

Lemon juice is effective for reducing congestion of the nasal passageways and for eliminating the mucus that obstructs breathing.

A natural weight loss ally

According to a researcher in the University of Michigan, studies on lemon have shown that the vitamin C it contains helps reduce the levels of hormones that stimulate appetite in the brain.

Recommendation: always consume lemon at least 2 hours after a meal, and wait 20 minutes before consuming other foods afterwards.

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