Lemon-flavoured candy has never been my thing.
Always the last of the Lifesavers to be eaten or wrapped hard candy in the bowl, lemon gets last place.
However, those lemon bars sprinkled with icing sugar that are usually present at church potlucks or baby showers, freshly squeezed lemonade, a chicken recipe with lemon, Meyer lemon tea or lemon sorbet are total wins.
Besides the great taste of real fresh lemon, it’s a fruit with many health benefits as well.
Here are 5 reasons to incorporate more fresh (organic) lemon into your life:
1.) It’s good for your heart.
“Research shows that eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke.
However, it’s not only the vitamin C that is thought to be good for your heart. The fiber and plant compounds in lemons could also significantly lower some risk factors for heart disease.
For instance, one study revealed that eating 24 grams of citrus fibre extract daily for a month reduced total blood cholesterol levels. Plant compounds found in lemons — namely hesperidin and diosmin — have also been found to lower cholesterol.”- healthline.com
2.) Lemons are full of vitamin C.
This vitamin is an “antioxidant nutrient that helps the immune system work properly, aids wound healing and enhances iron absorption from plant foods.”- theglobeandmail.com
3.) Helps with daily hydration.
Considering most people don’t drink nearly enough water as needed for their bodies to function each day, infusing your water with lemon and other natural flavours keeps things interesting and enticing to consume.
4.) Lemon freshens your breath.
The strong citrus properties of lemon help eliminate those unwanted odors. Cinnamon and tea tree mouthwashes mixed in with lemon juice also help with this.
5.) Lemon metabolizes into alkaline.
Our bodies are supposed to be in a balanced pH state. I would bet most humans…at least on a common North American diet (aka the Canadian Food Guide)…are in the acidic range.
All illness lives and thrives in acidic environments so it’s important to understand how to help your cause. There’s a reason our generation is the most sickly of any generation and this can be attributed to what is put on and in the body as well as stress of various kinds.
Yes lemon is ‘acidic’ as is, but when eaten…the benefits of this fruit and how it metabolizes in the body are many.
“Lemon juice in its natural state is acidic with a pH of about 2, but once metabolized it actually becomes alkaline with a pH well above 7. So, outside the body, anyone can see that lemon juice is very acidic. However, once fully digested, its effect is proven to be alkalizing with many health benefits.”- inclinedental.com
There is much information out there on pH levels and how it matters to your health. If hearing about this is new to you, I would highly recommend learning more about it.