I grew up around family members that believed every ailment was cured with a prescription drug and natural cures either didn’t exist or were too slow to be bothered with. When I became an adult, I started making my own medical decisions and researching natural methods of curing illnesses. One of the first things I discovered was the amazing benefits of lemon for a common cold.
A cup of lemon with added honey not only aided in relieving symptoms from the common cold, but it was much healthier than living off a bag of sweetened cough drops for a week.
Nutritional value of lemons
Lemons are packed full of amazing nutrients and vitamins, including vitamin B and C, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and fiber. Did you know that there is more potassium in a single lemon than in a handful of grapes or an apple? Replacing your morning coffee with a hot cup of lemon water feels amazing and here’s why:
1. Immunity booster
When you’re feeling down and your body is running on hopes and dreams, Vitamin C is an excellent immunity booster and lemons are full of it. Experts recommend taking extra vitamin C during especially stressful days as it’s the first thing in your body to decrease during a stress-induced illness.
Potassium is an important mineral that helps regulate the muscles in your body. When you’re feeling weak, or have cramped muscle aches, chances are your body is low on potassium . Not only is potassium good for your muscles, it is also beneficial for your heart, brain and nervous system. A freshly-squeezed lemon contains approximately 138mg of potassium, excluding the peel.
3. Relieves Bloating + Heartburn
Lemon juice relieves several symptoms of indigestion like heartburn, gas, and bloating.
When lemon juice is mixed with warm water, it becomes a gentle laxative and helps to release excess salt retained in the body.
Lemon juice keeps your liver healthy and cleansed, promoting a healthier digestive system. It also enhances enzyme function within your body which helps flush out toxins, by cleaning your colon.
5. Natural Breath Freshener
There’s a reason that natural household cleaning solutions are made with lemon juice. Not only does lemon juice smell fresh but it also fights off gingivitis and toothaches too.
6. Clears Skin
Have you ever used lemon juice to lighten your hair under the sun? It has the same effect on your skin’s age spots when applied topically. The antioxidants in lemon juice aid in fighting acne as well, leaving your skin looking you and radiant.
7. Weight Loss
While it’s not a diet in itself, lemons contain what is called pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings. Lemon juice also aids in weightloss by increasing your body’s metabolismm. Drinking lemon juice after waking up in the morning can kickstart you body’s metabolism.
8. Reduces Inflammation
Lemon juice helps to remove uric acid in your bone joints, which causes inflammation and irritation. Drinking lemon juice decreases your body’s acidity levels in your stomach, muscles, and joints.
9. Energy Boost
The fresh scent of lemon juice helps calm your nerves and provides your body with a boost of energy. Starting your day with a glass of lemon water can give you the boost you need to take on a long day at the office or at home.
10. Fights Infections
Lemon water is an excellent way of fighting viral infections like the common cold and reduces cold symptoms like a sore throat. Add a dollop of honey to a warm glass of water for extra throat-soothing affects and feel better instantly.