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Health Benefits and Uses of Lemon (Citrus × limon)

Lemon is a fruit native to an evergreen tree in Asia. This citrus fruit is used all over the world as more than just an ingredient that brings out flavor in dishes. Lemon is actually considered one of the healthiest foods out there, as it is rich in vitamin C and contains bioflavonoid. Flavonoid is an antioxidant that carries cancer-fighting properties. This flavonoid compound also works great as an antibiotic.

When the cholera epidemic broke out in West Africa, the incorporation of lemon in the diet protected against contracting the virus. In addition to enhancing flavor and working as a remedy for countless ailments, lemon is commonly used cosmetically for healthy hair and skin.

Health Benefits of Lemon

For use in medicine, all parts of the lemon is used. Lemon’s richness in vitamin C helps treat scurvy—an illness caused by deficiency of vitamin C. It is commonly used to treat cold and flu symptoms, as well as aid in digestion. It helps maintain good weight and liver health. Lemon also works to treat symptoms associated with Meniere’s disease, like the ringing in the ears. Lemon is great for detoxing and your immune system.

Cosmetically, lemon on the skin evens skin tone, reduces blemishes, scars, and the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. For the hair, it adds shine and softens the hair.

Health Benefits of Drinking Warm Lemon Water in the Morning

Aids Digestion. Lemon is high in vitamins and minerals and helps loosen ama (toxins) in the digestive tract. It also encourages bile production in the liver which aids digestion.

Diuretic. Lemon increases the rate of urination which helps flush out unwanted materials from the system.

Balances pH Levels. Though lemon is acidic, when it reaches inside the body it becomes alkaline. Lemon also contains ascorbic and citric acids which metabolize from the body, allowing its mineral content to alkalize the blood.

Enhances Mood & Energizes. Lemon contains negative ions which interact with negatively charged enzymes, providing the body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract. The scent of lemon also enhances mood.

Promotes Healing. Lemon is packed with vitamin C, which promotes wound healing, and is an important nutrient in the maintenance of connective tissue, cartilage, and healthy bones.

Hydrates the Lymphatic System. Lemon water replenishes the immune system by replacing and hydrating lost fluids. Dehydration symptoms include: constipation, lack of mental clarity, low or high blood pressure, lack of energy, feeling tired, lack of energy, insomnia, feeling stressed, and more.

How to Use Lemon

Lemon can be added to almost any dish, including breakfast, lunch and dinners. Drinking a glass of lemon water in the morning boosts your metabolism right from the start of your day. A few squirts of this fruit can also be added to your morning tea.

Cosmetically, it can either be applied directly to your face or hair, or used as an ingredient in face wash, face and hair masks, hair rinse, and so much more. A lemon face mask is easy to make at home. Mix honey, yogurt and a squirt of lemon juice. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse.

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