When life gives you lemons… add them to water!
This popular, brightly coloured fruit packs a punch when it comes to nutritonal value. While the sour intensity prevents many from using it as a solo ingredient, it can be added to food and drink in various ways to reap the benefits.
The Nutritional Value
Lemons are high in Vitamin C and flavonoids so they have a positive reputation for their antioxidant powers, which are beneficial for overall health and in promoting a healthy metabolism.
Lemons contain electrolytes which help hydrate the body. With the high magnesium and potassium content, they can also benefit the nervous system and in some cases studies suggest this can resultantly improve depression and anxiety symptoms a little where they arise in part from low potassium levels.
More studies need to be done on the extent of their benefits, but there’s good potential for benefit given the nutritional elements of lemons.
3 Key Benefits
- It’s thought that lemon juice added to water can help lower blood pressure, while cleansing arteries and blood vessels. It’s also been shown to help decrease the risk of ischemic stroke.
- Lemons help refresh and nourish the skin to promote a clearer, brighter complexion. Vitamin C is also important for collagen formation, while topical or natural ingestion can aid skin healing from pollution and sun damage.
- Many praise lemons for their anti-inflammatory properties, making them beneficial for the likes of throat infections, joint pain and even muscle aches.
How To Use The Lemons Life Gives You
I would say this is up to individual preference, however many insist that optimal benefit is seen from adding the juice of half a squeezed lemon to warm water in the morning on an empty stomach. Whether morning, noon or night to warm or cold water, increasing Vitamin C is beneficial for the body, so go for what works for you.
Lemons are very versatile. Try the juice for lemonades or salad dressings, lemon slices in drinks or alongside roast meat, or use the peel in preserves. You can also get lemon essential oil for ease of use when out and about, or lemon-enriched teas to add a little zest to your daily cuppa.
Due to their acidic nature, dilute lemon juice with water and consider using a straw for your drinks.
How do you like your lemons?