How has healthy become so confusing and at times extremely costly? With all these new powders and fruits appearing with added health benefits. Do you sometimes wonder which one should I choose and use?
This is all about the simple lovely Lemon.
Lemons are packed with numerous health benefiting nutrients.
- They contains zero saturated fats or cholesterol, but are good source of dietary fibre.
- Lemon’s acidic taste is because of citric acid. Citric acid constitutes up to 8% in its juice. Citric acid is a natural preservative and may aid in smooth digestion,
- Lemons are a great source of Vitamin C.
- Lemons can act as an antioxidant (contain Vitamin A), free radical scavenger, anti-inflammatory, and immune system modulator.
- Vitamin A also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential for vision.
- The fruit is also a good source of B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, and folates. B vitamins are water soluble so cannot be stored for long by the body. So it is essential we maintain a healthy intake. Can support stress response and the breakdown of food.
- Further, they carry a healthy amount of minerals like iron, copper, potassium, and calcium. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids helps control heart rate and blood pressure.
Citrus fruits, as such, have long been valued for their wholesome nutritious and antioxidant properties. Although for various reasons I may suggest that they are temporary eliminated from a daily food intake due to their acidic nature.
Lemons do not fall into this category. There is often misunderstanding of lemon’s pH outside the body versus inside the body.
Outside the body, lemon juice is acidic (pH is below 7). Inside the body however, when lemon juice has been fully metabolized and its minerals are dissociated in the bloodstream, its effect is alkalizing and therefore raises the pH of body tissue (pH above 7 is alkaline.
So a great way to start the day is with Hot Water and Fresh Lemon to flush out those toxins and wake up the digestive tract.
Give it a go…try and replace that morning caffeine kick with a healthy alternative.
Please consult a health professional before making any changes to your daily food intake.