There are many health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries. Two of the biggest are lemons’ strong antibacterial, antiviral and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid, because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser.
Here are our top 3 reasons to love lemons:
1. Supports the immune system:
The juice of half a lemon in a glass of water is rich in vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system and assists the body in fighting colds and flu. Nutritionist Michele Chevalley Hedge says lemon also enhances the body’s ability to absorb iron, an important nutrient for a healthy immune system. “Vitamin C may increase non-heme iron bioavailability fourfold,” Chevalley Hedge says. “This refers to iron availability in the body from non-meat sources.”
2. Lemon aids weight loss.
Did you know that if your body is out of balance it is incredibly difficult to lose weight? Having a happy, healthy body and mind is one of the fastest ways to weight loss. Lemons are alkaline forming, a more alkaline diet makes for a happier person, and according to Eating Well Magazine, people with more alkaline diets tend to lose weight faster. Also, lemons contain pectin fibre, which helps set your body back to normal hunger levels.
3. Detoxifies the liver:
Lemon water (the juice of half a lemon in a glass of water) acts as a liver cleanser by assisting in detoxification. It purifies and stimulates the liver by encouraging the production of bile, an acid required for digestion. Lemon water can also help control excess bile flow, decrease the amount of phlegm produced by the body and assist in dissolving gallstones.