As the old saying goes, when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. They have a variety of purposes and using them in your drinks, wellness products and food dishes is easier than you might think! One of the biggest benefits of this day is that people start to see that there are more to lemons than just lemonade. But don’t just drink the juice: use the oil from the rind to make a nontoxic insect repellent or spray the juice on your hair to give it a lighter, sun-kissed colour! The options for lemons are endless!
Drinking a little every day can help prevent kidney stones. Having some first thing in the morning promotes digestion and a speedy metabolism. If you are feeling a cold coming on, put a little lemon juice and honey in some warm water to sooth your throat. It can even help lessen a high temperature.
The uses for lemon juice are almost endless. Remove smudges and stains on glass with the juice in a spray bottle or sponge. Add some juice to your laundry to make whites even whiter. It will even preserve fruits and vegetables—just squirt a little lemon juice on them to keep them from browning.
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They are high in vitamin C, fiber, and various beneficial plant compounds. These nutrients are responsible for several health benefits. In fact, lemons may support heart health, weight control, and digestive health.
Lemons are often promoted as a weight loss food. It is believed that the soluble pectin fiber in them expands in your stomach, helping you feel full for longer. That said, not many people eat lemons whole. And because the zingy juice contains no pectin, lemon juice drinks will not promote fullness in the same way.
Kidney stones are small lumps that form when waste products crystallize and build up in your kidneys. They are quite common, and people who get them often get them repeatedly. Citric acid may help prevent kidney stones by increasing urine volume and increasing urine pH, creating a less favourable environment for kidney stone formation. Just a 1/2-cup of lemon juice per day may provide enough citric acid to help prevent stone formation in people who have already had them.
Iron deficiency anaemia is quite common. It occurs when you don’t get enough iron from the foods you eat. Lemons contain some iron, but they primarily prevent anaemia by improving your absorption of iron from plant foods. Because lemons contain both vitamin C and citric acid, they may protect against anemia by ensuring that you absorb as much iron as possible from your diet.
So, if Lemon Juice Day sounds like something to take part in, get the lemonade stand ready and the baking equipment out. Or, add it into a wellness routine to add that little extra something.