The benefits of lemons –
Lemons are pretty amazing gifts of nature. If you are lucky enough to have a lemon tree in your garden then you are lucky indeed. Not many people know that the lemon often ceremoniously wedged and slashed and placed on the side of a drink or squeezed on the catch of the day is the only food according to The Reams Biological Ionization Theory (RBTI) that is anionic- has a negative charge. This makes it extremely beneficial for the body, as it is the interaction between anions and cations that ultimately provides all cell energy.
Fresh lemon juice is very close in atomic structure to human saliva, hydrochloric acid, bile and the stomach’s other digestive juices. This helps explain why lemons are such great detoxifiers having the ability to break down calcified substances including gallstones and kidney stones. Lemons also encourage the liver to produce bile, aiding digestion as well as acting as a diuretic (helps flush out unwanted materials in part because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body). The digestive qualities of lemon juice can help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, gas, bloating and help reduce water retention.
Fresh Lemon Juice is the key component to the master cleanse and not by accident. Lemons have the vital Enzymes that a body needs to detoxify but is also packed with vitamins and minerals. High in Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) which is a great anti-inflammatory and immune booster, potassium, folate (water-soluble B vitamin) saponins, calcium, magnesium, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene it also contains 22 anti-cancer compounds.
Fresh lemon juice really is a unique elixir. It is acidic, but when metabolized by the body it has an alkalizing effect because of the high levels of magnesium, calcium and potassium. Disease states only occur when the body PH is acidic. Keeping the body alkaline has been a great discovery to help combat cancer. If you drink lemon water (warm water with a few slices of lemon) regularly it can help to remove overall acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints, which is one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation.
Lemons have also been proven to have powerful antibacterial properties with experiments concluding that the juice of lemons has the ability to destroy the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases.
The talented lemon water can also curb the appetite (high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings) and is recommended to be drank half an hour before a meal if you want to eat less and lose weight. It can also be a great supplement if you are trying to reduce your coffee/caffeine intake and help lift your mood and energy. In fact in aromatherapy lemon oil is prized for it’s ability to brighten and uplift your mood, help clear your mind and is used to reduce anxiety and depression.
The alchemy is not just in the juice, the rind of the lemon is reported to contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself and is especially high in salvestrol Q40 and limonene (great at fighting cancerous cells).
So next time you have a bunch of organic lemons, wash them and freeze some. Once it is frozen you can grate the fruit onto any dish you want to zest it up from salads, rice, noodles, desert etc… Once you discover how great this is there is there will be no turning back!
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