What Are the Benefits of Lemons?

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Hot lemonade has been used for the flu since the Roman empire. Lemons are very acidic and makes a great deterrent to bacteria and viruses, but highly alkalizing to the body when digested. This is because lemons are high in vitamin C, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and an excellent expectorant. Lemons also contains a plethora of other nutrients that are good for the body such as phosphorus, sodium, zinc, copper, selenium and iron. As an essential oil, the lemon is a great astringent for oily skin and acne (Kennedy, 2016).

The benefits of lemons have been touted as a remedy for many things including fever, teeth whitener as well as an additive for many foods and medications. This is not a suggestion to stop seeing your physician if you have any of these issues but lemon can be used as a supplement to assist you in your journey of wellness.

I drink lemon water regularly and keep it in the refrigerator so I can start my day with a boast of vitamin C in the morning. You can chose to drink lemonade hot or cold. I drink hot lemonade as an alternative to coffee and tea when I want something warm to drink without the caffeine. It is easy to make, chop a whole lemon and placed it in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes, strain, add honey and fresh ginger. Both are refreshing and beneficial for the body.

Enjoy and stay well!


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Woloshyn, T. (2007). The Complete Master Cleanse: A Step-by-Step Guide to Maximizing the Benefits of the Lemonade Diet.

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, MSN RN

I am an registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management, quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information. Stay Well!

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