Lemons are an amazingly versatile fruit. They can be used in virtually any dish, add flavor to various beverages, and – another hidden bonus – they are made up of components that are beneficial for a number of areas of your health. Listed below are six ways that lemons are super fruits for a healthy body.
There is acid in lemon juice that is very similar to the natural acids produced in the stomach. Consuming this juice helps to keep the digestive system functioning properly by helping food to absorb quickly and accurately. Because of lemon juice’s power with the digestive tract, it is also useful for people who suffer from bloating, indigestion, heartburn, and constipation.
Lemon juice, preferably fresh-squeezed lemon juice, has anti-inflammatory components, so mixed with vitamin C of course it would be great for itching and swelling. Lemon also has volatile oil, which is great for inflammation because it causes a sort of slight numbing sensation.
3. Immune System Boost
Lemons contain vitamin C, which is key in fighting germs that could cause you to get sick. It also has antibacterial components, which makes lemons great for throat infections, respiratory infections, and even fevers.
Another interesting thing about lemon juice is that it is a natural diuretic, meaning that it makes you urinate frequently. Regular consumption of the juice can help you eliminate wastes more often and in larger quantities. Your urinary tract and liver will thank you for it!
5. Oral Health
Lemon also has disinfecting agents, making it a great option for those who struggle with bad breath and suffer from various issues with their teeth. Drinking a warm cup of lemon water in the morning should suffice, but be careful – too much can erode tooth enamel.
6. Skin Health
As stated in another Fitness Republic article, lemon juice has antibacterial properties, is a natural astringent, and has vitamin C and citric acid. All of those things combine together to make lemons great for dry and/or oily skin, age spots, acne, exfoliation, and even skin brightening!