A lemon a day is enough (regular intake is more important than quantity)
Doctor Penny Stanway (author of the book The miracle of lemons) claims that lemon is a miracle food. Lemon is the best if we want to quench thirst, but it helps to solve many other health problems and diseases. However, one lemon a day is quite enough because regular intake is more important than quantity.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) – potassium from lemons helps regulate body fluids, and magnesium relaxes the arteries. Flavonoids are nutrients that give lemon its yellow color, strengthen capillaries and facilitate the flow of oxygen in the body (thus protecting blood vessel health). Vitamin C from one small lemon can increase the level of nitrogen gas (which signals the human body to relax and dilate blood vessels). Lemon juice is similar to some drugs used to lower blood pressure, ACE inhibitors (because it inhibits the formation of the hormone angistin in the kidneys).
Coughing-this fruit acts as an expectorant (stimulates the expulsion of secretions from the bronchi), so it is indispensable during colds and flu. A five-year study of more than 63,000 users in Singapore showed that a diet rich in fiber from fruits can alleviate chronic cough. Flavonoids have antioxidant effects, so they protect the lungs from inflammatory conditions and reduce tissue damage. Drink lemonade to relieve a cough. Or, cut half a lemon into thin slices, add cracked flax seeds (also known as an expectorant). Cook gently for 20 minutes in half a liter of water. Strain and add honey.
Losing body weight – with lemon juice, unwanted kilograms melt more easily and prevents weight from accumulating in the wrong places – say experts. Drink lemon juice in the morning on an empty stomach (for best results). This is how metabolism is stimulated and calories will not “stick” to critical zones.
Varicose veins-lemon can act as a tonic for veins (because it strengthens and shrinks the walls of the veins as well as being anti-inflammatory). Massage your feet with almond oil or another base oil to which you have added 2 drops of lemon, 2 drops of lavender (get white, not yellow-colored oil) and 3 drops of cypress oil.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that requires persistent and long-term systematic treatment. It seems paradoxical, but lemon juice (that is, citric acid) can relieve skin dryness and reduce skin peeling. At the same time, it helps restore the skin’s moisture and promotes the removal of the dead layer of cells. Apply lemon juice to the area affected by psoriasis several times a day. Be in the sun for a few minutes. Increase your time in the sun over a couple of weeks. Lemon juice is rich in psoralens (natural ingredients from plants that are sensitive to UVA rays and react on skin cells). Dermatologists prescribe them orally or topically on the skin in combination with UVA therapy in the case of psoriasis.
Stings and bites – a wasp sting is irritating because it creates an alkaline environment, so the acid from the lemon will help. It can also reduce the reaction after a mosquito bite. Soak the gauze with lemon juice and apply it to the puncture site. Repeat as needed.
Urinary tract infections – an unhealthy diet worsens problems with an inflammatory state of the bladder (because acidic urine increases pain). Normal urine pH is 6.0 pH, but the reference interval is 4.5-8.0. Metabolizing lemon juice in the human body has a slightly alkalizing effect. Consume the juice of half a lemon 2 to 3 times a day. Lemon can also be used as a substitute for vinegar. The salad will liven up, and lemon can be added to various pasta sauces, fruit salads (cut fruit stays fresh longer and does not change color) and fish.
Gallstones – About 80% of gallstones are made up of cholesterol (which is formed when the liver or bile cannot successfully remove it). Gallbladder contractions can be weakened due to a lack of stomach acid (due to aging, stress or taking certain medications). This explains the reduced, regular emptying of the gallbladder and the retention of bile that is deposited in cholesterol stones. That is why it is recommended to eat acidic foods before meals (because acidic foods can mimic stomach acid and stimulate the stomach bag to contract and expel its contents). Lemon is ideal for this.
Digestion-lemon is a rich source of pectin (fibers that turn into a gel in the intestine and facilitate contractions). On the other hand, cellulose attracts water, which facilitates digestion. Include lemon in your daily diet for all of the above.
8 useful facts about lemons
- The fresh outer part of the lemon peel is included in the composition of various tinctures and extracts for making liqueurs
- It is used as a sedative and antispasmodic
- Perfectly corrects taste and smell
- It is rich in vitamin C, which protects against infections, strengthens bones and connective tissue, reduces the tendency to burst capillaries
- Increases the assimilation of iron from food due to its richness in vitamin C. That’s why lemon is good to take with foods rich in iron.
- It also contains all B group vitamins that are necessary for the balance of the nervous system
- The juice mixed with honey helps with angina and canker sores
- Lemon flower gives hair shine and is an ingredient in the best hair shampoos.