9 health conditions that one lemon a day solves
Citrus have the best (and lowest) price in markets and stores during the winter because they are a winter fruit. You should use all the benefits of lemon. One lemon a day is enough.
Regular consumption is more important than the quantity of lemons (says doctor Penny Stanway, author of the book “The miracle of lemons”)
- Lemon for high blood pressure (hypertension) – potassium from lemon helps regulate body fluids while magnesium relaxes the arteries. Flavonoids are nutrients that give lemons their yellow color. They strengthen the capillaries and facilitate the flow of oxygen to the body. Thus they protect blood vessel health. Vitamin C from one lemon can increase levels of nitrogen gas (which signals our 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 production of the hormone angistin in the kidneys.
- Cough-lemon acts as an expectorant (stimulates the expulsion of secretions from the bronchi), so it is indispensable during flu and colds. A 5-year survey was conducted among 63,000 respondents from Singapore. Research has shown that a diet rich in fiber from fruits can alleviate chronic cough. Flavonoids (which have antioxidant properties) protect the lungs from inflammatory conditions and reduce tissue damage. Drink lemon juice or eat sliced lemons to relieve coughing. Cut half a lemon into slices and add flax seeds (also known as an expectorant). Cook slowly in half a liter of water. Strain and add honey.
- Loss of body weight – with lemon juice, body weight is lost more easily and prevents accumulation in the wrong places – say experts. Drink lemon juice in the morning after a meal – for best results. Thus, metabolism is stimulated, calories are not stuck to critical places on the body.
- Varicose veins-lemon can act as a tonic for veins (because it strengthens and shrinks the vein walls and is anti-inflammatory). Massage your feet with almond oil (or another base oil) to which you add 2 drops of lemon, 2 drops of lavender (use white oil and not colored yellow lavender oil) and 3 drops of cypress oil.
- Psoriasis – psoriasis is a skin disease that requires persistent and long-term systematic treatment. Lemon juice (that is, citric acid) can relieve skin dryness and reduce skin peeling. At the same time, it helps restore the skin’s vitality and encourages the removal of the dead layer of cells. Apply lemon juice several times a day to the area affected by psoriasis. Stay in the sun for a few minutes. Increase the time you spend in the sun over a couple of weeks. Lemon juice is rich in psoralens (natural ingredients from plants that are very sensitive to UV rays and react with skin cells). Dermatologists prescribe it topically or orally on the skin in combination with UVA therapy for psoriasis.
- Stings and bites – a wasp sting irritates because it creates an alkaline environment, so lemon acid will help. Lemon juice can reduce the reaction of the skin after a mosquito bite. Soak the gauze with lemon juice and place it on the puncture site. Repeat as needed.
- Urinary infections – an unhealthy diet worsens problems with the inflammatory state of the bladder (because acidic urine increases pain). The normal pH of urine is 6.0, but the reference interval is 4.5-8.0. Metabolizing lemon juice in the human body has a slightly alkalizing effect. Drink the juice of half a lemon once or twice a day. Lemon can be used as a substitute for vinegar. Salads will liven up and lemon can be added to various sauces for pasta and fish. Fruit salads (cut fruit does not change color and stays fresh longer).
- Gallstones – about 80% of gallstones are made up of cholesterol (which is formed because the liver or bile cannot successfully expel it). Gallbladder contractions can be weakened due to a lack of stomach acid (which is caused by aging, stress or taking certain medications). This explains the reduced, regular emptying of the gallbladder and the retention of bile (which 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 gallbladder to contract and expel its contents). Lemon is then the ideal fruit.
- Digestion – lemon is a rich source of pectin (fibers that turn into a gel in the intestines and facilitate contractions). Cellulose attracts water, which facilitates digestion. That’s why one lemon a day is the best option for an adult.