Lemons are a wonderful fruit and are part of the citrus family of fruits, along with oranges, limes and grapefruits. They naturally grow in warm climates near the equator, but can be grown indoors in pots in colder climates.
They should be listed in all of those lists of super foods because they are quite extraordinary in their ability to help the body maintain optimum health. If you’d like to know how these amazing little yellow fruits can help you become the healthiest you can be read on for tips!
Cleanse Your Liver
In the morning your digestive system is in a state of fasting because you have not had any food in your system all night. This is the prime time to give your liver a jump start for the day in its efforts to detoxify your body of all of the harmful substances we encounter in our modern world. An excellent easy way to do this it to slice a lemon into quarters and squeeze one quarter sized piece into a medium sized glass of warm water.
Drink all of the lemon water, and then wait 20-30 minutes before eating your first meal. Store the remaining three quarter-sized pieces in the refrigerator in a container for the following days, or use them in herbal teas throughout the day to add wonderful flavour to your favourite tea.
Fight Against Colds and Flu
Lemons are a powerful addition to your fight against colds and flu. The juice of a lemon helps to boost your immune system and helps it to fight off infections like the cold and flu. It also helps to clear out any gunk that has built up in the organs that make up your immune system.
It is the powerful antioxidant, vitamin C, in lemons that help to support the immune system. Next time you feel a cold or flu coming on try adding a bit of lemon juice and honey to a glass of warm water and drink. It could help!
Fires Up Your Digestive Juices
Another benefit of drinking warm lemon water in the morning, as previously described, is that it helps to fire up your digestive juices. Our stomachs go into fasting mode over night and it can be hard on the system to just begin eating straight away when you first wake up in the morning.