By: Ana Margarita A. Olar| Vigorbuddy.com
Lemons are common flavorings of concentrated and powdered juice drinks. But, here are some reasons to stick to the good old’ freshly squeezed lemon juice:
Facilitates proper digestion and detoxification.
Lemon juice triggers the liver to secrete bile, which in turn helps in proper digestion of foods. Also, the acid content of lemon juice increases nutrient absorption and prevents bloating. It also stimulates your urinary system which helps you flush out toxins from your body.
Prevents premature aging.
Vitamin C found in lemon juice delays aging in two ways: one it blocks out the damaging effects of free radicals and two, it stimulates collagen production, thus maintaining skin elasticity. These two processes keep the skin fresh and wrinkle free.
Facilitates weight loss.
Lemons contain pectin, a fiber that gives you a feeling of satiety and helps curb cravings.
There are two ways to get the energy that the lemon fruit has to offer: one, lemon juice has a negatively charged ion and when it enters the digestive system, the result is an increased energy level and two; the scent of lemon is found to reduce anxiety level and improves mood swings.
Prevents kidney stones.
Sipping the ½ cup of lemon juice every day raises citrate levels in the urine which are found to offer protection against calcium stones.
If you think that banana is the only way to get that much-needed potassium, then check out the potassium that a lemon has to offer: 80 milligrams! So in addition to vitamin C, lemon is also rich in potassium that is good for the heart and prevents muscle weakness.
Wards off viral respiratory infections.
As you drink lemon juice, it cleanses your throat against common viruses that can cause throat infections. Additionally, its vitamin C content boosts the immune system and fights common infections.
Have anticancer properties.
Lemon is one of the citrus fruits that contain limonoids, a compound that protects body cells from damage and from developing into cancerous cells.
Promotes good oral health. (And hygiene too!)
Aside from boosting the immune system, the vitamin C found in lemon also helps lower down bacteria from our mouth, relieving toothache and gingivitis, and helps to keep our breath fresh.
For such a simple drink, the flavonoids, electrolytes, and vitamins found in lemons are very beneficial and substantial for out health.