The best thing about lemons is how readily available they are. They can be found in any supermarket in any town. According to nutrition data lemons provide many nutrients, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, magnesium, a good source of dietary fiber (in the peel), vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, and Copper. With all these nutritional benefits we have no excuse not to eat lemons (except allergies, no need to break out in hives or die). Not only do lemons provide nutritional benefits they can be used for DIY beauty and to keep our homes so fresh and so clean (I’m aging myself but I can’t resist)
- One lemon provides about 51% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
- Research has shown that eating fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Lemon juice may help kidney stones from reforming by increasing urine volume and increasing urinary citrate levels according to some research.
- The vitamin C in lemons helps your body absorb the iron (non-heme) from plant sources.
- Lemons can help with weight loss. A study performed with mice that were fed LP extracts from lemon peels showed suppressed body weight gain and body fat accumulation.
- Drinking a mug of hot lemon water every morning can aid with digestion (i.e., constipation).
- Higher intakes of vitamin C (lemon water) is associated with the better appearance of skin. Beauty begins on the inside.
- Swapping fruit juice for lemon water can cut numerous (unnoticed) calories from your diet.
- Use half a lemon and salt to scrub wooden cutting boards, copper, and aluminum pots.
- Simmer water, lemon rinds, and a combination of your favorite spices on the stove to freshen the air.
- Toss the remains of a juiced lemon down your garbage disposal to keep it fresh.
- Soak yellow nails in a mixture of oil (olive, avocado, coconut) and lemon juice.
- Rub each elbow with half a lemon and scrub with a loofah to eliminate scaly patches.
- Add lemon slices and Epsom salts to your bathwater once a week for a powerful detox.
- Use fractionated coconut oil, sugar in the raw, and essential lemon oil to make a body scrub.
I like to keep lemon water mixed up at all times. I use organic lemons and hothouse cucumbers. The hothouse cucumbers give it a completely different taste than the regular cucumbers, trust me. Cucumbers are 95% water, so I feel even more hydrated when I drink this mixture (because if I think it, I feel it). I peel my cucumber before I add it to the water, but it’s a personal preference. How do you guys benefit from lemons? Do you use them in your water, to cook or to clean?