6 Health Benefits of Lemon Juice

July 6, 2016
If the acidity of lemon juice is too much for you, try mixing it with water and adding stevia or another natural sweetener.

Fresh lemon juice that’s squeezed at home is something that’s easy to obtain. It’s also very simple to use and great for your health. We’re going to tell you about its medicinal properties and you may be inspired to consume it more often.

Your health may improve just by adding this simple daily habit to your routine. Try it out!

How to make lemon juice

Lemons which will be used to make lemon juice.

Lemon juice is extracted from the pulp of a lemon when you squeeze it.

To enhance the beneficial properties, we recommend always choosing organic lemons. It’s also a good idea to incorporate the rind, which is very rich in nutrients.

If it’s not organic, however, leave the rind out because of the significant amount of pesticides it may contain.

If you use the entire lemon, all you need to do is cut it into four pieces, add it to your food processor or blender. Then blend it for one minute with a cup of water (200 ml). You’ll strain off the liquid and your lemon juice will be ready.

If you’ve kept the rind, this beverage will have a slightly bitter flavor, in addition to the normal acidity of the juice. You can add a little pure stevia if the taste is too bitter, but avoid using sugar because it will take away from the natural benefits.

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1. It’s a powerful antioxidant

Lemon juice is a powerful antioxidant, which helps prevent the harmful effects that free radicals have on the body. It contains lots of Vitamin C, as well as flavonoids, and beta-carotenes, among others.

Free radicals come from bad habits, poor nutrition, exposure to environmental contaminants, stress, etc.

When you eat foods that are rich in antioxidants, it helps you stay healthy and improves your appearance, delaying the effects of aging.

2. It cleanses your body

Lemons are one of the most cleansing fruits in the world, helping your body remove any toxins. They also promote good liver, gallbladder, and kidney function, which indirectly improves your digestion.

The calcium and potassium in lemons helps fight fluid retention and improves your kidneys ability to cleanse your bloodstream.

3. It balances your pH

Four lemons in a bowl.

Lemon juice, despite being acidic, helps neutralize excess acid in the stomach and increase the pH of your bloodstream and your whole body in general.

When your body is too acidic, whether it’s due to a poor diet, emotional strain, or contaminants, you’re much more easily affected by a variety of diseases.

4. It protects the heart

Lemons contain large amounts of Vitamin C, hesperidin, and rutin, along with a variety of antioxidants.

These improve the elasticity of your veins and arteries, preventing diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and arteriosclerosis.

5. It helps you lose weight

Lemon put into water to add flavor to it.

Lemon juice is an excellent complement to weight loss diets because it activates your metabolism and breaks fat down.

This, combined with its ability to eliminate fluid retention and promote detox, helps you lose weight gradually while improving your health.

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6. It improves digestion

Tea with a little lemon juice added to it, lemon juice on an empty stomach, salad dressing with lemon juice… Any of these are very effective supplements for improving your digestion overall.

Lemon juice prevents heartburn and helps your body digest fats.

You can replace vinegar with lemon juice in all sorts of salads and dressings, and add it to any stews or baked dishes. It will add a nice zest to desserts.

When you add lemon juice to your meals it also improves your absorption of iron, thus helping fight anemia naturally.

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