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6 Health benefits of Lemon

Written By Kottayam Kitchen on Friday, April 19, 2013 | April 19, 2013

Health benefits of Lemon

Lemon juice is a fruit juice obtained by squeezing lemons. It is often used to make lemonade or as an important part of many fruit cocktails and salads. Lemons are oval in shape and have a yellow, texturized outer peel. Their inner flesh is encased in eight to ten segments and full of healthy acidic juice. Available throughout the whole year, lemons are not just perfectly refreshing but they also contain unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. The interesting fact about lemons is that as they fully ripen, almost to the point of spoilage, their antioxidant levels actually increase.

1. Boosts your immune system 

Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
2. Balances pH
Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they're alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health.
3. Helps with weight loss
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. And, my experience is that when I start the day off right, it's easier to make the best choices for myself the rest of the day.
4. Aids digestion
The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen  toxins, in the digestive tract.
5. Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clears skin
The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.

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