Why wait for life to hand you lemons, grab ’em now
Oct 24 2013
Why are lemons so good for you? Well first of all, they are great beauty aids. Lemon juice can help dry up pimples and oily skin, remove dandruff, cleanse your face and your body — some people even use them in the final hair rinsewhile shampooing for the shine it adds to the hair.
I am sure you already know that lemons contain vitamin C. Vitamin C which has the power to fight free radicals in our bodies, is an important immunity booster. Lemons also help to rid our bodies of toxins by stimulating the liver to produce its natural enzymes.
The citric acid in lemon juice has the ability to help in the elimination of calcium deposits in the arteries as well as pancreatic and kidney stones. So, often when we feel queasy, the first thing we try to sip is lemon juice. That is because it immediately soothes the stomach acids.
Lemons are acidic in their very nature but the beauty of lemons is that the minute we consume them, they have an alkalinising effect on our bodies. They help to balance our pH levels. We should try and maintain an alkaline state for our bodies and one way we can do that is by sipping water which has a slice of lemon dropped into it. In fact, in my house, every morning I fill a jug with water and drop 2 slices of lemons in it without squeezing. I drink this water the whole day and replenish it regularly. I change the lemon slices every day.
Regular use of lemons can help in cancer cases too. How? According to studies, lemons contain a form of citrus pectin and limonoids, which help prohibit the spread of cancer cells by not only slowing the growth of cancer cells but actually killing the cancer cells! And lemons help to reduce inflammation in bodies as well as improve blood pressure.
Be inventive and use lemons in as many ways as you possibly can. Your health will only gain, and so will your taste buds. Use lemon juice in your pasta, in your sauces, in your salads, even your rice dishes, and taste the difference. Enjoy this recipe (from my book The Vegan Kitchen: Bollywood Style!) from Ann Esselstyn, wife of internationally renowned heart specialist,
Dr Caldwlel Esselstyn Jr.