The Power of Lemons
The first thing you should know about lemons is that they are extremely alkalizing in your body, despite their acidic taste. This is important because virtually every overweight person has an acidic body.
To maintain each system’s ideal pH level, your body naturally removes (flushes out) as many acids and toxins as it can. It does this through things like urination, defecation, and sweating. But when your body becomes overrun with more toxins and acids than it can remove, it automatically produces fat cells to store this excessive waste.
While fat cells actually perform an important function in this regard, excess fat is also dangerous, especially when you continue to add in more toxins and acids from processed foods, medications, and even environmental and food chemicals. It’s an ongoing and dangerous battle and why most diets simply can’t work.
Apart from lemon’s powerful alkalizing properties , this amazing fruit has a number of other significant health benefits:
Lemon Health Benefits
Nutritionally, lemons are essentially 10 percent carbohydrates (sugars and fiber), 88-89 percent water and 1-2 percent protein and fat (mostly good polyunsaturated fats, including omega-3 and 6 fats). They are also full of numerous vitamins and minerals, the most abundant being vitamin C. 1 lemon contains about 59 percent of your recommended daily intake of the vitamin (5). Vitamin C is an essential vitamin and potent antioxidant that is important for healthy immune function and skin health among other things
The following health benefits of lemons result from its many vitamins and fiber this fruit offers, as well as a number of powerful plant compounds
1. Improves Cardiovascular Health
The heart health benefits of lemons include lower risk of stroke and lower blood cholesterol levels.
2. Prevents Kidney Stones.
Lemons are high in citric acid, which increases urine output, a key factor in preventing the formation of kidney stones . Citric acid also helps to dissolve gallstones and calcium deposits.
3. Prevents Anemia
While lemons contain small amounts of iron, the significant amounts of vitamin C and citric acid help to increase the absorption of iron from other foods, which can prevent anemia according to studies .
4. Prevents Cancer
Studies show lemons may help reduce the risk of many cancers. Researchers attribute this to hesperidin and d-limonene , just two of the many potent flavonoids found in lemons that are known to contain antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties.
5. Enhances Immune Function.
Not only can the powerful antioxidants in lemons boost your body’s immune system, but they can also protect you from developing serious diseases.
6. Detoxifies Your Liver
Lemon enhances your liver’s ability to filter out unwanted toxins by increasing enzyme function and stimulating your liver. A 2005 study published in BMC Pharmacology, shows that hesperidin demonstrates the ability to protect your liver from damage, even by potent toxins.
7. Cleanses your Bowels.
Lemons increase peristalsis in your bowels, helping to create regular bowel movements, thereby eliminating toxins and improving regular bowel function.
8. Decreases Stress and Improve Mood.
While no one will argue that drinking a nice cool glass of lemonade on a sweltering summer day can lighten your mood, science actually proves that smelling lemon essential oil “alleviates both physical and psychological stress.”
9. Improves Satiety
The pectin in lemon pulp not only keeps you feeling full longer, but it feeds friendly bacteria in your gut, thus promoting good health and decreased risk of disease .
How To Use Lemon To Burn Fat
Day 1: Bottoms Up
You should always drink lemon water on an empty stomach. So, first thing in the morning, fill an 8-ounce glass with warm water and add about 1-1½ freshly squeezed lemons (2 tbsp lemon juice). Stir and drink. Do the same thing about a half hour before lunch. Make sure to eat healthy foods during the day.
Day 2: Add Mineral Water and Detoxify
Follow the instructions for Day 1—drink warm water and freshly squeezed lemon juice on an empty stomach a half hour before both breakfast and lunch. Now, drink another 2-3 liters of mineral water throughout the day. Add the juice of about 6 lemons to the mineral water for better results and simply sip the mixture all day long.
Day 3: Drink Lemon Water during Lunch
Follow the instructions for drinking lemon water on an empty stomach in the morning, but at lunchtime, you can drink your lemon water with your meal instead of a half hour before eating. Continue drinking your mineral water throughout the day.
Day 4-5: Rinse and Repeat
Continue as you did for Day 3. Remember to drink your warm lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
Day 6: Just 2 Glasses Of Lemon Water
Continue your Day 1 morning ritual of warm lemon water on an empty stomach. You need only to drink 1 more glass of lemon water during the day—either at lunch or dinner. You can cut back on the mineral water and lemon; just consume plain mineral or filtered water throughout the day.
Day 7: A New Habit For A Lifetime
Drink your Day 1 morning glass of warm lemon water on an empty stomach and eat healthy throughout the day. If you continue this habit every morning, you will keep your body alkalized and healthy. This morning ritual will keep the fat at bay and boost your immune system so you are healthy all year long! Don’t forget to drink plenty of clean, fresh water throughout the day to ensure you flush out any toxins and hydrate your body.