Power of Lemons

 Health benefits of lemons

QUICK FACTS

  • Antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting components  
  • Digestive aid
  • Liver cleanser
  • Positive effects on our gut, stomach, liver and overall immunity due to it’s high levels of calcium, potassium, magnesium and copper
  • Contains composites with antioxidant and cancer fighting properties

BENEFITS OF LEMONS

1.Improves Digestion

Lemon juice acts similar to digestive juices and saliva helping to break down food, encourages the liver to produce bile and keeps food particles moving smoothly through our gastrointestinal tract.

The acid in lemon juice encourages our body to process foods slowly.  This drawn-out absorption means insulin levels remain steady and we receive more nutrients from the foods we consume.  

Try warm lemon water for heartburn, indigestion and bloating.  

2.  Immunity boost

Our bodies don’t make Vitamin C on their own so we need additional help from our diet.  Lemons are full of Vitamin C, stimulating the production of white blood cells, crucial for a healthy immunity. 

3.  Balances pH

Our pH level speaks to the balance between the alkaline and acidic properties in the body.  When in an acidic state the body breeds sickness and disease.  Adding more alkaline foods, such as lemons, brings our pH levels back into balance so our body can repair and heal itself.  Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods we can eat.  

4.  Boosts energy

Energy comes from atoms and molecules in our food.  When negative-charged ions, like those in lemons, enter the digestive tract, the result is an increase in energy.  

5.  Skin and body rejuvenation

Antioxidants in vitamin C fight damage caused by free radicals, keeping our skin looking fresh and young.  Vitamin C also assists in producing collagen.  Increasing collagen levels can help our skin look firmer, assisting cells to renew and repair, decreasing joint pain and improving digestion by breaking down protein and healing the protective lining in the digestive tract.   

HOW TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR DIET

Enjoy a warm glass of water and lemon juice first thing in the morning to kick-start your metabolism and digestion.  This will also give you a boost of energy.

A QUICK RECIPE: Lemon Chicken Breasts

  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 9 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 c dry white wine
  • 1 T lemon zest
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp minced fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 bonesless, skin-on chicken breasts
  • 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In saucepan, warm olive oil and garlic on low-medium heat for 1 minute.  Remove from heat and add wine, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, and salt and pour into a 9x12 inch baking dish.  

Pat the chicken dry and place skin side up over the sauce.  Brush the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.  Cut the lemon in 8 wedges and place among the pieces of chicken.  

Bake for 30-40 minutes until the chicken is done and the skin is slightly brown.  

*Tip:  When drinking lemon water make sure the water temperature is warm to lukewarm.  It’s difficult for our body to process ice cold water.