Thinking Loud: Can Lemons Help My Family Stay Fit | Lemon Beauty
Lemons are extraordinarily rich sources of healing compounds that improve immunity, strengthen blood vessels, help skin to heal and sometimes even block certain cell changes that can lead to cancer. A quick rub of lemon in the armpits helps to combat unpleasant smells, a squeeze of lemon added to hot water and honey is the perfect sore-throat elixir, and lemon is a vital ingredient when it comes to making homemade cough mixtures. So, can lemons really help my family stay fit?
Happy Thursday, friendly faces!
I am writing this while watching a documentary on National Geographic, so apologies in advance for any missing words or trailing thoughts…..But I did just see an Early Man, HEllO WHAT’S GOING ON! Okay. Let’s talk lemons. They work in sweet and savoury dishes, in desserts and drinks. And they’ve been around for a long, long time.
A little story
It is believed that centuries ago, British sailors ate lemons by the boatload to prevent scurvy, a deadly disease caused by vitamin “C” deficiency. A single lemon contains 40 mg vitamin C, the full recommended daily target intake. We don’t worry about scurvy anymore because there are so many sources of Vitamin C in our diet, but; however, lemons provide a host of other benefits. BBC says, lemon trees originally existed in the foothills of the southern Himalayas, and it wasn’t until the weather shifted and became drier that they began to spread
The Power of Citrus
Pucker up, mothers! Never underestimate the power of vitamin C- or the tried and trusted advice to drink lemony drinks when you or your family gets a cold. The vitamin C in lemons reduces levels of histamine, the chemical that contributes to stuffed noses and runny eyes.
The body uses vitamin ‘C’ to boost the activity of immune cells and manufacture collagen, which is a tissue-building substance that assists in wound healing.
It is also a powerful antioxidant and reduces levels of unstable cell-damaging molecules known as free radicals, and helps to guard against heart diseases. (Several studies have shown that low levels of vitamin C increase the risk of a heart attack.) When cholesterol becomes oxidised – attacked by free radicals- it’s more likely to turn into artery-blocking plaque.
The body uses vitamin C to boost the activity of immune cells and manufacture collagen, the tissue building substance that assists in wound healing.
Are Lemons Safe for Babies
Fresh lime juice is great during summers, and it can be given occasionally to babies who are 8 months and older. Lemon juice taken in diluted form boosts immunity in younger children because their immune system is still developing.
Diarrhoea is usually common in infants, and the first issue that worries a mother is to restore the body’s water level. As a new mother, I didn’t know how to deal with the upset tummy of an infant and did what I had always known was the only solution to an upset tummy- diluted lemon juice. It cured an upset tummy just like that. You too can treat your baby by feeding the baby a glass of water with a tablespoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt. However, do ask your doctor before introducing new foods to the baby.
Lemon Beauty benefits
If applied often enough to age spots, lemon juice will eventually fade marks of maturity. This is because the vitamin C in lemon is anti-pigmentation and reduces melanin You can also dab it into acne for faster healing. Beauty and fashion brands are also developing an intimate connection with nature. Now more than ever is a great time to rethink beauty and style needs in preparation for your next Zoom meetings, home workouts and after five delights.
Lemon makes an ideal home remedy for your acne problem because of its antibacterial properties. Squeeze a lemon and apply the juice with a cotton ball directly on acne. Leave it on the skin until the juice dries out completely. Rinse with water. I have oily skin and lemon juice works like an elixir. However, you can follow the right directions for using it correctly to avoid possible side effects. But if it suits you, there is nothing like this remedy to treat acne completely.
Lemon juice can also be mixed with some natural ingredients like honey, yoghurt or chickpea to dilute the sting of raw lemon juice, as well as enhance it’s antibacterial properties!
Fewer Kidney Stones
Lemons are loaded with citric acid, a chemical that reduces calcium excretion and helps to prevent the formation of these painful little stones. Two litres of lemonade daily, with little or no sugar, is as effective as Citrate medications.
Lemon zest is rich in a bioflavonoid– a group of anti-oxidant plant chemicals, called Rutin which strengthens the walls of veins and capillaries and reduces the pain and even the occurrence of varicose veins.
A chemical found in lemon peel and the white membrane beneath it is Limonene. Experiments suggest that Limonene has significant anti-tumour activity. Researchers are now investigating Limonene for its potential application as a cancer treatment and preventive, especially breast cancer. Scientists tested the substance- in the laboratory – on human breast cancer cells and found that it inhibited their growth. Limonene also causes Oestrogen to break down into a weaker form in the body, which is important because raised oestrogen levels are linked with a higher risk of breast cancer. Limonene also boosts the liver’s ability to remove potential carcinogens from the
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In conclusion- A word of caution
Clemson studies found that when someone with E.coli (a strain of bacteria) on their hands touched a wet lemon, a shocking 100 per cent of the bacteria were transferred to the lemon slice. So, the next time you opt for a glass of water; and the restaurant drops a slice of lemon to make it not quite as boring as regular water- you know plain water is fine!
Oh, and the primitive man was shown picking up limes in National Geographic.
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