10 Things You Didn’t Know About Lemons
Often overlooked but not to be underestimated, there’s more to a lemon than its sunny yellow color and clean fragrance. During the California Gold Rush, lemons were so highly valued for the ability to protect against scurvy that people willingly paid up to $1 for them (equivalent to roughly $25.00 in today’s money). Though their price has since dropped, their healing properties remain intact.
1. Lemon juice aids digestion by cleansing the liver. Drink a glass of tepid water with lemon juice first thing in the morning to reap the cleansing benefits.
2. There are several varieties of lemons each unique in origin and flavor. Eureka and Lisbon lemons are more sour while Meyer lemons taste sweeter.
3. Lemons are high in vitamin C making them perfect for fighting colds and fever.
4. The highest quality and juiciest lemons have thinner skin.
5. Antioxidants in lemons are more abundant the riper the fruit.
6. Lemons have antibacterial and antiviral properties which make them ideal cleaning agents.
7. The smell of lemon can reduce anxiety and increase focus.
8. A small amount of lemon juice can actually quench thirst better than a lot of water.
9. Lemon juice slows down oxidation which can keep metals from tarnishing and fruit from turning brown (many like to squeeze lemon over apples to for this very reason).
10. One lemon tree can produce up to 600 pounds of lemons per year.
Marissa Vicario – Certified Health and Wellness Coach
Marissa Vicario is the founder of Marissa’s Well-being and Health (MWAH!). As a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Marissa works with urban professionals who want to lose weight, control their cravings and feel more energized without dieting, deprivation or calorie-counting. After spending more than a decade as a junk food vegetarian, Marissa navigated her way to health, becoming an expert in balancing wellness with a demanding workload. She regularly lectures on wellness, teaches cooking classes and is a healthy lifestyle blogger and freelance writer. Marissa received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and is a graduate of Northwestern University and New York University. Visit her blog at www.whereineedtobe.com.
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