Lemon. Sour, fragrant and one of the most diversified superfoods going.
Here are 5 reasons you should be chucking lemons into your trolley like there’s no tomorrow!
Lemons, like other citrus fruits, contain a nice healthy dose of vitamin C, which is a fantastic antioxidant.
Antioxidants are molecules that fight the free radicals that enter your body and prevent them from making you sick.
Especially in the colder seasons, squeeze a slice of lemon into your drinking water for an easy vitamin C boost.
2. Aids digestion
If you do decide to freshen up a drink or meal with a squeeze of lemon, you may not have realised but you’re actually ingesting a natural laxative!
Lemon tea, or simply a hot mug of water with a splash of lemon juice is a great way to get the digestive cogs turning smoothly.
Ayurvedic medicine, which you may have stumbled across with either turmeric or ashwagandha, says the sour taste of lemon prevents the buildup of toxins and aids the digestive system.
3. Prevents kidney stones
By increasing urine volume and increasing potassium and citric acid in the bladder, kidney stone formation can be prevented and reduced with increasing your intake of lemon.
The citrate in citric acid reduces supersaturation, as well as preventing calcium crystal growth. For more information on this, check out Medical and Dietary Therapy for Kidney Stone Prevention.
Essentially though, drinking lemon water can both prevent, and break down and flush out kidney stones.
4. Keeps you feeling full
The peel and pulp of lemon contain pectin, which has shown to make people feel fuller for longer.
When pectin absorbs water it expands and fills the stomach. Your stomach then sends signals to the brain to tell it that it’s full.
Pectin has the consistency of jelly, so it also takes longer to leave the stomach, resulting in feeling full for longer.
5. Tastes great
Lemon water, whether hot or cold, as well as lemon tea, are both deliciously refreshing ways to either start your day or wind down after a busy one.
Lemon can be used as an ingredient in legions of recipes, from tea as mentioned, to cakes and sauces. In one sitting you could guzzle down a detoxifying lemon tea, a lean, muscle-building lemon chicken and decadent slice of lemon cake.
It’s likely already a part of your diet, but as with anything, it’s best you’re consuming it in the healthiest ways and eating as part of a balanced diet.